Coming up with ideas for family Christmas presents can be a bit of a problem, but this year I was inspired to make some bookstands based on an 18th century design. These stands are each made of a single piece of wood, and no glue is used in their construction. If you Google “Roubo Bookstand” you will find oodles of information on the general method of construction. I decided to keep the bandsawn texture on the inner faces as a contrast with the more refined outer faces. Timbers used are Sycamore, Maple, Cherry and Walnut, and the finish is blonde shellac.