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post #1 of 34 Old 09-05-2011, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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My father in law plays guitar at open mic jam sessions in his area and this year, I have decided that all Christmas gifts would be hand made to save a few bucks and to get back to basics and return to the "it's the thought that counts" attitude. It's for that reason, that I came up with this idea. I thought that a folding guitar holder might be nice to take to the jam sessions. So I started off by searching the internet to see pictures of other wooden guitar stands. From there, I drew up a pattern template on 1/4" hardboard and cut them out, using duct tape for the hinge, I tested my design and it seemed just fine.

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I then milled some rough sawn maple and walnut to the thickness that I wanted, jointed, planed, and biscuit joined the different stocks. I then used my prototype hardboard template to draw out my pattern on the stock and rough cut them with the band saw and scroll saw.
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I then mortised in a 2 1/2" hinge at the top of the pieces after routing and sanding. A lot of hand sanding. Holy cow my hands are killing me.
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I then tested to see if the "closed" stand lined up correctly.
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This is the stand open. I still have to add the leather strap that will run between the two parts and prevent it from opening all the way, but that will be added after the finish is applied.
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I then brought the stand inside to test it with my classical guitar and my electric. It fit both very nicely and I'm quite please with how it turned out. So much so, that I think I might make 3 more to hold my 3 guitars........but that will be on another day.
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Ingenious! That'll be well appreciated. Great wood selection, too.
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Cool piece. I need to build myself one. I know it's probably been asked here before, but I wonder how many of the regulars on here play an instrument or two?

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Well Done Ken! I really like the woods your chose for this project, and how you came up with that pattern.

Looking forward to a photo of the finished item including the leather.

Nice Job, very nice.

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Taylor guitars have a similar type of stand.

They also use scrap lumber too.

I play guitar and own two limited Taylor guitars, one 414 six string and it's 12 String twin, a 454. I will never separate these two guitars.

I like your stands Kenbo!

I am inspired to build some too!
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Guitar.
Carpentry.
What don't you do?
Lol. Looks nice

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Those are awesome. What a great project! I think my guitars need some too...one more item on the project 'to do' list.
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Looks like another great project. Great idea. I may have to add this to my list of cool things to make.
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Thanks for the kind words guys. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this one comes out once I get the finish on it. I think that the contrast will be awesome. I took extra care to bookmatch the wood when I did the resaw which the pictures don't show. I should take a photo of the stand completely folded out once the finish is on and the grain is a little more pronounced. Thanks again for the compliments. Your kindness makes my weekend in the shop well worth it.
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Your ingenuity never ceases to amaze me great project and very well done Kenbo
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I totally missed this thread some how. Nice job Ken! I need to build a few for my mates in the band... maybe if I ever get the stupid cabinet finished. How are you planning on attaching the leather between the two?

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I really like the design on this one. Great job by you as always! keep up the good work!
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Nice!

I'm seeing the long hair Kenbo!

Another beautiful piece. Your consistency of quality over such a wide range is really inspiring. I'm still trying to figure out how to get on that Christmas list.
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Put a coat of tung oil sealer on the guitar stand today and it really brought out the grain in the maple and darkened the walnut beautifully. I love the contrast. I love it so much, that I am considering keeping this original one for myself and making another for my FIL. I'll see what it is like after I get the poly on it. Either way, here is what it looks like now.
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@Taylormade........the leather "strap" between the two sides is a primitive set up, that will thread through the holes midway down on each upright. A knot will hold the strap in place. The stand will be adjustable by shortening or lengthening the leather strap, which is more like a lace.

@Shopdad........I am a mediocre fireside strummer at best on the guitar. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a good guitar player. The "long haired Kenbo" is a heavy metal drummer and I still play to this day. A little extra weight, a lot less hair, but still have the heavy metal drumming pulsing through my veins. Love my drum kit.

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nice guitar stand. where might one find the patteren for one at?
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nice guitar stand. where might one find the patteren for one at?

I don't know, I drew the pattern out myself on 1/4" hardboard and used it for a template. I could probably fabricate some measurements and post them tomorrow if you are interested.

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Awe-some!

Nice pix. Isn't it harder to play heavy-metal without the hair to throw around? I would think thats like a Sampson thing.
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It doesn't look as cool but it is a heck of a lot cooler. I guess I should buy a wig.

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