Walnut Music Stand

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Project by Borchik posted 01-22-2012 09:16 PM 2508 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this hand-carved music-stand for a doctor client, in part by recycling the solid-walnut top of a coffee table retired by the client. The table top was used for the sheet-music support and the base of the stand. New walnut having a matching color was selected for other parts. A through relief carving decorates the 17 in. high by 24 in. wide sheet-music support, and a caduceus decorates the central part of the stand. The walnut is finished with a first coat of sanding sealer, three coats of clear satin-lacquer, and a wax top-coat. The hardware parts for raising and lowering the sheet-music support were designed by me and custom made. Overall height with the sheet music support lowered is 55 in.

-- Boris Khechoyan

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 09:17 PM

Beautiful carving!!!!!........Jim

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 09:20 PM

Wow Boris
This is a spectacular music stand,fit for a king.


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#3 posted 01-22-2012 11:19 PM

What a great job. The carving looks just a great as the wood work.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 12:09 AM

Beautiful work. I’m planning to make several music stands soon for my musically inclined children and grandchildren. Won’t be carved so wonderfully as this but I am inspired by the sheet music support of your project to design some scroll work custom to each of the recipients. I also like the design and execution of the tilt and height adjustment hardware.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 01:16 AM

I’m glad my work will help you to design your own projects.

-- Boris Khechoyan

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#6 posted 01-24-2012 04:16 AM

WOW, Boris, that is the most beautiful and decorated music stand I’ve ever seen. How long does it take for you to complete something like that?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#7 posted 01-24-2012 06:07 AM

It took me more time for designing , constructing , and to make brass hardware – than Carving .
Total time was around 3 month.I didn’t work every day with this job…
It was difficult to make it work. I changed few times design to get right proportion between caduceus ,hardware and sheet-music support.

-- Boris Khechoyan

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 05:33 AM

Very interesting stand. You mentioned that the top was made by reusing a solid walnut table top. The top of the stand looks like it has three plys in the photo. Could you explain how the top was constructed?

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 11:50 PM

I will send you description soon with pictures,so you could see how I did it…

-- Boris Khechoyan

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#11 posted 01-28-2012 07:10 AM

OK !
Now you can see in that picture – it is one peace of board spliced with Purple Heart in the middle ,it’s just about 1/4” deep.I insert Purple Heart for good look,contrast and for stability of cross grain side.Bottom music sheet support connected with dove tail joints…
If you will have more questions ,do not hesitate to send email
Boris K.

-- Boris Khechoyan

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