Jeffersonian Bookstand

I made this bookstand as a donation for a silent auction next month benefiting the local breast cancer unit. It is a copy of one at Monticello, Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, Va. It allows you to have up to 5 open books at one time and it turns 360 degrees. Jefferson is given credit for its invention by some, others say he merely improved on an older French design. I used General Finishes Jel stain and a coat of Jeff Vandenberg’s wax.

Woods: maple

Tools: table saw thickness planer belt sander random orbit sander

Jack

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Brian ...

That is beautiful and a piece inspired by one of the greatest thinkers America ever produced. Great project and beautiful execution. I hope it gets top dollar at the auction. I’m sure it would stand well on it’s own, but being a Monticello replica, it will go for an even higher price. Good luck and let us know how it comes out at auction.

Madts ...

Very interesting project. Amazing what those old farts thought of. Wonder if it will work as well for smart phones?

Madts.

Thorreain ...

Well done Jack, great take on a classic. I hope it fairs well at auction.

a1jim ...

Very nice work Jack

Steve Tow ...

Really unique, I’ll bet they will be bidding
Like crazy on this piece!

Jeff Vandenberg ...

Very cool project jack. How did the wax work for you? The finish looks awesome.

lanwater ...

A great project for a great cause.
I hope it takes in serious money.

James L Wilcox ...

Very nicely done. Looks fantastic. Hope it gets big bids at the BCA auction, very worthy cause.

jim webster ...

good job very nice

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

Never seen one before , but You did a really nice job

Sheri ...

Great job. I need ones of these.

Jack ...

Thank everyone for the kind words. The wax did a great job Jeff, thank you. Brian I am hoping it will be received well in this area because Jefferson’s summer home, Popular Forest in Forest, VA is only about 25 miles away. Thank you.

kiefer ...

I like the look of this and I hope that it will bring top dollar as it is a rather rare and historic item .
You did a great job on this and it shows true care and craftsmanship and good selection of materials and hardware .

Klaus

Jack ...

Thank you Klaus for the very kind words, means a lot coming from you.

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