Personalized Music Stand

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Project by DaveLikeGolf posted 12-31-2007 06:18 PM 3574 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first real project. I am in the process of building my daughter some furniture for her bedroom (crib and dresser) and building a chest of drawers and nightstands for my bedroom. They were taking so long that I was getting burned out. I just wanted to see something completed!

I wanted to do something small and fun, so when my sister said she needed a music stand for Christmas, the gears in my head started turning. Why not BUILD her a music stand? Then as I was playing in Sketchup, I decided that it would be neat to personalize the stand by making the sheet holder spell out her initials, “KMK”. Anyway, several boards of mahogany and two scroll saw blades later and the finished product is something I’m quite proud of.

The finish is Minwax Polyshades which I used despite asking peoples opinion and getting mixed results. It’s not a terrible product if you throw the directions for use out the window. When it says “thin layers” it means thin layers! You should barely have any product on your brush, and once you’re satisfied with an area DON’T TOUCH IT AGAIN! You’ll only screw it up. let it dry and then sand it to completion. Or wipe it off with mineral spirits and try again. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend the polyshades to a friend, but I’m comfortable enough with it now that I can continue using it. I also used it on my daughters dresser (also made out of mahogany) which I will post later this week.

Overall, it was a quite enjoyable project. When I get a little more comfortable with my tools and my finishing skills take off, I may just try to sell these guys on Ebay. I’m not sure if there is a market for personalized music stands, but it wasn’t terribly difficult and could be fun as a small side project to pay for the wood and stuff.

-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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#1 posted 12-31-2007 06:23 PM

Very nice and was she pleased.

I would be and I don’t play music.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-31-2007 06:25 PM

Nice. How did you cut the hexagonal section?

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#3 posted 12-31-2007 06:30 PM

I’m keeping this idea in mind for when I get brave enough to give it a try

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 12-31-2007 06:30 PM

She was quite pleased. She was expecting one of the standard black metal music stands you’d find in any high school band room, so she was surprised when she found she’d be able to display this one!

As for the hexagon, I cut two trapezoids from 3/4” stock, then dadoed a 3/8” x 3/4” groove down the center of each one. Then I sandwiched the two pieces together creating the 3/4” x 3/4” square shaft and the hexagon.

-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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#5 posted 12-31-2007 07:16 PM

Very special and a top notch project. You Should be proud. My experience has shown that if you want to find a market for something (that isn’t already there) then you go out and make one, mostly by educating the clients, personally or through advertising. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 12-31-2007 07:27 PM

This is such a nice music stand! I really like the design of the stand and legs. This has been on my to-do list for a while (there’s a lot of musicians in my family.) Beautiful! Favorited.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 12-31-2007 07:44 PM

Dave what a beautiful stand, very classy and the finish came out great polyshades or not :>) I think you could find a market for these…lot of parents with inspired kids out there who would want one. Excellent job.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 12-31-2007 08:22 PM

That is a great looking piece -
Wish I’d seen this in time for Christmas!!!
My daughter is 4 months into her music teaching career. I’m definately going to have a try at this.

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#9 posted 12-31-2007 08:34 PM

That’s a wonderful piece of woodworking Dave. Great design idea and execution.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 12-31-2007 09:03 PM

Very nice!

I’ve used Polyshades, and I pretty much agree with you…. it’s workable, but easy to screw up. Lately I’ve pretty much put the stain away completely. I’d rather start off with material that is the color I want to end up with. Makes life a lot simpler!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 12-31-2007 09:07 PM

Very cool. Personalization makes it special.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 12-31-2007 11:50 PM

beautiful, what would you charge for something like this? I never have any idea. I would guess $120.00 or more. Maybe even $220?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#13 posted 01-01-2008 10:35 AM

Now that is one nice looking music stand – especially when you said it was your first real project! I can’t way to see future projects.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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