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Project by Dave Rutan posted 11-23-2015 05:05 PM 1551 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

My wife mentioned that she would like a guitar stand at school. My task of making gifts for the family this year has taken away from the time that I was going to use to make he something really nice. So I thought I’d at least whip something off. The other project will be an I.O.U.

I started this by tracing the metal folding stand that we have at home so that the shape of the cradle would at least be close to what I needed. I then used that tracing to create a two part base. this was so that if desired, I could use real wood and keep the grain running the correct way for strength. I also saved my pattern for future endeavors. I know a few other folks who might appreciate these down the road of life.

I used 1/2 inch plywood for this stand however, since it’s effectively a prototype, plus it’s going to school. I traced the shape onto two pieces of plywood that were stuck together with carpet tape and cut them out on the band saw. Then I sanded the edges and faces smooth and rounded over the upper surfaces.

I joined the cradle to the back with glue and claps, adding a few small nails when things had set a bit. A single hinge was screwed on at the top, allowing the stand to fold, and a short chain keeps it from opening up too much.

I painted it satin black, again because it’s going to school and It probably shouldn’t stand out. I added padding to the areas where the guitar will contact. I used strips of self stick felt which I cut from a ‘felt blanket’.

One day I’ll make a nice stand along these lines. There’s plenty of room for fancyfying of this simple design.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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SirGareth

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 05:10 PM

That looks useful and easy to use, Dave. I put this on my list to make for my wife sometime down the road.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 05:17 PM

Nice work, looks good.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 05:21 PM

Anticipating questions on the ‘Felt Blanket’, I’m posting these two photos. I bought this in our local Walmart. They were in the screw and nail section. The felt is very thick and (so far) it sticks very well to the paint.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 06:06 PM

One of those projects which do the job when needed.Nice thing for school, I’m sure they will use it a lot.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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CFrye

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#5 posted 11-24-2015 01:43 AM

Very handy stand, Dave! Thanks for anticipating my blanket question. I appreciate the image with the stand being held as it provides scale…it’s bigger than I thought. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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AtlanticBryan

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 01:03 PM

Would you be willing to post the templates on line, Dave?

-- I'm not talking to myself ... I'm consulting an expert!

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 11-24-2015 01:29 PM



Would you be willing to post the templates on line, Dave?

- AtlanticBryan

That sort of depends on what you mean. I can trace my cardboard patterns on paper, add some dimensions and photograph them. Alternately I could try to draw them in something like sketchup. If you want 1:1 scale templates, sketchup is the way I’d probably have to go.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 11-24-2015 03:48 PM

Very nice! I am planning on building a pair of tilt back combo amp stands for my band mates for Christmas this year with a semi similar, but MUCH larger design. (My guitar players are too cheap to buy their own, and too lazy to make them!)

It looks like you have it notched to support either acoustic or electric instruments. Good design move!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 11-24-2015 04:08 PM



Very nice! I am planning on building a pair of tilt back combo amp stands for my band mates for Christmas this year with a semi similar, but MUCH larger design. (My guitar players are too cheap to buy their own, and too lazy to make them!)

It looks like you have it notched to support either acoustic or electric instruments. Good design move!

- dbhost

Unfortunately the double duty cut out isn’t from my cleverness. I traced it from an existing stand, though I knew why it was there. Good luck with your build.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 11-24-2015 04:08 PM

Thank you to everyone who helped put this project in the Daily Top 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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