Keep recipes at the ready or your favorite inspirational image or passage on full view on your coffee table with an easy to make X Shape Open Book Stand. Crafted with pine wood and in any finish you like, it’s sturdy enough to hold and display your favorite coffee table books, cookbooks in your kitchen and more.
A few posts ago, I showed you how I added faux flowers to the oversized low bowl I made and placed it on my coffee table.
I really like the pop of color that this adds to the space and wanted to find some way to bring my coffee table books to life.
Coffee table books alone can make a statement on a table. Instead of having a pile of them on the table, I looked into the idea of opening one on a stand to display a colorful page from a book.
I saw this at Pottery Barn and was ready to order it, but is was back-ordrered. I didn’t want to wait till summer to get it, so I decided to make my own.
I thought I could make it the same way as this X-shape magazine holder is made with a few tweaks. I wanted mine to look like the one sold at Pottery Barn where the legs are shorter and the open angle is 45 degrees not 90 degrees like the rack above.
So… I got a few pieces of scrap lumber and tried to make it. Easy when you want the X to be 90 degrees. If I had a workshop full of tools, I may have been able to make it using the cut pattern shown above, but add a 45 degree angle into the cuts. I am sure it can be done with the right tools, but I only have a few woodworking saws and tools, none right to make a 45 degree cut.
I was perplexed and decided to ask my neighbor, who has a fully equipped wood shop that would make any woodworker proud, if he could help me figure out a way.
He did. He used 3 pieces of wood with simple cuts. Which makes the project easier for those without just the right kind of saw. All you need to make this is a simple saw and an inexpensive miter box.
The 3 pieces are then glued together. I wasn’t sure the glue would hold up, but I am happy to report – it does. :-)
My DIY X Shape Open Book Stand
Here is what the x shape stand looks like painted, but not yet sealed with a finish.
I added one more part to my stand. I placed it on a ready-made turntable that I painted the same color as the x stand so that it would spin the book in any direction for someone to look at while sitting on the sofa or on the opposite side.
The x shape open book stand is a decorative way to display your favorite book…
… or to use in the kitchen to hold a cookbook you are using to make a meal. Having it spins allows you to see it when you move around your workspace.
For now I am using it on my coffee table.
Watch This Short Video To See How The Stand Spins
How to Make an X Shape Open Book Stand
I made my x shape open book stand to fit on the turntable I bought at Walmart. The overall dimensions of my stand are: 15″ wide x 7-3/4″ deep x 5″ high. When placed on turntable, it is 6″ high.
The size of the stand sold at Pottery Barn is: Overall: 13″ wide x 9″ deep x 5.25″ high
- Scrap wood cut into 3 separate pieces:
- 7-3/4″ x 11-1/8″
- 7-3/4″ x 3″
- 7-3/4″ x 8″
- Saw to cut wood
- Wood glue
- Paint and paint brush
- Sealer – Minwax Polycrylic in a Matte finish
- Optional: Wood Turntable Spice Rack
- drill, drill bit and wood filler
Time needed: 2 hours.
How to Make an X Shape Open Book Stand
- Figure Out Dimensions
If you want to place the stand on the turntable then use my measurements. This printable .pdf will help you figure out how to cut the 3 pieces of wood.
Here is the link to the printable .pdf: X Shaped Book Stand
- Cut Wood
Cut the 3 pieces of wood to the size. Sand to smooth the wood.
- Assemble the Stand
The stand comes together by placing the shorter board with the 45 degree angle cut on to the long board as shown below.
The small angled board goes underneath.
- Check Measuements
Before gluing check that all the boards are in the right placement. One way to do this is to make sure the measurement on each board are the same on both sides.
To attach the boards use wood glue. I brushed a even coat over the edges, then held the pieces together for a minute until the glue held.
If you have the right type of wood clamps, use them to hold the pieces together until the glue is dry.
- Side View
Here is what the assembled stand looks like laying on its side.
- Sand Wood
If needed, sand and clean the wood before painting or staining.
I used black chalk paint to paint my stand, but you can choose any color paint or stain you like.
- Optional: Turntable Base
If you want your open book stand to turn 360 degrees around as mine does, purchase a turntable. I found mine at Walmart – link is in the supply list above.
It is a two-tier turntable. I only used the turn mechanism and the bottom tier.
- Take Apart Bottom Circle
For the turntable, you will only need the bottom circle where the turning mechanism is attached.
To get a smooth look, I flipped the wood circle so that the smooth side of the wood circle would be on top. Very easy change.
I removed the screw holding the turntable onto the wood circle. I flipped it so that the hole and border side of the wood faced down.
I pushed an awl through the hole until the point popped out to the other side, then I attached the turntable back onto the the bottom. You could also use a drill and drill bit to do this.
Fill the whole with wood filler and sand.
- All Done