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This device will hold your papers for reading or writing, and hold your books or 3-ring binders to study. It can be used standing or when lying in bed in various positions.
If you're in bed propped up on pillows, or your head is propped up on a hand whose forearm is sticking upward (not recommended—it's stressful), then you may be able to make do with nothing or with a simple clipboard. But people who can't sit or can't lie on their backs propped up must side-lie or stand for reading and/or writing, and they need helpful props to assist them.
See also Raised Work Trays for Kitchen or Workroom since this piece of furniture is essential for getting the most out of the writing stand.
In essence, the writing stand lets you tilt your work to the proper angle, while the raised work tray lets you raise your work to the proper height—so it goes without saying that you can use them together for a reading-or-writing-while-standing solution.
On the other hand, people who side-lie with their heads on pillows to read or write may end up needing their work tilted at all kinds of angles, depending on how they do it. So they need to vary the length of the prop stick accordingly, since a simple prop stick controls the tilt angle, as you'll see.
I built the writing stand so that it has a 5.5-inch prop stick of ¾-inch square molding with screws in each end. I use this stick to prop up the writing surface to a proper angle for standing. Both of the screws are quite long and can be unscrewed quite far to facilitate fine-tuning.
The screws' heads fit into indentations inside the stand. These were formed when I glued two separate 2-inch by 6-inch pieces (prop holders) of ¼-inch plywood with 3/8-inch holes drilled in their centers to the inner two surfaces of the stand with Tacky Glue.
I built the stand as 2 pieces (wings) of ¼-inch plywood paneling 10 inches wide and 13 inches tall that are hinged together with 2-inch by 1-inch hinges that are in turn fastened to the plywood with tiny flathead bolts and nuts. I drilled a ¼-inch hanging hole in the middle the bottom wing's 10-inch edge.
The edge of the bottom prop holder is 8.5 inches from the bottom wing's hinged edge, while the edge of the top prop holder is 7 inches from the top wing's hinged edge.
I added a ledge for papers and books to rest on, made from ¾-inch square molding. I made it only 5 inches wide, as hinge nuts were in the way—but this in no way diminishes functionality.
Reading and Writing Stand for Standing