How to Make a Book Holder

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Things You'll Need

  • 68-inch wood board, 1 1/2 inches by 3/4 inch

  • 14 wood screws, 1 1/2 inches

  • Drill

  • Saw

  • Sandpaper

Book holders can be used to reduce back strain, keep your hands free and hold a recipe book away from kitchen messes. You could purchase a book holder from a store or quickly assemble the one described here in a few hours. This book holder or stand is not too difficult to make if you have basic carpentry skills. Adjust the dimensions or embellish as you see fit.


Step 1

Cut the 1 1/2-inch by 3/4-inch board into two 18-inch lengths, two 9-inch lengths and one 3-inch length. Cut the remaining board into two 5 1/2-inch lengths with a 45-degree angle on one end. Sand any rough edges.

Step 2

Align the two 9-inch pieces to the ends of one 18-inch piece, and connect with two screws on each side. On the same side of the 18-inch board that you connected the 9-inch boards, connect the 3-inch board in the center of the 18-inch board using two screws.


Step 3

Connect the top 18-inch board on the opposite side you connected the sides and center support.

Step 4

Finished book holder, back

Attach the one 5 1/2-inch board to one side directly underneath the top horizontal board, facing the 45-degree angle toward the side board. Attach with two screws, and repeat on the other side.


Step 5

Finished book holder, front

Turn the frame over and lean it back so it rests on its "legs."

Step 6

Book holder with book

Set your book on the bottom ledge with the spine supported by the middle piece.


Hide the screws with filler and paint, or use wood stain and varnish to make your book holder more attractive.


Always be careful using a saw and drill. Follow all appropriate safety procedures.