Graham Nash Music Stand #6: Engineering the moving parts

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Blog entry by Blake posted 10-02-2011 09:04 PM 3228 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the “shelf” piece for the top of the music stand (aka “podium”). I cut a rabbet on the table saw where it will glue to the podium.

The glue-up for the shelf:

After the glue dried I cut the bottom of the shelf off at an angle:

Then I decided to reinforce the shelf joint with dowels:

This piece is the beginning of the “spine” that will back the podium and will also serve as a hinge to angle the podium:

I cut it into what I thought would be its final shape on the bandsaw. The half-circle is the hinge:

Then I cut the other half of the hinge into the adjustable-height post with the tablesaw tenon jig.


After a little shaping:

Then I realized that the half-circle I originally made was the wrong size. So after a little trimming I had a hinge:

I wanted a very thin, strong piece (and it will eventually have a slot running through the middle) to hold the podium at any angle. So I decided to laminate (essentially make my own plywood) with three thin pieces of walnut.

The lamination glued up:

And this is the result of a lot of head scratching and trial ’n error… The spine is hinged on the post, and the laminated “podium-angle-adjusting-holding thingy” keeps it there. The only thing missing now is the slot in the thingy and some hardware.

Another 6 hours today for a total of 28 hours of building time.

-- Happy woodworking!

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