Instrument Wall Hanger for Katrina Rebuilds

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Project by CypressAndPine posted 07-21-2013 03:26 AM 1443 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cheap piece of poplar I picked up at the big box store. I liked the dark rings on it. I didn’t try to remove them with bleach. I first routed the edges. I then drilled some holes and glued in 7/8” poplar dowels. I put 8 little sticky felt things on the back to keep it from damaging the wall. It is mounted with 2 drywall mounts and the screws are covered with little plugs. I have another one of these I built a couple years ago for 5 instruments. All three of these instruments were destroyed in hurricane Katrina. A local Luthier repaired the 2 Gibson acoustics and my brother repaired the American Strat. I now am the only person I know who has a Gibson mandolin with a french polish!!! I’m really excited to be able to finally display them properly.


-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 03:45 AM

Wow , you sure it’s Poplar ? I haven’t seen that much grain in Poplar until now…if it actually is. : )

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 01:27 PM

Neat little hanger for your axes, Jacob. It looks like the Gibson acoustic is in the eye of the storm!

I’m glad to hear that you were able to save some of your instruments. There were many, many fine instruments that got tossed after the floods. By the way, I’m in Lafayette, so I know about hurricanes and their consequences. We weren’t affected directly by Katrina here, but we’ve had others.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 04:27 PM

Simple and elegant and doesn’t draw attention away from the instruments while still being pleasing to the eye.

This has given me some inspiration, I had been planning a few display boxes for some weaponry but may do a version of this instead.

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 04:42 PM

I’ve wanted to build something like this for years! Now that I’ve seen what you did, I don’t really have an excuse to not make one now. Good work!

-- Just remember... Keep your stick on the ice! - Red Green

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#5 posted 07-21-2013 06:50 PM

Mr. Bagel,
I’m glad it encouraged you. It is a really simple build. Just use a drill press to get the dowels at precise angles. I then just use rubber bands to secure the instruments a little better.

Another key thing is to have the instruments hanging low on the board and the mounting bolts high on the board. This will prevent the board from trying to tilt/pry off the wall.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#6 posted 07-21-2013 07:11 PM

Nice work and very pleased that you were able to save those instruments.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 07-21-2013 08:27 PM

Really nice piece of wood, whatever it is. That image makes me nervous when it’s on Television, almost as much as seeing Jim Cantore in town :)

Beautiful instruments as well. Ready for a Fais-do-do!

Who Dat!!!!

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