Williamsburg show: Roy Underhill builds unique Jefferson bookstand
A few year’s ago on his PBS show, the Woodright built the same Jefferson bookstand he recently demonstrated at Colonial Willamburg’s Working Wood in the 18th Century conference, and you can watch that TV episode for free.
It is a clever revolving stand that holds 5 books open at once. Jefferson used it to read multiple books at once on a single topic, turning from source to source quickly. Cool idea.
He covers a lot of great techniques in this episode, all with hand tools of course, including cutting breadboard ends.
Here's Underhill last week at Williamsburg. The 5-book revolving stand is at right.
This photo is a little grainy, but this is the way the bookstand is displayed at Monticello.