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. 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.
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. After gluing all of the parts together, the last thing to do is drill a hole in the base for a dowel.