Thomas Jefferson’s Revolving Book Stand


Jefferson, ever the student, was constantly studying.  He needed to reference multiple sources, but found finding, opening and closing books cumbersome and time-wasting.

So, he invented this revolving book stand which allowed him to quickly and easily view five books with the spin of the wrist.

The footprint, when closed is 13 inches (33 cm) square.  It stands 15 inches (38 cm) high.

The four sides open and their inclination can be adjusted to any angle between 0 to 50 degrees.  The top leaf inclination is 60 degrees.

I recommend poplar which takes any stain well, but of course you can have it in oak, cherry, mahogany, or fir.

As always, you can customize – have yours built to a different dimensions.

Jefferson, while an epicure, likely never used his revolving stand in the kitchen, as you might


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