A big part of this hobby for me is reading. And I love to read railroading in bed – what could be a better way to wind the day down? Taking a large book to bed, like say the 1941 Locomotive Cyclopedia, isn’t just awkward it’s downright hazardous lest I nod off…
I recently designed, and built, and tested, and modified, and tested, and modified again a book stand so that I could take heavy books like the Locomotive Cyclopedia to bed. Even better, I built it from leftover benchwork materials (11mm birch plywood & dimensional pine). This works for me and so thought that I would pass it on in case there are others interested.
Here are some more detail pictures;
This link (Reader) is to a downloadable dimensioned drawing (in inches) of the design. As a gauge, my waist size is an optimistic 34 and I have about 1-1/2″ of clearance between my tummy and the shelf. An observation: one’s body sinks into the mattress more than the stand – I’d make the legs a little longer, test it, then chop them as needed.
Here it is with the 1941 Locomotive Cyclopedia
Note how the bottom horizontal beams extend forward – this is needed to counter the centre of gravity of a heavy book mounted. If there are no extensions, this contraption is not stable and may tilt forward. When the construction was finalized, I gave it two coats of Varethane satin finish.
Now to dream about Boxpok driver’d steamliners racing in the night….or Salma Hayek.