Guitar Stands finally finished!

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Blog entry by Rick Dennington posted 12-02-2009 05:44 AM 14458 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was always fustrated when I went into a music store. All they ever had were the metal ones with the foam neck and body supports. I never liked those. So—I deceided to come up with a stand of my own design.
I actually started about 5 months ago working on the design, but always got side-tracked by other projects. I kept working and re-working the design, and went through plenty of scrap plywood, trying this and that, getting the right angle for the neck rest and body supports. Figuring out the degree of lean-back took awhile, too. I knew I had to figure the degrees and angles for them to work right. So after much trial and error(more errors than trial and more errors), this is the finished products. But I still think I can improve on them. Mostly how to attach the shaft to the base. If you notice I used a bolt and nut to attach the two parts, so I know that can be improved somehow. So I”ll keep trying till I get it right. Oh, and by the way—the reason I don’t like the metal and foam stands—- the foam has something in it that is harmful to the nitrocelliouse finish on instruments, especially old vintage instruments like mine. This is my first blog, so I hope the pixs come through.
If anyone has any sugesstions on how to improve over the nut and bolt, please let me know. Thanks.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 05:54 AM

Nice job, I agree much better then the metal ones. I was a soundman for years in bands, the metal ones can be easily knocked over. What did you use then to cushion the necks? I see something black there.

Oh and, if you use the picture button when your creating of editing the blog, put the links for the pictures in the pop up window and they will show up directly and they won’t have to be clicked on to be seen.

Do you want these to fold or break down for transport? If so you could replace the bolt with a dowel maybe.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 07:00 AM

Very nice design, I like it. I built a couple myself. What brand are the guitars?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 08:41 AM


Your stands came out well. You almost have a conventional bridle joint where the bolt is and that is a long grain to long grain joint that can simply be glued together. If you wish to reinforce the joint you could also add a dowel or two… just in case you want a visual reference here is what a bridle joint looks like
bridle joint

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 11:08 AM

Ah, finally you did it! Great design! It is very simple and look so cool.
Yes, if the bolt/nut part can be improved, that would be much better!
Thank you for your post.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 06:17 PM

nice design Rick

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 06:26 PM

Great job Rick

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 08:27 PM

Good-looking stands Rick. I guess I should make some now. I’m using the kind you don’t like.



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#8 posted 12-03-2009 06:44 AM

Thanks guys for the nice comments. I’m striving to improve. lol. I guess I’m my own worst critic when it comes to what I build. My wife says I’m a worrywart. But I guess she’s right (aren’t they always?)

Ken: If you make some or a stand, be sure and post it, ok? Feel free to use any or all of my design if you want to. I don’t care. I’ll gladly share. Isn’t this site what’s that’s all about?

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#9 posted 12-03-2009 02:28 PM


How about some idea of the size of each part of your stand? My son has a guitar and I’d like to build him a stand for Christmas, but I don’t have any idea what size each part should be? Any help is appreciated.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#10 posted 12-03-2009 06:17 PM

Greetings Hal: Glad to help with the guitar parts. Use any/ all you want. Front base: 16” long x 4” high Back brace: 12” long x 2 1/2” high Body supports in front barce: 3/4” x 6 7/8” Shaft: 1” x 36” tall Yoke: 3/4×5 3/4” Cut-out for the neck support: 2 1/2” deep. The back support where it rest on the floor (the flat part) is about 4 1/2 ” long The shaft is 1 1/2” glued-up stock, tapered down to 1” The bridle part is 2 1/4 ” high x 3/4” to fit the support
You didn’t say what kind of guitar your son has, but these dimenisions can be altered to fit any guitar, standard or electric. All wood is 3/4” oak for mine. I just used tung oil and mineral spirits for the finish.
Hopes this helps. If you have any questions about anything, just PM me.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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