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Blog series by Blake updated 10-09-2011 12:16 AM 8 parts 22190 reads 74 comments total

Part 1: Claro Walnut Slab with a Story

08-05-2011 07:11 AM by Blake | 19 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Taking Shape

08-07-2011 05:59 AM by Blake | 17 comments »

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...

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Part 3: Joinery and Hardware

09-15-2011 07:33 PM by Blake | 12 comments »

Once the glue had fully cured on the post I ran it through the planer. Then I used a table saw tenon jig to cut the joint where the post connects to the base. I made multiple kerfs on the table saw, And then removed the waste on the bandsaw. The finished joint dry fitted: I forgot to take a photo of the “before,” but this is how I repaired an inch-long chip that broke off one of the feet when I cut the joint. I started by using a chisel and then a file t...

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Part 4: The "neck" piece

09-28-2011 08:06 PM by Blake | 4 comments »

This is the start to the neck piece at the top of the stand. I started with one block of wood and cut it in half. Then I cut the square out of the center by making several passes on the table saw. This is the guitar hanger that will hold a guitar in the front of the stand. I am drilling for a threaded insert that it will screw into. Inserting the threaded insert: And then the two halves get glued back together. I cut slots and inserted splines across the grain to r...

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Part 5: Building the Podium (the lost photos!)

10-03-2011 06:05 AM by Blake | 2 comments »

Ok, so I just found these photos on my other camera so this entry is a little out of order. This bookmatched pair came from the most figured and beautiful section of the original slab and I have saved them for the podium (what I am calling the top part of the music stand). I had originally wanted to keep the natural edge and incorporate it into the design of the music stand. This was part of the original plan, although I was not entirely decided: After staring at it on the sh...

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Part 6: Engineering the moving parts

10-02-2011 09:04 PM by Blake | 0 comments »

This is the “shelf” piece for the top of the music stand (aka “podium”). I cut a rabbet on the table saw where it will glue to the podium. The glue-up for the shelf: After the glue dried I cut the bottom of the shelf off at an angle: Then I decided to reinforce the shelf joint with dowels: This piece is the beginning of the “spine” that will back the podium and will also serve as a hinge to angle the podium: I cut it into what I thought would be ...

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Part 7: Assembly!

10-02-2011 09:07 PM by Blake | 6 comments »

Today I finally got to assemble all of the components! After I worked out all the details in the hardware, it was just a matter of putting it all together. Here is the hole for the main hinge being drilled: Skip ahead a few steps and this is what I ended up with: Then I glued the hinged “spine” piece to the back of the podium panel: And reinforced it with through-dowels (the easiest form of joinery). Once I had the podium mechanism assembled to use as a reference, ...

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Part 8: DONE and Delivered!

10-09-2011 12:16 AM by Blake | 14 comments »

I got the music stand back from my finishing guy yesterday and today I brought it to my dad. Its not at all close to his birthday, father’s day, Christmas, etc. and I kept it as a surprise so he was completely shocked. He was blown away when I let him open his eyes. He looked at it for a few minutes and then I told him about the story behind the Rock n’ roll lumber and he was floored. He has a gig tonight at the Coconut Grove ballroom (a pretty cool venue at the historical Sant...

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