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.
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.
Here is the slab in the back of my truck:
Its just under 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 8/4 thick. It has a natural edge on one side and sliding dovetails cut into both ends.
Another view in front of the toolbox for scale (also notice the figure bottom right)
After a lot of head scratching and planning I came up with a general direction for the design and laid out some cut lines:
The first cut was a little too awkward for the table saw so I did it outside with a circular saw and a straight-edge:
I hand-planed down the high corners to take most of the rocking out of it before power planing:
Out of the planer:
Another view… wow!
Ripping it into various parts for the stand:
I am still designing as I go with very basic and rough sketches (not usually to scale or proportionally correct). Many aspects of the final design are undecided.
The main parts of the base are milled and it starts to take shape:
For the upper (adjustable) part of the stand I ripped three pieces. I will turn the middle one upside-down and glue them back together. This laminated piece will be stronger and more stable than using one solid piece.
Laminating the three strips:
This is the bookmatched “podium.” I took the most figured section of the slab and sliced it in half on the bandsaw to reveal this stunning matched pair. I decided to incorporate the natural edges in this part of the music stand. I haven’t resolved how the overall shape of the podium will look yet. Should it have a frame? Or just a nice round-over edge on top and the ledge on the bottom? I’m not sure yet. I don’t know if I am totally satisfied with the shape of the podium with the natural edge as-is. I will think on it but I’m open to suggestions at this point.
I am beveling the edge of the podium so when the two bookmatched halves are joined they will come together at a slight angle:
Here you can see that angle I was talking about:
That’s all for today. About 5 hours of work so far.
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