The best part about making your own book stands is that you can customize them any way you like and the materials cost is minimal. On the other hand, you need the right equipment and enough time to get them done. As artists, I think we all understand that problem. :)
Maybe the following pieces will inspire you to create (or buy) your own handmade book stands.
Rhonda Miller (a.k.a. MyHandboundBooks on Etsy) is lucky enough to have a talented woodworker for a father and he made her these book stands:
Here they are in use:
Rhonda gave her books some height in the back of her table, which is a great idea.
Indie publisher and book artist Hamish MacDonald was looking for a way to photograph his books while open and developed (and built) the following design:
And if you don’t want to make them yourself, you can always support another Etsian - Randy Arnold:
he’s been featured on the BEST blog.
I did some web searching (a dangerous pastime of mine) and found some plans for making your own wood book stands:
- Wooden Book Stand Plan - Rod's Woodworking Shop
- Oak Book Stand - About.com Woodworking Guide
- Home Made Recipe Book Stand - Flowering Elbow
- How to Make a Jeffersonian Bookstand - David Colarusso (If you make this, let me know – it’s insane and I’d love to see pics!)
Many thanks to everyone who shared their photos for use in this post!