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I built this a couple of months ago. I copied a design I had seen posted by a fellow woodworker named “Eiji”. It’s made of tiger maple and wenge.
-- Don, San Antonio, TX
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#1 posted 10-23-2010 05:49 PM
Wow, that’s a beautiful work of art. It looks very stable.
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#2 posted 10-23-2010 07:23 PM
Nice work! That’s some pretty amazing curly maple. What did you finish it with?
-- Al, Culpeper VA
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#3 posted 10-23-2010 07:56 PM
Beautiful stuff! We have trouble finding maple like that down here. Nice piece.
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#4 posted 10-27-2010 07:35 AM
Very nice. Can you tell us how you made the base and made the connection with the stand?
-- Spence in Skokie, IL
#5 posted 10-27-2010 04:05 PM
Sure; I got the largest piece of 8/4 curly I could find from a local wood source, which was about 10” wide. I squared it up and did some initial sanding. I next built a template that I could use with a spiral upcut bit and made it to an exact fit to the square post. I did gradual “bites” until I had the hole about 5/4” deep. (Later, I rounded the edges of the post to fit the “mortise” in the base.) I then set my table saw at about 25* and raised the blade to its highest position. I cut the chamfer off of the base and finish-sanded it. Just for looks, I added the wenge border on the base. I epoxied the post to the base, and then added a little molding at the post/base interface to cover up any gaps. Hope that helps.
#6 posted 10-30-2010 06:43 AM
Thanks for the explanation.
Was that local wood source really only 10” wide? LOL
How does one know how large of a base to make for a music stand? In retrospect, is the base you made large enough to prevent tipping?
#7 posted 10-30-2010 03:00 PM
The base, in my opinion, was not wide enough. In a home setting, it works fine, but if outside and in the wind, I don’t think it would be stable enough. It would be easy enough to glue some 8/4 stock together to get a larger slab. The difficulty then might be “chamfering” the edge. I have a SketchUp model of it if you are interested. Let me know.
#8 posted 10-30-2010 08:00 PM
Thanks, but I don’t do SketchUp.
I have a music stand project I started but I haven’t finished it specifically because I’m looking for the “right” base design to come along… and some info on how large a base is needed. For mine, I used a baluster for the stand main column (about 1-1/4’ x 1-1/4”). I cut it in half then routed both halves to fit a 3/4” x 3/4” extender, then glued the 2 halves back together. To hold it upright, I know of the sliding dovetail leg method, but at that size I think they’re too fragile plus I don’t need to raise the baluster up… like yours, I want a base that sits low.
BTW, the wood you used is gorgeous…
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#9 posted 05-08-2011 07:17 AM
This is great. I am getting ready to make one. I love the colors and modern design of this.
-- "Be more human."
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