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For years, I have been needing a book stand for recipe book/sheet when I cook, a stand for pattern book/sheet when I crochet/knit, my child has been needing a story book stand when she reads. Thanks Instructables for putting a deadline for this project.

So if you need a recipe/pattern/story book stand like me, gather your Materials from your J Collection (J is for junk.) in your basement. How do I know you have been curating a J Collection in your basement? Go figure.

1  Large USPS priority mail box
1  Roll duct tape
1  At least 6 inch long of 1/2 inch dowel
3  Sticky back velcro dots
2  11 inch long of 3/16 inch dowels As long as the stand's height)
2  Wood pegs (approx. 1 1/4 inch tall and 3/16 inch wide, looks like a nail) (shown in last picture above)       
2  6 inch by 10 inch metal sheets (optional)
1  Round magnet of approx. 5/8 inch diameter (optional) (shown in last picture above)
1  Approx. 8 1/2 inch long stick magnetic strip of 1/2 inch wide (optional) (shown in last picture above)

Follow the following steps. In less than 1 hour, you'll have the book stand you have been needing for years. If I can do it, anybody can do it. Nothing is hard or takes long once it's started. 
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Step 1: Cut the cardboard for the book

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Open the box to a flat sheet of cardboard.
Open the book and lay in the center of the cardboard with the bottom end of the book aligned with the crease of the cardboard.
Draw cuttiing lines around 3 ends of the book (two open ends and the top end).
Cut on the lines.
On the bottom end, trim along the creases on sides to the center portion of the cardboard, keep the center portion.

Step 2: Cut the standing cardboard strip

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It should be the same wide as or wider than center portion of the cardboard, the wider, the more stable support, 2 inches longer on top end and 9 inches longer on bottom end than the center portion of the cardboard.