Book and coffee mug stand

This little book and coffee mug stand is a (belated) Mother's Day gift for my mother-in-law (none of those jokes that typically go with MIL - I love her!).  I saw various designs online and came up with this version.  This will allow for a good size paperback book to be held in place, plus a spot for her TV remote and phone, and then a coffee mug.  She has a side table next to her chair and this should fit nicely there.  The "tray" has a stop so it cannot pull out all the way.  The wood is mahogany, and I used Odie's oil for finish.  The cork was purchased online and has pretty strong adhesive so am relying on that. 

Various progress pictures
Glueup of the book stand

Added splines

"Runners" for the tray 

Underside of tray and the "stop" on the base.

Gluing the book holder to the base.


Nicely done Barb! The tray is a great idea. Thanks for posting it!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

RyanGi- thanks! Looking online, a few had  drawers.  I started in that direction, but a full drawer seemed unnecessary for the type of items, and would take up space that is somewhat limited.  This isn't a perfect solution as I guess a small item could slip to the side.  
well done barb what a perfect gift for someone that reads. i know she loved that.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

a very nice gift GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Pottz and Tony - thanks!  It is yet to be given, but hope she likes it.  She lives about 700 miles away so we take gifts along when we travel to visit.  Often I'll send a picture in advance, or otherwise keep the "surprise" until we are there in person.  
best to surprise her then you can see her face very nice 👍


Nice!  How did you make the little ribbed frame for the cork?

You could also whip-up one of these thumb book holders to tuck into the drawer.
Nice Barb, handy little stand.
I tend to scan the picture gallery first and recognized the use when I saw the book. Made me smile when I then saw the remote drawer.
Got to thinking, cup of coffee while enjoying a read, get bored, see what's on tv!

Nice gift! 
Pretty cool There have been many times I could have used one!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

looks like a winner.    Nicely done


Nice design. Putting your spline jig to good use. Nice sets of clamps. You give LBD a run for his money 
Very nice Barb. I loved my MIL too. 

This takes a bookmark, and has it hold your coffee, and the TV remote, a lot of firepower. Nice make.
Ross - the ribs were made by taking a lot of passes at the table saw, first one direction and then the other.  Tried to keep uniform cuts.  I then cleaned up the middle with chisel and scrapers for the cork.  Gives it a different look.  I thought about doing one of those thumb holders, but she has some arthritis so ruled that out.
MikeB - thanks!

Splintergroup - my husband had asked her what she typically has by her chair when reading, and she said her phone and the TV remote.  So tried to accommodate those.
Jim - thanks!  I'm sure your version would have special mechanisms or secret compartments!  

Ron - thank you!

Corelz125- I'm now always looking for opportunities to use that spline jig!  In this case, I do think that top joint needed support.

GeorgeWest- thanks.  I saw some online that also had a pencil/pen holder slot and a way to support an iPad.  I just included what I thought she would find useful. 
Cool design and looks great too.
Swirt-thank you.  I sent some pictures to her and she was very pleased.  Will deliver when we travel over thr summer to visit with family.  
Very creative design - a whole lot of function in a small space!
Thanks Steve!  There are so many versions online - I tried to include the features that would be a good match for her.  
Had "extra" mahogany so made a "bonus" tissue box holder.  I don't recall using mahogany and walnut together, but wow I love the combination.
Before the finish with Odie's Oil

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