Graham Nash Music Stand

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Project by Blake posted 11-28-2011 03:18 AM 9799 views 19 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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One of my relatives has a connection with musician Graham Nash. And although I have never actually met Nash, somehow I ended up with a beautiful slab of Claro Walnut from his old hot tub. I guess if you are a rock star you get to have a hot tub built out of Claro Walnut?

Well, my dad is a guitarist and fan of all things Rock n’ Roll. And I have been planning to build him a music stand for several years now. So I figured since this piece of memorabilia fell into my lap, it was the perfect time to build him one. Everything about it was a total surprise until I gave it to him.

This music stand is built completely with the wood from that walnut slab, which is shown in the last photo. The bookmatched panels on the podium came from the nicest part of the slab. My dad uses large, heavy 3-ring binders full of “standard” chord charts when he plays music. So I had the challenge of building a stand that was sturdy and robust, and would not tip over. Its not made for a single piece of sheet music. The height and angle of the podium are adjustable with easy to use knobs.

It was professionally finished with conversion varnish. I completed this project a few weeks ago but finally got a chance to photography it today. Overall it took a little more than 30 hours to build.

The entire building process is documented in my blog HERE.

In case anyone is wondering, the guitar is my dad’s Paul Reed Smith.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 03:27 AM

Fantastic Blake.
That really shows well. Nice guitar!

I like it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 03:44 AM


Watched the build out of this one, it turned out fabulous!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 03:46 AM

yo blake … great project, great story, great wood and nice adjustment execution … this music stand rocks … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#4 posted 11-28-2011 03:49 AM

Well worth the wait Blake. What a beauty.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 11-28-2011 04:56 AM

i to watched this build and know of the story of how you acquired the walnut…its been a wonderful story and for this to go to your dad is the best, great job,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 11-28-2011 05:56 AM

This is absolutely beautiful Blake….. I watched the blog as well and somehow knew it would turn out to be just somthing suberb! That claro walnut is so gorgeous !!!!

I’l bet your Dad is not only one “Happy Camper”, but also a very proud Dad!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#7 posted 11-28-2011 05:59 AM

You a very passionate craftsman with great design skills and this piece of old wood brought the best out of you.
Thanks for the blog and I think a big thanks came from your father.

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 11-28-2011 06:21 AM

First of all that is some awesome claro walnut. I really like the understated designs that let the wood do the talking. Second of all, your dad has a pretty bitchin PRS. My father-in-law has a Custom 22 and a 12 string electric in the same finish as your old man’s (I play bass). Third of all, the story behind this piece is as cool as the piece itself. Given that it was taken from the hot tub of a rock star whose heyday was in the 60’s/70’s, you should send a sample of the wood into a lab to see what kind of drug residues and sexually transmitted critters are present in the claro. LOL.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#9 posted 11-28-2011 09:08 AM


-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 11-28-2011 01:42 PM

That is really beautiful. The wood and presentation of it is fabulous. I would add one critique if you allow me. I think that you need to find something to dress up the knob hardware. Custom made, brass, turned wood….I think it would add a lot to the finished look. The only reason I mention it is it is so beautiful it deserves an equally beautiful knob.

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#11 posted 11-28-2011 04:21 PM

Awesome music stand. Gotta love that clark walnut !

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#12 posted 11-28-2011 05:11 PM

ACP: I totally agree. I wanted to but I couldn’t find what I needed in brass, and I don’t have a lathe. I wish I did, because turned knobs out of a highly figured piece of walnut and a little brass washer would have been perfect. At least the knobs are easy to change later whenever get a lathe.

Thanks for the comments everyone!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 11-28-2011 05:28 PM

This was a fun blog to follow. It is great to see the finished project. The stand and the story behind it are first class!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 11-28-2011 06:38 PM

A beautiful piece.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#15 posted 11-28-2011 09:06 PM

I agree with Dan, it rocks! Looks fantastic.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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