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Project by ajosephg posted 12-31-2010 12:25 AM 11623 views 30 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Guitar Stand for my daughter (who lives in Germany). I was inspired by photos of a Taylor Guitar Stand on the web, and several Lumberjocks have also built similar stands. Cudo’s to Hokiemojo for his input on how he built his version.

Normally I wouldn’t use knock down furniture fastners, but I thought that this is an appropriate application for them as it would be expensive to ship a pre-assembled unit overseas.

I used walnut for the side pieces, and maple for the center section and the finish is polyurethane. I used self stick felt strip so the guitar’s finish won’t touch the stand.

There may be a problem with the felt. When I took the stand to a friend’s house to use his guitar for the last photograph I learned that if the guitar is not well centered on the stand it will rotate sidewise and the neck could hit the wall (or floor) if not caught. In other words, the felt to guitar interface is slippery. I’m now thinking about removing the felt and replacing them with some soft rubber bumpers. Any input folks?

For those who are interested, here are the major construction steps.

Made a full sized pattern using drafting paper with a 1/4 inch grid. (I bought the graph paper at a repographics center, and it “ain’t cheap.) I hand sketched the basic contours onto the paper and then used a french curve to smooth them up. The arc’s on the center section are segments of a circle which were drawn using a machinest trammel. The pattern was copied onto 1/4 inch plywood which was used to mark the glue ups. After cutting the glueups to about 1/8 inch oversize using a band saw, the pattern was attached to the wood with carpet tape. Fiinal profile was cut with a pattern cutting router bit with a router table. The angles on the feet were “cut” after assembly by attaching 80 grit sand paper to a table top with carpet tape and sliding the feet back and forth until the feet were in the same plane as the table top.

-- Joe





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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 01:26 AM

It looks fantastic!

As someone that has tried building these, I can appreciate that they are tougher than they look. I noticed you were careful to keep the grain running correctly through the legs to ensure they are nice and strong.

I can sympathize with your trouble on the felt. I had initially bought felt pads rubber grommets for mine, but didn’t use them because the curved backs on the ovation guitars my family use didn’t make contact with them. As a result, you see my dad’s foam strip solution which I’m not a big fan of, but as long as he is happy, I’m happy.

Just curious, how did you connect the two pieces of wood that make up each side? Is it just a butt joint or is it doweled? It looks like a nice fit either way. Again, great work, and you finished in about 1/4 the time it took me!

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ajosephg

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 01:35 AM

The two piece sides joined with two 3/8 inch dowels.

-- Joe

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 02:29 AM

When I saw your guitar stand I was reminded that I hadn’t posted mine. I used mortise and tenon joinery, with screws and plugs, and added the center support. My wife had a lot of input on design. Yours looks great. One of my wife’s cousins works and designs for Taylor so my wife had an idea of what she wanted. I was just the worker bee.
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 02:34 AM

Hey Robert

What did you use to keep the guitar off the wood?

-- Joe

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robert triplett

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 07:48 AM

Joe, I use weather stripping felt and some of my wife’s craft glue. I tried some of those felt dots also. As i said, I had the advantage of my wife’s input!! Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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GaryD

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 05:18 PM

Joe, Really nice job. May have to make one of these for a friend of mine. Hum, Start of christmas makings for next year. Thanks for posting

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Doer

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#7 posted 01-03-2011 07:45 PM

Very pretty stand indeed. I have not built one of these but I have 6 of them on my project to do list. I have several commercial stands which have what appears to be surgical rubber for a non-slip contact area which works pretty well to prevent slippage but I have notice with some of these non-slip materials that there is a reaction to the finish primarily on my older Gibson guitars. The non-slip rubber will cause the nitro-cellulose lacquer on my old Les Paul and ES-335 to deteriorate so I am very careful not to put these guitars on these stands without a towel on top of the rubber. Oddly enough, my 64 Guild Starfire must have a different finish because it is not affected nor are any of my Fender guitars. Just my 2 cents.

doer

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ajosephg

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#8 posted 01-03-2011 10:24 PM

I just bought some self stick plastic protective pads from Hobby Lobby. They are pliable, but not soft and being clear they look good on the stand. They feel less slippery than the felt strips shown on the photos, so hopefully they will work better with a guitar. Since I don’t own a guitar, they earliest I can try it with a real instrument will be Wed pm.

Assuming they work, I wonder how a person can know if it is compatible with a guitar’s finish?

-- Joe

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 01-06-2011 01:18 AM

Nice work Joe. Very pleasing to the eye.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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ajosephg

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#10 posted 01-07-2011 05:40 AM

There has been some interaction on methods to keep the guitar protective from contacting the stand. As was noted the felt I first used was too slippery and if the instrument isn’t placed precisely it can slide (by rotating) off the stand.

I found some self stick protective pads from Hobby Lobby as shown in the following image. I’ve tried it with a Gibson guitar , and it stayed put unless put on the stand extremely crooked. Therefore, I’m calling this problem solved.

I do have a slight concern on whether the buttons will interact with some guitar finishes such as used on Martin and possibly other guitars. I’m going to warn my daughter to keep an eye on it until she’s confident that it won’t hurt the finish.

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-- Joe

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steliart

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#11 posted 02-10-2011 03:45 AM

I love it. It will be perfect for my ibanez.
Thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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cknowles

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#12 posted 03-18-2011 05:27 PM

Beautiful stand, I found this page by looking for patterns for the Taylor guitars stand. Of course they want $70 for it, and since I already have 40 board feet of figured maple drying in the shop I “figured” I could do as well myself. My question is what are the gross dimensions. I sure someone could figure it out based on your picture with the ruler behind, however I don’t have the math. I’ve checked several of the other stands here and haven’t been successful finding the overall length or height. One of the online merchants listed the package size as 17×13x3.5 so I can always work from there to come up with my own design if need be.

Thanks!
Chris (The Newbie here)

-- Chris Knowles, Mount Hope, Ontario, http://www.ckcustomguitars.ca

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ajosephg

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#13 posted 03-19-2011 01:13 AM

Chris:
17” wide at front bottom (outside)
15” deep (from front to back leg)
20” high (from bottom to top of side piece)
15 degree (inside tilt of side pieces)
10 degree (backward tilt of side pieces)

Let me know if you have any questions. If you want, I could trace my templates on a piece of paper.

-- Joe

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cknowles

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 12:31 AM

Fantastic Joe! That’s all I need, (well that and some warm weather!)

I’ll post my results when I’ve got something to show.

Thanks again!
Chris

-- Chris Knowles, Mount Hope, Ontario, http://www.ckcustomguitars.ca

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ajosephg

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#15 posted 03-21-2011 03:52 AM

Looking forward to it.

Glad to help.

-- Joe

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