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Video: Folding the Folding Bookstand

The June 2018 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine features an article I wrote about making a folding bookstand using scraps and copper rivets. It’s a design based on 18th-century pieces that were popular among British military officers.

Several readers have requested a video that shows how the bookstand folds and unfolds. So here you go.

Though the mechanism looks complicated, it’s not. If you have a drill press, this project is a piece of cake. The only odd skill is riveting, which I cover in this blog entry.

— Christopher Schwarz

2 thoughts on “Video: Folding the Folding Bookstand

  1. Kris

    Interesting. I have coffee table book for which I was just thinking that I would like to build a book stand. Is there a trick to getting a book to stay open on this stand or do you just have to break the spine?

  2. Budgieman

    Ah the magic of video!
    I read the article the day the digital download came out, and have been hanging out for the last fortnight to find out more, because I couldn’t work out how the outside vertical stiles join to the bottom rail, because there was obviously no rivet.
    It didn’t occur to me that there was no joint at all!