How to Make a Wooden Cookbook Stand

Cookbook stand are small stands that are built to hold a recipe book while you are cooking. These stands keep your recipe within hand’s reach and easy to refer to. If you are a person who loves collecting recipes and trying them at home, this project is for you. Making a cookbook stand is simple and easy with these instructions.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • 1 by 4 lumber
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Miter saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Gloves
  • Ear muffs
  • Thin, small screws
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush

Step 1 – Planning the Design

Plan the design of your cookbook stand. You will need a base for your stand and a back panel to hold the book. You will also need 2 wooden bars, one to support the back panel and the other one to hold the book pages in place.

Step 2 – Measuring the Back Panel

Place the 1 by 4 lumber on the work bench. Measure 15 1/2 inches from one end of the wood and mark it. Also, measure 11 1/2 inches from the other end and mark it. This is the length and width of the back panel of the cookbook stand.

Step 3 – Measuring the Base and Wooden Bars

The length and width of the base is 11 1/2 inches. Mark this measurement on the lumber. The length of the wooden bar supporting the back panel is 11 1/2 inches and that of the other bar is 15 1/2 inches. The width of the 2 bars is the same, 2 inches.

Step 4 – Cutting the Lumber

The lower end of the back panel, the 2 ends of the supporting wooden bar and the longer lower end of the wooden bar in the front are cut at a 45 degree angle. All the other ends are cut at a 90 degree angle.

Step 5 – Pre-drill the Screw Holes

Measure 4 inches from one end of the base and mark it. Draw a straight line to the opposite side. This is where you are going to place the back panel. Now, drill 3 holes in the base, 1 in the center and 2 at both sides of the cookbook stand. Also, drill 3 holes at the front part of the base to place the wooden bar. Holes are also drilled at the 2 ends of the wooden bar supporting the back panel.

Step 6 – Apply Wood Stain

Rub all the lumber pieces thoroughly with fine grit sandpaper. This will remove any imperfections on the wood. Apply wood stain evenly and leave it to dry.

Step 7 – Attach the Back Panel on Base Panel

Place the base panel on the work bench, with the 3 holes at the extreme end facing you. Place the back panel vertically on the base panel with the angled end facing down. Apply glue at that end and screw it in place.

Step 8 – Attach the Wooden Bars on the Base Panel

Take the shorter wooden bar and apply glue on the angled ends. Place 1 end on the back panel and the other end on the base panel. Screw it in place. Also, apply glue on the angled side of the other wood bar and screw it in position. This wooden cookbook stand is now ready to hold your recipe book.