How to make a (Cook) book holder
Do you like cooking? Do you always cook your tried and tested favourites or do you like to try something new out of a cook book? I’m in the last group, I love trying new things. Cook book have the habit of not wanting to stay open on the right page though. Thats where this book holder comes in! Made from pallet wood and copper pipe it will keep your pages from turning over mid recipe.
Not just for cook books I think the book holder will look great in your bookcase too. Turn to a favourite page, put the book in the holder and you have a nice display piece.
To make to book holder you need:
Pallet wood plank
Tape or clamp
Drill with 16 mm paddle drill piece
1 meter of 15 mm copper pipe pipe cutter
4 copper elbow pieces 15 mm
2 copper end caps 15 mm
Paint optional, I used Rust-Oleum Furniture paint in Coral
To make the holder you
1. Cut your pallet wood plank in 3 pieces of 40 cm in length, sand the planks smooth.
2. Glue your planks together using Gorilla Wood Glue on the sides, tape or clamp together for 20 - 30 minutes. Leave to cure for 24 hours.
3. You can paint a shape on to your wooden board, I used a plate to draw a circle on my board but a triangle or rectangle can be cute too.
4. Paint your shape, I used Rust-Oleum Furniture paint in Coral
5. Cut your copper pipe in to a 30 cm, two 15 cm and a 10 cm piece. Make a mark on your pipe where you need to cut with a sharpie, push the pipe cutter over the mark and twist the cutter round until the cut is made.
6. Glue the 30 cm piece to two elbows using the Gorilla Glue Clear and glue the 15 cm pieces to the elbows too. The glue activates with water so lightly dampen the pipe with a bit of water before glueing. Make sure your pipe joints are flat, grip surfaces together for 2 hours. Leave to cure for 24 hours.
7. When your first joints have cured glue the 10 cm pieces to the elbows
8. The Gorilla Wood Glue would have completely set after 24hrs. Mark where you need to cut holes for your copper frame. Just line the frame up to the board and draw around the pipe with a pencil .
9. Drill holes using a paddle drill piece, I used a 16 mm drill piece. Sand the drilled holes smooth
10. Push the frame through the holes and glue the end caps in place with Gorilla Glue Clear. Grip for 20 -30 minutes. Fully cured after 24 hours.
Do you have a favourite cook book? The two used in these pictures are definitely in my all time favourite list. Homemade Zomer by Yvette van Boven (the title is Dutch for Handmade Summer, there is an English version of this book too) and Tex Mex from Scratch by Jonas Cramby
What are you going to cook up next?