Guitar Hangers

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Project by Heath posted 04-28-2014 10:12 PM 18329 views 36 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son wanted a wall hanger for one of his guitars because the floor stand was taking up a lot of space in his small room. I looked online for some options and finally decided to just make one. I glued up some scraps of Mahogany (center strip), Maple, and Cherry (outside strips). I basically designed it as I was building it which always seems to work out pretty well for me. I knew he would probably change his mind on which guitar he wanted to hang and since they each had different style heads I wanted the hanger to accommodate either type. So I came up with a design that would let the fingers the head hangs on rotate to confirm with the shape of the guitar head. After I made the first one, he decided he wanted one for each guitar so I made two of them for him.

My wife shared pictures of them on Facebook which resulted in one of her friends wanting to buy a set. I just delivered a pair to her this weekend. That is the first project I’ve ever sold.

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 10:39 PM

That’s neat! Why the flat front? Is there a reason? I like the design and the colors. What type of screw holds the neck rack in place? ust a washer and screw? It looks like maybe a hex screw.

Well done!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 10:41 PM

Man, those are great! I need one of those!
thanks for sharing

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 10:47 PM

That’s really cool! I just might have to make a few myself!

-- Corey, Renville, MN

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 11:08 PM

First I recognized the name. Then I checked your projects just to make sure. That Saints ShopSmith is a dead giveaway.

Hi Heath.

BTW, those are very nice hangers.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 01:01 AM

hey heath, these look great > i’ll do a take-off on your design for myself

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 01:57 AM

Thanks for the comments!

Why the flat front? I dunno… Didn’t really think about it! I don’t really know the ins and outs and whys and why nots of design. I wish I did, though.

There’s a 1” dowel rod that fits in a 1” hole in the base. That dowel has a threaded insert and the screw screws into that. The large washer fits into a recess in the back so it’s still flush to the wall. The threaded inserts and screws were leftover parts from the assembly of some multimedia carts at work.

Hey, shipwright! I need to hang out here at Lumberjocks more often!

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 09:47 AM

Great job and congrats on your first commision….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-29-2014 12:25 PM

Very nice! I like that it’s adjustable for different guitar heads. If you are looking for design inspiration, Matt Downer Designs has made some fantastic looking guitar holders, but his aren’t adjustable like yours are. I think that makes your design very marketable. Good luck!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#9 posted 04-29-2014 02:42 PM

Very nice guitar wall hanger! Everybody will want them and be copying them I’m sure!

-- Dennis, WV

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#10 posted 04-29-2014 06:03 PM

Great work! The contrasts in the wood are nice too.

As a guitar teacher and player for a living, i need to get around to making 16 of these (for all of my guitars) the little wife would be happy about our floor and closet space.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 04-29-2014 08:05 PM

This is really neat. If you ended up doing a tutorial or blog about how you made it, I am sure I would not be the only one that watched/read it! :)

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#12 posted 04-29-2014 08:22 PM

I was wondering how much weight to you think these bad boys can hold. I have a Gibson Silver Burst that I spent my whole life looking for. Just wondering if it would support a heavy Les Paul? I would pick up 3 if I knew they were safe for my babies… What type of Woodworking Tools did you use?

-- WoodWorker @

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#13 posted 04-30-2014 06:51 PM

Thanks again for the compliments. Anyone is free to copy this project – in fact, it would be an honor if someone did. And I’d love to see how someone else could take this and make it even better.

If I ended up making a tutorial or video, it would be an Un-How-To. It wouldn’t be a tutorial showing how to make the hangers with an accompanying PDF template and such. But more about the process of not worrying about following plans and processes, but having faith in yourself, and just “winging” it. While you definitely need plans and templates for some projects, it’s not really necessary for something like this. Just gluing up some wood, figuring things out as you go along, and ending up with someone you and other people like… it’s pretty liberating.

What tools were used? The strips were leftover scraps from previous projects, but the typical table saw, jointer, and planer were used to make them. I used my Shopsmith bandsaw a lot. A drum sander I made came in real handy as did the disk sander on my Shopsmith. A rasp/file to put a chamfer on the inside radius of the neck rack. I found that was necessary, otherwise the guitar wanted to twist and slide out, especially the Stratocaster style head. Pretty simple set of tools, really.

I wonder how much weight they can hold too! I didn’t do any stress testing to find the weak spot and at what load amount caused a failure. I think the weak spot would be the dowel pivot, particularly the threaded insert into the end grain. It’s the only part I’ve worried about, anyway. I’ve done some testing on those inserts before, and they hold amazingly well. They were made to hold mounts for 60” TVs to particle board. They look like this:

But with how the dowel fits tight in the hole in the base, and the weight of the guitar pulling down (moreso than “out”) on the neck rack should bind the dowel in the hole, I think that threaded insert is more than sufficient. I’ve done no testing to back that up, though. I can just say the whole thing is “pretty strong.”

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

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