This is a project I started about two years ago before I restored my table saw so most of this was built using a bandsaw, router, Dremel, and scroll saw. Like a lot of projects this one was sidelined for more important and/or urgent ones. A couple of weeks ago I was waiting on my laser guy to cut some letters for my guitar logo and while I was waiting I thought it was a good time to complete this iPad stand.
I'll probably fly through the build process 'cause there's nothing really new here but I think it's a good mix of woods and I had fun with the design, so here goes...
On stage at church my iPad resides on a standard metal music stand and I wanted something smaller. Making something to look better was a goal, as well but a black metal stand isn't hard to beat. I had made a little support out of scraps so the cable would be protected (truly fine woodworking, too!
My choice of wood was Curly Maple and unsteamed Walnut. I resawed some Curly Maple and glued the pieces (the notch was due to my original design that changed several times and didn't really need to be there but since I cut it out I had to live with it) -
Like my iPhone stand I built a while back this one is shaped like a guitar
Original design for back side (congregation view)
Original design for front (my view)
My original design incorporated a volute similar to what Martin uses on the back of the guitar neck but I decided not to do it this way
I probably went through 20 designs for the legs before arriving at what I finally used
The music notes go all the way through the legs and were cut on my scroll saw
The music staff lines are Macassar Ebony and the pockets were cut with my Dremel on a base
Ebony inlaid and ready for trimming
Trimmed and sanded
Checking the fit on the legs and Walnut column (attached with a 1/4x20 screw from under the feet)
Showing the effect of being cut all the way through and letting light define the note
Beginning the inlay with Curly Koa and Macassar Ebony
Starting the inlay gluing