|Project by bluejazz||posted 12-29-2012 02:52 PM||942 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
The best part of this stand -IMHO- is the attractiveness of the design, which of course I can take no credit for. Somebody was rightly proud of theirs and had pictures on a banjo site. I used those photos. You know, ripped-off is such an ugly phrase; I prefer reverse engineered. :-)
This post is as much about how I re-created the design as the stand itself.
As you can see, there are several angles and many cut-aways that need to be sized correctly to maintain the correct overall look.
Without the actual piece -only pictures from the internet- it took some specialized tools to make the measurements. Luckily these tools are available for free. The one I used is called Picpick. It’s easy to use and I can show you where to get it if you are interested.
Ok, I had one piece of information to begin the process; it was about 15 1/2 inches high. With this, I had a means to capture the rest of what I needed.
Using a Picpick tool called ‘Pixel Ruler’ I found the 15 1/2 inch height measured 493 pixels. (see photos) Now as long as I use the same photo I can take other measures and relate them to 493 pixels to get their measurement.
The area between the legs is 236 pixels. That is about 48% of 493 so 0.48 X 15.5 and that dimension must be around 7 3/8 to 7 1/2 inches. I repeated this process for several of the required dimensions.
Next, the angles. Picpick also has a protractor tool. It works great but does not show well in the photograph so I added some arrows for clarity. I can now see that the legs angle in at about 11 degrees.
Next I needed another view, the side view to capture the details there. See the side pictures for details.
This stand was made from African Mahogany which I thought would make a nice contrast to my all Maple banjo. I cut the sides roughly on the bandsaw and used a spokeshave, rasp and file to bring it in. I counter-bored the sides and simply placed screws with faux dowels to hold the center piece. I should have used a stopped dado too, but even as is, it only very slightly racks. I need to add some leather or neoprene to avoid wood on wood that might mar the banjo.
To be honest this is more of a show piece for special occasions than an everyday setup. Since making it I have heard horror stories of banjos and guitars getting knocked over from stands like this. We don’t have kids but we have a couple cats. One of them- Hurricane Molly- will almost certainly find a way to knock it down.
Picpick, the Home edition can be downloaded here:
-- I'm 58. In my mind, I still feel 28. Until I do something physical; then I feel 78.