Guit-Chair Resto-mod

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 06-09-2015 08:31 PM 2146 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been slowly eliminating the barriers that keep me from practicing my guitar. One obstacle was having a comfortable chair to practice and play from. I kept my eyes open and spotted an old school desk/chair on the curb in someones trash pile. It’s very old white oak and had seen a pretty rough life before I took it. It had been sitting outside for quite some time and the legs had lost all the softwood to rot. The seat was warped and split into four pieces and there were plenty of splits and cracks that had been nailed and screwed over the years. At some point, someone cut the front leg that supported the desk arm.

You can read more about this project at my blog:

The cradle for the guitar body is made with white oak which was kerf bent into a shape to match my guitar (000 size Martin). The pocket is lined with black automotive carpet. The headstock shaped neck rest is also white oak and is in place with three oak dowels. The tuning peg marks are black walnut inlays.

The stain is Michael’s Cherry, finish is spray applied water based poly.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 06-09-2015 08:36 PM

Very nice did it help with your practice ? great idea

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 11:16 PM

Now this is certainly a project I can get behind. However, I’m still working on eliminating the things that interfere with practice. Wonder if making one of these would add incentive to get more practicing done? LOL Seriously, great job.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 01:09 PM

Very Clever Idea. Nice Job.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 03:48 PM

Nothing better to improve your skills than to sit on an experienced school chair.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 06-10-2015 04:08 PM

One question… Is that a 000 18, or 000 21.? Looks to be pretty new. Looks like a 21, but kinda hard to tell…
Stellar job on the re-store of the old school chair.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 02:54 PM

very nice. I want to made a stand/stool combo, but this one ups that.

”...ever had a cup of coffee that didn’t have cat hair or sawdust in it” = Awesome

-- Matt at:

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 04:38 PM

What a great idea! I may have to copy it.

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#8 posted 06-12-2015 12:28 AM

Rick, it’s actually a pretty new 000-16GT. The chair has made me practice a little more, but I’ve been so busy with work that it’s tough these days.

I should also add that the red velvet cushion is a really sweet memory foam, and the chair is the perfect height for me.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#9 posted 06-17-2015 01:11 AM

Now that’s just downright clever.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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