Mandolin and Guitar Stands

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Project by msurvilo posted 01-22-2015 12:10 AM 3828 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all. I was sick of using my case, and always using ugly guitar stands. I saw a fellow LJ’er (ajosephg) and his attempt at a wooden one he saw on and I thought he did a great job. I looked up the same one and drew up a design in autocad. Link to fullsize printable pdf/pattern is at the bottom of this page…

The mandolin stand is made of walnut from a friends old table top that got recycled, with a maple support and maple plugs.

The guitar stand is made of two different mahogany boards that were apparently very different, and a maple support and plugs. The guitar stand is going to need rubber pads to keep the guitar from slipping around but it’ll work just fine.

I biscuit jointed the two side pieces and screwed the support together under the plugs….

As for finish, I was going to use my usual shellac then rub on poly, but I coudln’t find any shellac and it was late and I was impatient…. So I mixed together some lacquer thinner and 100% pure tung oil in a 1:1 mixture. It’ll probably stay a little oily till the end of time but boy is it soft! As I sit here i’m a starting to worry about my mandolin finish dissolving a little with residual lacquer thinner. Maybe more rubber pads…

Thanks for looking.

Link to my design – ”":

-- Matt, California.

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 01:01 AM

Well, they came out great!

I really like the look of the guitar stand—the wood combo is very nice looking!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 01:11 AM

I may be copying this design. It looks beautiful. Great job!

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 01:14 AM

Great job with these.

-- Do something nice for me and I'll say thanks. Do something nice for my children and I'll be your friend forever.

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 01:45 AM

I built some stands for my old Martin vintage guitars a good while back…I also have 3 mandolins that I need to make some for….I see that’s a Kentucky mandolin, but can’t make out the brand of geetar…..Stellar job on the stands…Good instruments need good stands…I hate them crappy metal stands they sell in music stores….I’ve played music all my life, and I’ve seen that rubber crap they put on them actually eat the cellulose finish off the backs of geetars…..Beautiful job, fine craftsman ship, and a great choice of woods….Thanks for posting…

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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Troy Cleckler

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 04:11 AM

Nice Matt, thanks for sharing your design. Got a mandolin that needs one of those.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 04:19 AM

Don’t think there a problem with the lacquer thinner since it all evaporated in a few minutes after application.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 05-19-2016 04:49 AM

Beautiful designs! I noticed that the link to your plans was deactivated. Any chance you could make it available again?

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#8 posted 05-19-2016 06:51 AM

Sure here’s an updated link….

Beautiful designs! I noticed that the link to your plans was deactivated. Any chance you could make it available again?

- kgallemore

-- Matt, California.

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