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Bench Top Plans Stand

By: Erich Lage
Keep your project plans close by with this simple stand.

08 11 1 Here’s a problem that almost every woodworker can relate to. You’re in the middle of a project and you need to check your plans. Of course, your bench is covered in tools and materials. It then becomes something of a treasure hunt trying to find your plans that are now buried under all the mess. 08 11 3 To fix this frustrating problem, I built the simple plan holder that you see above. The unique thing about it is that I installed a dowel on the bottom side that is the same size as the dog holes on my workbench. This allows me to position the stand wherever there’s a dog hole and the plans can be pivoted to any position and will not fall over. 08 11 5

Slant Base.

The construction of the plan stand starts with a base that is glued up from three layers of plywood. The face of the blank is then beveled at 70° to create a wedge-shaped base. Attached to the base are a back, a narrow spacer, and a hardboard lip. The bottom edges of each of these pieces are beveled at 70° to match the angle of the base. The angle allows the magazine to stand up without falling over, and the lip keeps the pages spread open. 08 11 7 After gluing all of the parts together, the last thing to do is drill a hole in the base for a dowel.

Published: Aug. 11, 2022
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