Music stand for my Grand daughter

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Project by Schwieb posted 510 days ago 2057 views 23 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the things I really have enjoyed is making woodworking projects for my family, especially those twin grand daughters. I made this for Bryanna, the musical one. I worked from my own ideas and came up with this. My original thoughts were to make the column round on the lathe but prospect of making it telescoping at close tolerance could prove difficult so I decided on a square profile. I made it out of some mahogany I had and some brass stud fixtures I found at the hardware store. These were definitely the most expensive part of the project I worked it out so it would fold up for easy storage. I am around a lot of musicians and have noticed that storing and transporting music stands is a bit of a hassle. I turned my own knobs and came up with a clamping method that holds everything securely and allows for vertical adjustment from seated to standing heights. There are 28 separate wooden components. I finished them with Tung oil before final assembly.

I think she will like it.

1. Ready for music
2. Three basic elements, base, column, sheet music support
3. Adjustable angle
4. Folding legs detail
5. Column close up
6. Folded for transport

Thanks for looking and all comments are welcomed.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 510 days ago

Very well done! A beautiful heirloom she will treasure her whole life!

—Doug in Kansas

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#2 posted 510 days ago

Wow Ken I want the plans for this!!!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#3 posted 510 days ago

Great job.

-- Todd

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Mark Davisson

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#4 posted 510 days ago

Stunning! I’d like the plans, too!

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#5 posted 510 days ago

Good looking, well made, functional. What more could she want? Great job.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 510 days ago

I love it. I have been tring to find or think up a stand design for my daughter but cannot. If you ever draw up plans I would love a copy.

Great design.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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Randy Sharp

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#7 posted 510 days ago

Amazing, Ken! I imagine the plans to this beautiful piece would be very welcomed by a great many craftsmen. Thanks for sharing!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 510 days ago

Very nice, another project that begs to be done.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 510 days ago

Fantastic Design! I’ve thought through music stand designs before, and never came up with anything this nice and functional.

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#10 posted 510 days ago

Thank you everyone for the kind comments

Thomas (Sodabowski)
I saw your comment and just wanted to tell you that I would make you one in a heartbeat but it would likely cost a small fortune to send to you. I really wish I knew how to use Sketchup. I have the program and have messed around with it some but I just don’t feel very good at it. I studied back in the day when we still learned to use slide rules and did drafting with a rule and paper.

I am honored that you see this design worthy of a drawing and repeating. I admit I am pretty proud of the “seat of the pants” engineering it took to make it. I have loved that part ever since I was a boy and dreamed of being an engineer. I will try to make a sketch of this and get a copy to you.

Take care,


-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 510 days ago

Real nice. Not an easy project….I’ve made one before

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#12 posted 510 days ago

That is really impressive that you came up with that folding method and executed it so well. Nothing wrong with drafting by hand. Computers are great at what they do, but drafting by hand has its place too. If you draw up some plans, please post them here in this project or add a link to them. You definitely have a plan worth repeating.

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#13 posted 509 days ago

Super job Doug and cool design

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 509 days ago

+1 to everything everyone else has said.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#15 posted 509 days ago

Marvelous work and a very beautiful stand Ken. I was especially impressed with the way you constructed the legs to fold when you raise the bottom slider. Your granddaughter is sure to love it. It was also a treat to see some of your wonderful turnings along with the music stand.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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