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Roubo Book Stand Phase 1

20130820-150634.jpg This is my third attempt at a Roubo book stand. The first one went wrong because I marked it wrong. The second one failed due to bad chisel work (not deep enough to split the hinge successfully). The third one worked. I suspect I’ll finish it with a few more details and some smoothing, but it was sort of a proof of concept for an easy sort of “wood puzzle” that has utility around the house.

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The hinge is a little tight because the spacing was tight by a millimeter or so; but I suppose I’m just being picky about that. This is really an exercise in doing careful and precise ripping and chisel work.

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The only real cut problem was the crosscut to take the front part off— the pine warped while I was cutting it, as you can see, forcing overcuts to get through the bowed part. Easy to sand out, but it took me a minute to figure out what happened. The wood moved after it was ripped.

My paring skills need improvement too. This project really made me lust after a good 1″ old-school paring chisel badly. A nice long handle one with a thin blade would make this sort of work much easier.

I’ve got a nice piece of curly cherry I’d like to make one of these out of, if I get my courage up. Three tries is kind of pitiful to try and get something so simple done.