By Tim Snyder

Most conventional bookends rely on their heavy weight to keep literary works upright. My design works on leverage.

While one bookend is fixed, the other moves on four runners until the weight of the books locks it into place. This system works especially well for holding books that arc used frequently.

To create the contrasts in the book rack shown here I used light oak and dark walnut. Other hardwoods will work equally well.

Making the Parts

Start by cutting all the parts to the dimensions given in the Bill of Materials. Cut the tailpiece 254 in. wide at this stage. This makes it easier to clamp it for the notching operation, after which you'll trim it to its final width. Next, glue up the contrasting maple and walnut pieces into a single 1 -1-in.- ^^fcw long board from which both book- I vJk ends can be cut.

Once the glue has dried, square ^^^^Hk

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