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Blooze

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10-22-2021 02:47 PM

Ok, I’m a very rudimentary woodworker at best, but I have a specific question on the construction of a guitar amp stand that I can’t find an answer to.

I want to build a stand similar in style to the Ampendage brand or to this one here on LJ using 3/4” poplar.

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/46148

My question is how best to attach the support legs? Some kind of tenon with screws and glue? Or just screws and glue?

The most the stand will hold at any one time will be 100lbs or so, but I sure don’t want it coming apart and dropping $1000’s of gear


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#1 posted 10-22-2021 02:54 PM

The simplest way would be with glue and screws. I’m assuming that you don’t care if the screw heads show. If you do, counter sink them and cover them with wood plugs. You could also use dowels but screws will pull the pieces together without the need for clamps. Based on your picture, I might spread the verticals a little farther apart to get a bit better stability.

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#2 posted 10-22-2021 02:57 PM

If it were me, I’d dado them in then pin them with dowels. But there are many ways to do it effectively.

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#3 posted 10-22-2021 03:20 PM

I would think tools available to use will play a large part in the “how to” part. Probably will get better answers making a small list of the tools available to you.

2 answers already given both suggest dowels, which are hard to do without something to drill accurate holes for angle, and depth. Kenny’s dado would probably require specialized hand tools, a router, or a table saw.

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#4 posted 10-22-2021 03:41 PM



Based on your picture, I might spread the verticals a little farther apart to get a bit better stability.

- bilyo


What I’ve drawn up is having the verticals 1/2” from the rear and side of the top, then having the front of the verticals 1” closer together (about a 10 degree angle). Not worried about the screw heads showing.


I would think tools available to use will play a large part in the “how to” part. Probably will get better answers making a small list of the tools available to you.

2 answers already given both suggest dowels, which are hard to do without something to drill accurate holes for angle, and depth. Kenny s dado would probably require specialized hand tools, a router, or a table saw.

- therealSteveN

I have a drill press and a router, some hand tools, compound miter saw, but unfortunately my table saw is no more and I haven’t replaced it yet so no dados.

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#5 posted 10-22-2021 04:41 PM

Do the dados with a router. If the dados don’t extend to the edge of the top or bottom then a table saw would not be the best way to go. Plunge router would be best.

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#6 posted 10-22-2021 06:40 PM

It appears to be assembled with screws, perhaps confirmats. I reckon it was sold as a flat pack item. If screws are strong enough for the manufacturer they’re probably strong enough for your amp.

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#7 posted 10-22-2021 06:55 PM

The weight is going straight down. Screws just keep the uprights from falling over. Glue and screws will last a lifetime.

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#8 posted 10-22-2021 07:48 PM

You can see the uncapped screw holes in the original. My guess it’s NOT glued so it can be knocked down to ship flat.

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#9 posted 10-22-2021 08:16 PM

I would also spread the verticals out more for stability. Glue and screws will be absolutely fine. Just hit the edges with the router or some sandpaper to ease them, throw some easy water based finish on it, and call it good.

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#10 posted 10-23-2021 04:31 AM

Thank you everyone for your advice. I think spreading out the vertical pieces wider and making sure I’ve got good overhang forward of the verticals for balance will be the ticket. Screws and glue should work.

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#11 posted 10-27-2021 09:50 PM

I just remembered I have a Kreg jig. I could do pocket holes from the verticals into the base and top along with glue. That may make it a little stronger?

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