Unique DIY Cookbook & Tablet Stand (IKEA Hack)

by April
3 Materials
1 Hour

This cookbook stand DIY is so adorable but also super easy in execution. It all started when I found this bitten-up old IKEA cutting board. It was not very usable, but I had an idea for it in mind.

It's extremely customizable since you can use a newer board and get less of a rustic look but more modern.

Watch a video tutorial how to make this cookbook stand

How to make a cookbook / iPad stand

1. Make support for a phone or book.

I used a Dremel plunge router. Take a scrap board and with a round bit, go over an edge, creating a rabbet cut.

I used a router for this

Adjust the router and make a guide to make sure it's even.

Glue the support to the board

2. Glue the support for the phone to the board. I used wood glue, and I think it's enough since it won't hold anything heavy. Use clamps to hold it all together while it's drying.

3. From scrap wood, cut a small plank at a 30-degree angle. It will be acting support for the stand.

Attach the board to the cutting board

4. Using small hinges, attach it to the board with an angled side to lean towards the table.

Always make sure that you are placing it in the right position and at a right angle. I wish I gave myself this advice before as well 😁

Add a jute twine to be able to hang it and you are done!

Check my blog for more ideas on how to customize a board like this.

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  • Bas52012633 Bas52012633 on Aug 10, 2022

    If you don’t have a router maybe you could also use a scrabble letter tray?

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  • DN DN on Aug 09, 2021

    Clever and inspirational! I agree . . . great gift. ❤️

    • April April on Aug 09, 2021

      Thank you ☺️ I'm glad you like it

  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Aug 09, 2021

    What a great idea of using a cutting board. Since these come in various sizes, you can make a couple of different sizes for the different size cook books you might have. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea. These would make great gifts for a bridal shower, teacher, grandma, etc. LOVE IT.