Guitar Stands

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Project by HokieMojo posted 11-13-2010 04:25 AM 9311 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was built a year ago for my dad and brothers. I saw a guitar stand here:”":

I wanted to build something similar with my own take, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t do anything to improve on the design. I really liked everything about it so I just started drawing a template and got to work.

While I could knit pick a bunch of mistakes, I actually only made two big ones. The first was trying to squeeze every bit of material out of my boards as possible. I drew the parts on a board and cut them with my jigsaw (which broke about 75% through the cutting). Then I tried to join the parts after cutting the shapes. Next time I will join two rectangular blocks, join them, and then cut the rough shape. The final shaping was done using a pattern I drew on hardboard and then routed.

The second mistake I made was assuming that my families guitars were flat backed. Apparently, all three use some sort of curved back. I was going to attach rubber feet to hold the guitars without scratching, but the guitars kept sliding off. My family’s solution was to use the foam tape you see. Unfortunately, I think it takes away from the look, but at least they can use them. I’m ok with it if they are! (-:

I think the cool things about these are that I used dowel joints on the sides (as opposed to screws that I think were used on the original because of shipping constraints and home assembly being required) and I used spline joints to mate the base to the necks.

I made 3 stands. Two combined walnut and cherry. The other used walnut and tiger maple. Hope you enjoy looking.

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 05:02 AM

Those are really nice. I like the simplicity of the design. I like how the joinery is visible. It adds an arts and crafts look. I too have wanted to make a couple of stands. I have a manufactured stand for my electric but I’d like to make a couple so I could display my acoustics. If I made them do you think that using non-slip drawer liner material would work to help hold the guitars on the stand? I had also thought about making them portable, any suggestions?

-- Doug

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 06:21 AM

i think the drawer liner stuff would work if you’ve got a flat backed guitar. Not sure about the portability though. They are a bit fragile for moving around.

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 07:08 AM

Very nice stands.

-- slowing down with bring you greater speed then going fast

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 02:11 PM

Nice work. As far as padding, you have to be careful that the material won’t react with the finish of the guitar. That would be what the pros call a bad thing.

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 05:51 PM

Nice looking guitar stands.Round backs on guitars hmm. Must be Ovations,nice guitars on beautiful
stands. Great job Hokiemojo.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 03:08 AM

You know, I think they actually were ovations. I’m not positive. I have a good ear for music, but I was the lone person to have no ability to play or sing.

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 06:38 PM

Really nice guitar stands.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 12:11 AM

You’ll never believe this, but a few hours ago I was trying to draw this very design up, and decided to check LJ’s, and there it is! You’ve already built one. Good job!

I’m going to make one for my daughter who lives in Germany, and being no guitar expert, I’m struggling with dimensions.

Could you be so kind as to share some of the critical dimensions with me? For example: The tilt angle, distance between front and back feet, overall height and width, width of bottom guitar saddle, height of saddle from floor, etc.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 12-31-2010 03:57 PM

I figured I’d post a few links to other LJ’s who’ve made similar projects since, just in case people are researching ideas:

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