Shaker Music stand

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Project by Purplelady posted 09-05-2016 06:07 PM 1822 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have Thomas Moser’s book “How to Make Shaker Furniture”. In it is a picture of this music stand with a measured drawing. I needed a music stand and I had some Padauk, so this is how it turned out.

The base and tray is Padauk and the spindles are hard maple. I made the pegs for the adjustments out of maple as well.

The tray pivots on a pin and is secured with a peg. The stand can be raised and lowered by putting a peg in one of the holes.

I haven’t worked with Padauk much before so I found out the hard way about how it tears out and also gums up tools and saw blades with red stuff. I still got tear out even with a freshly sharpened plane blade. I have a high angle blade for my Veritas block plane and that finally got rid of the tear out.

The music stand is finished with blond shellac. I know this wood will eventually turn a dark reddish brown, but I saw where somebody did some tests with finishes and then exposed them to sunlight. I liked the look of the shellac test, so that made things easy.

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 08:14 PM

Padauk definitely turns everything orange and it hangs around for a long time also. It looks good finished
The music stand was a good place to use it. Looks beautiful.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 08:47 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 09:50 PM


Very nice indeed! May I assume sliding dovetails for the legs? Great job on the pegs!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 09-05-2016 10:43 PM


Very nice indeed! May I assume sliding dovetails for the legs? Great job on the pegs!

- Ron Aylor

Thanks, yes, the legs are sliding dovetails. I cut the tails on the router table and I hand cut the slots. They weren’t the greatest. I need practice!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#5 posted 09-05-2016 11:08 PM

Marsha, very nice music stand. I really like the combination of woods. Being a musician, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for woodworking project related to music. Thanks for posting, and I think most can use a little practice on hand cut dovetails.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 09-05-2016 11:54 PM

Thanks everybody, for all the kind words and encouragement!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#7 posted 09-06-2016 12:29 AM

That is wonderful. I am in need of a new music stand and I own that book! Thank you for reminding me that there is a drawing there.

Congratulations on a great project.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#8 posted 09-07-2016 01:15 AM

Nice job!

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Scott Oldre

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#9 posted 09-08-2016 03:34 AM

inspiring stand. Simple and elegant.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 09-15-2016 01:21 PM

Lovely work. Maybe some instrument stands next?

-- Brian Timmons -

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#11 posted 09-15-2016 02:20 PM

impressive …...simply love color combination and the pegs …....... GREAT JOB


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