Music stand

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Project by daltxguy posted 09-08-2007 02:50 PM 2807 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made 2 of these, one of them I traded for some music lessons with my music teacher and the other I kept for myself for practising the violin. It’s adjustable from 76cm ( 30 in) to 140cm ( 55 in) so can be used as a lectern or for playing violin standing up. It can be completely dissassembled and placed in a carrying bag for transporting to gigs or for easy shipment.

I have to admit that I borrowed the idea from somewhere else but the interpretation is my own as I had no measured drawings. My music teacher preferred a solid wood sheet music holder as he likes to write things in the exercise book as he teaches and wanted a solid back. The addition of a pencil holder would have been a welcome accessory in retrospect.

The first one shown is made of New Zealand Rimu ( Dacrydium Cupressinum ) and NZ Hard Beech ( Nothofagus Truncata ). Both are now only sustainably harvested. Rimu is particularly hard to get now, though it is obtainable as recycled timber as almost all house framing used to be rimu in NZ ( thankfully not anymore ). Both woods are extremely fine grained ( about 1mm growth rings or about 25 years to the inch! ) and finish super smooth and wonderful to the touch.

The second one ( which now belongs to my music teacher ) is a mix of recycled rimu, Macrocarpa feet ( Cupressus Macrocarpa) and the top is recycled Kauri ( Agathis Australis ). The Macrocarpa is non-native (originally from California) but is grown commonly here as farm shelter. It’s a cypress, so it extremely weather resistant and has a lovely aroma when cut open. The Kauri grows mainly on the North Island and is another tragedy of colonialisation and is also mainly only available now as recycled timber as it takes several hundred years for it to grow to a decent size.

The mechanism for holding the post is my own design and consists of a threaded knob screwed into a threaded brass insert bearing on a square block which holds the post by friction. There is a small magnet attached to the block so that when the thread is backed out, the block releases the post.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 09-08-2007 02:55 PM

They look wonderful. Looking forward to seeing some more of your projects.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-08-2007 04:11 PM

this is awesome!!! Dang, I have to make a music stand some day… Well done.

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

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#3 posted 09-08-2007 04:49 PM

Very nice work Steve. I was thinking of making a music stand for Christmas. I like how you did the tilt table and the adjustment knob for the height.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 09-08-2007 06:38 PM

Neat wood, good design. Thanks for showing us.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-09-2007 05:32 AM

I’m not a musician,a singer or a public speaker, but somehow I’ve always liked stands of this type. I’ve always that something similar would be a good way to display our old family Bible. But then, I don’t want to give poeple the impression that the Bible is merely for display, but for reading.

so I’ve never made a stand and probably won’t.

Nice work, Mate. Good to see an example of good ol’ Kiwi timber!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 07:12 AM

Thanks for all the comments. Some comments in response.

The tilt table works quite well. The top knob is merely a pivot. The lower one holds the top in place with a threaded insert in the post. The main trick is cutting the arc correctly and determining the start and end points so the table can pivot to be a stand or a near flat surface.

Don, we share being canucks ‘down under’. Glad you stopped by for a look. Too bad I quit my job, I was going to Melbourne on a regular basis. I would love to see some of your pieces in person. Well since a music stand doesn’t look like a box, I don’t suppose you will build one. I find your reasons for not wanting to build one fascinating! It is interesting how after you glue up a few sticks, the piece takes on meaning. Isn’t that the coolest thing about woodworking?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 09-09-2007 08:06 AM

you do nice work !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 09-09-2007 01:43 PM

Great work, I would like to see how you work out the pencil holder, great idea. A music stand is on my wifes short list.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 09-29-2008 04:03 PM

Very nice, clean and simple,functional, does just what you want it to do and look good doing it.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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