Graham Nash Music Stand #2: Taking Shape

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Blog entry by Blake posted 08-07-2011 05:59 AM 3480 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the laminated adjustable section after the clamps came off:

It gets run through the planer and its pretty much done:

These are the two halves of the main lower section of the stand. The insides are routed out to receive the adjustable post which will slide inside the lower section. I removed most of the inside on the router table. Then I finished it by using a palm router with bottom clearing bit until the slots were the perfect size.

Checking the fit with the two halves together:

I chamfered the inside edges where any glue squeeze-out might interfere with the sliding post. I will not be able to scrape excess glue off the inside.

The two halves of the lower post glued up:

This is the joinery for the base being done on the router table:

Dry fit:

Then I cut the angles on the table saw with an angle jig:

The base pieces done:

Another dry fit:

Then I decided to remove material from the bottom of the feet to leave “pads”:

Just a little preview of how it will all come together:

Another 4 hours today for a total of 9 hours of building time so far.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 06:09 AM

Nice progress Blake. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 06:17 AM

I want to see finish on that piece of wood !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh well, I will be patient…lol
This is going to be one special music stand…... the grain of the claro is going to jump right out at you !

I’ll keep watching Blake…...

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 06:50 AM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 07:57 AM

That is excellent. Can hardly wait to see the finished product.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 08:17 AM

The figure is fabulous.. need to see some finish on that…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 02:45 PM

Coming along great Blake!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 03:31 PM

Looks like you’ve found a way to get the very most out of a very pretty piece of wood Blake.

Of course this is no surprise. I too want to see that top with finish on it.

Great job on this

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 08-07-2011 03:34 PM

Yes Great progress.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 08-07-2011 04:35 PM

Coming along great! Can’t wait to see your next steps. I’m wondering how your height adjustment is going to work and if the post going to straddle the center part of the base or sit on the side as in the picture?

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 08-07-2011 10:13 PM

ShopTinker: it’s going to stratle the base. And the height adjustment will probably be a simple pin with knob.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 08-07-2011 11:02 PM

This is going to look fabulous, infact it already does. You’re motoring!

-- - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#12 posted 08-08-2011 01:55 AM

What a great looking piece and it’s not even done yet.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#13 posted 08-08-2011 03:58 AM

That’s going to look awesome. Beautiful wood and I especially like the look of the top.


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#14 posted 08-08-2011 11:39 AM

This is looking awesome Blake. 9 hours?? You are VERY efficient!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#15 posted 08-08-2011 02:45 PM

That is going to be really fine, you are a wonderful son.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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