Music stand

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Project by iminmyshop posted 03-26-2015 03:31 AM 1514 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my last project at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport Maine last year. This part of the class was all about curves. About the only part of the stand I could have built before the class was the flat piece of wood that the music actually sits on.

The stand was built with a variety of bending methods. It is all Maple which does not like to be bent so the laminations making up the uprights, which were bent (photo 5) on a mold, were made pretty thin. The music holder part and base are made of bendy plywood and veneer. The top veneer of Quilted Maple was purchased while the veneer on the base was hand made. Both the base and music holder parts were glued in a vacuum press. The purchased veneer is very thin, a bit challenging to work with and not very tolerant of mistakes.

The music stand is fully functional. It can go up and down on a sliding dovetail and can also be moved in and out. It is entirely of wood with the exception of stainless steel pins which were buried in the piece as hinges.

Mock-ups for this stand were critical. Small differences in size made big differences in appearance. A foam mock-up was made first and then I moved to wood (photo 4).

Gluing the parts required specially made jigs to accommodate the curves (photo 6).

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 04:22 AM

A symphony of design and workmanship!

Definitely a high note worthy!

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 04:35 AM

Yep, that would do to be sure…..

Nice work


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#3 posted 03-26-2015 04:49 AM

That’s a very unique music stand. . . LOVELY! It certainly took some creativity and ingenuity to accomplish it.


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#4 posted 03-26-2015 09:32 PM

Very beautiful work. I approve.

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 10:04 PM

Beautiful ! I know several musicians and I’m sure they’d LOVE to have this!

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 12:48 AM

Amazing. I’m stealing some of your ideas for my daughters music stand.

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 01:36 AM

Well done!

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 04:57 PM

Great design. Love the unique use of curves. Wonderful job.

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