Two-in-one: DIY wooden page holder and bookrest

A book is lying open on a wooden page holder on a living room floor. There are colorful pillows in the background.
Highly practical: This DIY wooden page holder can also be used as a bookrest.

  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Cost
    < 50 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

It’s not just for bookworms: This DIY wooden page holder is practical and looks like a design piece, too. Place an open book down onto the page holder and pick it back up again at a later time to resume reading at the place where you last left off. You can also use this page holder as a bookrest.

You need
Utilities
  • pocket rule
  • pencil
  • safety glasses
  • face mask
  • ear protectors
  • wood glue
Materials
  • glued wood (oak): approx. 100 x 30 x 2.1
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 3

Saw the wood to length

Close-up of a woman sawing into a wooden board with an AdvancedCut50 saw
First, saw the wooden board to the right dimensions.

You need: NanoBlade Saw Advanced cut 50, pocket rule, pencil, safety glasses, ear protectors, face mask, wood glue, glued wood (oak): approx. 100 x 30 x 2.1

Start by sawing your wooden board to the right dimensions. To build your page holder, you need three pieces with the following dimensions:

  • Board 1 (30 x 23)
  • Board 2 (30 x 20)
  • Board 3 (30 x 13)

Mark these dimensions on the largest piece of wood using a pocket rule and a pencil. To make the mitre cut, set the required angle on the saw. On boards 1 and 2, saw an outer edge with a mitre cut at a 45-degree angle. Saw the other side at a 22.5-degree angle. For board 3, you will need to use a 22.5-degree angle for each side.

You can find tips and tricks on sawing with a mitre in this tutorial.

Refer to the sketch for the dimensions for your board as well as the angle for your mitre cut.


Download sketch for the DIY page holder

Tip
TIPS FOR SAWING
Here’s another small tip for before you start sawing: Turn the saw on before using it on the wood. Also, don’t forget to put on your protective googles, ear protection and mask! Here, we used the AdvancedCut 50 for sawing using a saw blade for wood.
Step 2 3

Glue the boards together

Two wooden boards are lying on a workbench. A woman applies wood glue to the cut edge of one of the boards. A roll of adhesive tape is shown lying in the background.
Now glue the boards together at the sawn edges using the wood glue.

You need: adhesive tape, wood glue

Now that you’ve finished sawing, the most difficult part is done! You can now glue together the boards using the wood glue. Start with the two larger pieces of wood.
Tip: Stabilise the two pieces of wood by securing them with a few strips of adhesive tape as they dry. Refer to step 6 of this project to see how to do this.
Now just let the pieces dry. Remove the adhesive tape. All done: Your DIY wooden page holder is ready!

Step 3 3

Two-in-one: page holder and bookrest

A book is lying open on a DIY wooden page holder on a carpeted floor. There are colorful pillows in the background.
The DIY wooden page holder can also be used as a bookrest.

One project with two uses: The DIY wooden page holder also serves as a practical bookrest. You don’t need to hold a book in both hands anymore to flip through the pages. By the way, this kind of bookrest is also perfect for propping up cookbooks on your kitchen counters when you’re trying out a new recipe.