Short Scale Music Stand

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Project by Anthony posted 08-04-2018 12:34 AM 1078 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new music stand that I designed specifically for use while sitting down. I fell back on some design aspects that I have used for past stands, in particular the shape and design of the harp assembly (using a template that I had created in the past). The stand had 3 major construction aspects. The central pillar, the legs and then the harp.

The central pillar was turned in two parts on my midi lathe. I glued the blank for the pillar up from 3/4” stock. Prior to glue up I routed a channel in the two center pieces that would allow for the center shaft to sit it. During glue up I added two 1” diameter plugs at each end to act as the turning centers for the piece. After turning the two separate pieces I glued them together using another piece of 1” dowel.

The legs are made of 3/4” stock and are attached to the pillar base using Beadlock floating tenons. I have used sliding dovetails and dowels in the past but decided to use this Beadlock system as it is easy to set up and offers lots of glue surface. Using a sanding block I made that has a 3” diameter curve on it I was able to sand the end of the legs to match the curve of the base.

The harp assembly is made of 1/2” stock with the individual components connected using dowels. As I noted above I had a template for this design already made and after rough cutting the shape on the bandsaw and jigsaw I used the template with pattern cutting bit in my plunge router to cut it to final shape. The holes for the 1/4” dowels that represent the “harp strings” where drilled using a self centering doweling jig.

The finish is General finishes black stain with a satin clear coat.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#1 posted 08-04-2018 01:52 AM

Very Nice! Iv’e been needing to make me one of these for a while. Great Job!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 08-04-2018 02:10 AM


Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 08-04-2018 11:58 AM

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#4 posted 08-04-2018 02:43 PM

excellent work-thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 08-05-2018 02:02 AM

Very Nice! Good design and workmanship.

-- Doug, Ohio

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#6 posted 08-07-2018 04:34 PM

Beautiful music stand, Anthony!!!!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-09-2018 05:39 PM

WOW amazing work

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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