A Music Stand

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Project by ScottM posted 12-21-2019 05:21 PM 446 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest daughter is a drama and choir teacher. Her first year at it. We asked what she wanted for Christmas this year and she said “a good music stand”. She didn’t say “can you make me a music stand?”; just a good stand. So my wife told me to make one!

I worked on it quite a while. First in sketchup and then made a prototype using scrap plywood and 2×4’s to prove the concept. That all came out good so I bought some Cherry and started to work.

The “feet” are made from 8/4 half lapped in the center and profiled using a template to taper the ends and lift the center up off the floor. There’s just a 1 inch contact pad at the ends. I added felt pads to try and help with wobble on uneven surfaces but that’s going to happen. Center outside column is made from 1/2” joined with miters. I added some walnut splines just for show. The joint is all edge grain so it should be plenty strong. The main center adjustment column is also milled from 8/4. Then added a 3/4” groove and added a section of t-track for the height adjustment. That works fine you just need to be holding the platter when you loosen it.

The platter is 1/2” and will rotate/adjust from vertical to horizontal or anywhere in between. That arc was made with a 1/4” bit in my trim router with a custom made base plate. Something else was needed to make it special and specifically hers. She went through some tough times and during those times music was her drive. She wrote a melody that she said helped her through things. She now has that melody tattooed on her forearms; half on each arm.. I asked if she could send that to me all nice and laid out on a staff, pretty-like. She did and didn’t ask any questions. So I took that melody and burned it into the platter face; split like it is on her tattoo.

It is finished with oil based poly. I still need to give it a couple coats of wax to maybe help the finish some.

Hopefully this will work for her.

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#1 posted 12-21-2019 05:25 PM

Very nice, I can relate to Daughter and teacher, and wife!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#2 posted 12-22-2019 02:07 PM

Scott, a very nice job on the music stand. When I first started reading I thought you were going with my daughter is a drama queen. I’m sure she will enjoy it, it’s from you.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#3 posted 12-22-2019 05:07 PM

Beautiful work, it will be so special to her. My daughter is a Senior in HS this year and planning now to pursue a degree in teaching Music and Marching Band next year. This may be what I should make for Birthday/graduation gift. Thanks so much for the idea. Dan

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John Smith

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#4 posted 12-22-2019 10:38 PM

VERY well done !!!
I can see this being in the family for several generations.
you continue to exhibit a high degree of craftsmanship in all your projects.



-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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