Wenge & Bubinga Music Stand

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Project by bfd posted 12-19-2009 07:38 PM 10399 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently designed and built this music stand as a birthday gift for my wife who is learning to play the guitar. I had some extra wenge and figured bubinga that I was holding onto for a special occasion and decided to use it for this project. After doing a little on-line research I came up with this design. Two things that I wanted to include in this project; aluminum and inlay. I used aluminum track and square aluminum tubing for the column and 1”dia solid aluminum for the feet. The gaboon ebony inlay is meant to resemble a blank sheet of music. I used a bridal joint for one set of legs while the other two are doweled. Finish is tung oil and hand wiped poly finished with a coat of wax. The hgt adjustment range is about 22” so that the stand can be used in a seated or standing position and a tilt range of about 25-30 degrees.

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 07:47 PM

Excellent work



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#2 posted 12-19-2009 07:59 PM

Beautiful design and superb choice of wood…........... WOW! Love the figure !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 08:14 PM

Wow Brian
This a wonderful and beautiful music stand excellent build and outstanding design.


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#4 posted 12-19-2009 09:13 PM

excellent – i am building one for my son – have the face built but am wrestling with the base design

-- -erik & christy-

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 09:49 PM

Outstanding work. A lot of beautiful details. I loved the foot treatment too. Are the round thingies at the end of each foot height adjustable?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 10:16 PM

It came out great Brian. I’m glad I got to see most of it in person. Your sense of form/functional detail is impeccable. I like the blank score.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 10:26 PM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 08:58 PM

Hi Mike, to answer you question the 1”round alum foot detail are not height adjustible. They simply “float” the leg off the floor and add visual interest to the piece. They have felt pads on the bottom to protect our hardwood floors.

Thank you everyone for your comments!

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 09:10 PM

Wow, another excellent design! I’m going to have to add you as a bud so I remember to keep checking in on your work. Keep it up!

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#10 posted 12-23-2009 06:58 AM

what kind of epoxy are you using on those feet?

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#11 posted 01-04-2010 08:54 PM

Beautiful work!

Are you willing to share the plans? I would like to build one for my daugher.

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#12 posted 01-05-2010 03:46 AM

Hi Brian,

I experimented with the feet and used a CA glue to bond the wood and alum. It seams to have worked.

Klynn, Thank you very much. Since I have a woodworking business, albeit, part time at the moment I plan to market this piece so I cannot share the plans. Hope you understand.

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#13 posted 01-28-2010 11:36 PM


-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#14 posted 04-20-2010 09:10 PM

Brian, great project! I love music stands.

In the title you say you used wenge also, but in the description area you say it’s ebony. Did you use both wenge and ebony in this music stand or just one of those?

FYI, I made a blog post today about bubinga, and thought your project would be nice to include as an example. So I’ve used the lumberjocks widget thing to link back to your project page here. Hope that’s okay.

-- Woodworkers Source: Marketing Manager

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#15 posted 04-20-2010 11:17 PM

Hi Mark,

Thank you and yes that is fine to use this as an example. To answer your question I used all three woods; bubinga, wenge and ebony. The feet, column, and ledge are wenge while the gaboon ebony was inlayed into the bubinga to resemble a blank sheet of music.

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