A place to set my Banjo

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Project by bluejazz posted 12-29-2012 02:52 PM 1293 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The best part of this stand -IMHO- is the attractiveness of the design, which of course I can take no credit for. Somebody was rightly proud of theirs and had pictures on a banjo site. I used those photos. You know, ripped-off is such an ugly phrase; I prefer reverse engineered. :-)

This post is as much about how I re-created the design as the stand itself.

As you can see, there are several angles and many cut-aways that need to be sized correctly to maintain the correct overall look.

Without the actual piece -only pictures from the internet- it took some specialized tools to make the measurements. Luckily these tools are available for free. The one I used is called Picpick. It’s easy to use and I can show you where to get it if you are interested.

Ok, I had one piece of information to begin the process; it was about 15 1/2 inches high. With this, I had a means to capture the rest of what I needed.

Using a Picpick tool called ‘Pixel Ruler’ I found the 15 1/2 inch height measured 493 pixels. (see photos) Now as long as I use the same photo I can take other measures and relate them to 493 pixels to get their measurement.

The area between the legs is 236 pixels. That is about 48% of 493 so 0.48 X 15.5 and that dimension must be around 7 3/8 to 7 1/2 inches. I repeated this process for several of the required dimensions.

Next, the angles. Picpick also has a protractor tool. It works great but does not show well in the photograph so I added some arrows for clarity. I can now see that the legs angle in at about 11 degrees.

Next I needed another view, the side view to capture the details there. See the side pictures for details.

This stand was made from African Mahogany which I thought would make a nice contrast to my all Maple banjo. I cut the sides roughly on the bandsaw and used a spokeshave, rasp and file to bring it in. I counter-bored the sides and simply placed screws with faux dowels to hold the center piece. I should have used a stopped dado too, but even as is, it only very slightly racks. I need to add some leather or neoprene to avoid wood on wood that might mar the banjo.

To be honest this is more of a show piece for special occasions than an everyday setup. Since making it I have heard horror stories of banjos and guitars getting knocked over from stands like this. We don’t have kids but we have a couple cats. One of them- Hurricane Molly- will almost certainly find a way to knock it down.

Picpick, the Home edition can be downloaded here:

-- I'm 58. In my mind, I still feel 28. Until I do something physical; then I feel 78.

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 03:16 PM

I will try to not criticize the cat and compliment you on your work. This is beautiful. My cat lives outdoors…. ha ha ha I love banjo music and Bluegrass so this caught my attention. Now I wish I had the ability to play with you. You did a FINE job on this stand. Maybe a little weight in the base would keep the cat from tipping it???

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 03:25 PM

Thank you.

The weight in the base sure could not hurt. It is fairly stable, but the banjo slides easily against the stand. I am hoping the neoprene or leather will provide enough friction to help.

-- I'm 58. In my mind, I still feel 28. Until I do something physical; then I feel 78.

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 04:04 PM

It is a beautiful instrument. Don’t see many with all the white on them like this one. need to protect that one.

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 04:09 PM

Nice looking stand.

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 11:21 PM

Well now, I need a stand for my Christmas banjo. Thanks for the ideas and the stand looks great.

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#6 posted 12-30-2012 12:30 AM

Can the cat play four string?

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 12:19 AM

Very nicely done. I just got a banjo for Christmas and was debating about getting a stand for it…silly me…I could just make one. You know, they say plagiarism is the highest form of flattery. :) Thanks for the idea!

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