The Weekly Plan

Roy Underhill’s Roubo Bookstand

Andre Roubo is a well-known 18th century French woodworker whose work has inspired thousands of workbenches. However, his masterwork¬†L’art du Menuisier, he had plans for more than just his workbench.


Roy Underhill of the Woodwright’s Shop shows the plans that Roubo had drawn up for a bookstand made of a single board. The interesting part – the wooden knuckle joints allow the pieces to pivot while never being separated.

In his own unique way, Roy shows how this is done with simple hand tools. It’s a must-see.

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