Cherry Music Stand #1: The Paper Rest

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Blog entry by wadestock posted 10-13-2008 08:22 PM 893 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to build a music stand. My daughter has started violin and I need to start practicing my guitar again.
I have some cherry that was thrown out from a cabinet shop. I researched all the ones I could find here on LJ, and saw many wonderful examples. I decided I wanted a flat back so I could write on the music, if needed.
My glue up skills leave much to be desired, more patience and preparation is needed. Thanks to all you who have now got me hooked on hand tools, I decided to smooth it up after glueing with my hand planes. The results are less than perfect but the process is so much fun. I started with my Harbor Freight made in India special. I didn’t really know how poor it was until I found a Stanley #4 in a pawn shop. Even though it was a newer model it shone the light on the darkness that is crappy tools. I have since also purchased a one hundred year old #5.paper rest

This first step had me trying to resaw a 1×6 on my crappy benchtop bandsaw. I managed to get it done, but by the time I planed it flat the stock was much thinner at 5/16 than I originally intended. This was the only wood I had that hadn’t already been turned into door frames, trim etc. before being thrown out. The dimensions are 22 1/2×13 1/2 but that should come down a bit in the final product. I am just winging the design, so hopefully it will come together OK.

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