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Recipe Box Bookends
This project appeared in our August 22nd, 2003 Newsletter.

Recipe Box Bookends

A couple of weeks ago we made a really nice little recipe box. Well this week we are making two and turning them into bookends.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2' X 2' X 1/4" plywood
  • 12" X 6" X 1/2" Poplar
  • (4) 1/2" hinges
  • Small Brads
  • Glue
  • 2 metal bookends
This project uses 15 degrees for a lot of the cuts. The measurements are to the longer side so you will cut back 15 degrees.
Cut (4) side pieces of 1/4" plywood 6" X 5".
Cut 15 degrees from the top corner to the other side.
From where that cut meets the other side cut 90 degrees down to the bottom. See Picture.

Cut (2) backs 5 1/8" X 6". The cut across the top should be beveled 15 degrees.
Cut (2) fronts 4 13/16" X 5 1/8". The cut across the bottom should be beveled 15 degrees.
Cut (2) bottoms 3 7/16" X 5 1/8". The cut across the front should be beveled 15 degrees.
Cut the top from 1/2" wood, 6" X 5 7/8". The cut across the back should be beveled 15 degrees.
Nail the boxes together using glue and small brads. I found it easier to hold one piece in my vice while I aligned and nailed the other.

Screw the hinges into the back and lid. The bevel of the lid should be flush to the back of the box.
Now the creative part. Paint the boxes to look like little houses or bird houses.
Attach metal bookends to the back of the box.

That's it! Now organize your cookbooks and recipes into these neat bookends.

We hope you've enjoyed this project and have good success with it. Remember, if you ever have any problems with our projects just drop us a line and we'll try to help. Since we build every one of these projects we have a pretty good idea of how to get through them. We also make lots of mistakes so we can help avoid them.

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