Introduction: Build an Adjustable Rock Band Microphone Stand
Need a mic stand for all your rock band needs? Don't want to spend a bunch of money for a real one? In this instructable, I will show you how to build one out of materials found at your local Home Depot/Lowe's/Elliots/whatever for under $10.
Step 1: Materials
These materials can easily be found at any hardware store, or maybe even in your garage.
(All fittings are non-threaded)
(Make sure your 3/4" will fit into your 1", if you get SCH40 1", the walls will be too thick. Look for the thin walled pipe)
-10 ft of 1" PVC pipe (the pipes are sold in 10' segments at my Home Depot, so I just bought one pipe)
-10 ft of 3/4" PVC pipe
-3 1" T Joints
-4 1" 90' elbow joints
-1 1" hose clamp
-1 1" 1" 3/4" Reducer T Joint (it has 1" connections on the 2 linear sides and 3/4" on the perpendicular side
-Flathead screwdriver (or whatever you need to tighten the hose clamp, the one I used required a flathead)
Step 2: Build the Base
Assemble the base as shown in the picture. Use 2 inch long sections of 1" pipe to make the connections flush against each other where shown.
Step 3: Cut the Pipes
Place the 1" PVC into the base standing upright. Cut to the height of your belly button. This is merely preference here, depending on how much variation you want in your stand. This is what I did in my case. The 1" needs to be about 4 inches lower than you want the lowest possible stand height to be.
The 3/4" PVC should slide into it. Now cut the 3/4" PVC to slightly longer the 1" piece so that it will not get lost inside it.
Step 4: Make the Connection
First you need to cut the 1" piece as shown in the picture. This is difficult. BE VERY CAREFUL! The saw is likely to slip out. Lost fingers will make it rather hard to properly rock out.
The best way to do it is to make slow upwards cuts only, making one pass, then reinserting it and making another upward pass until the desired depth is achieved. Shoot for about 1" down the pipe. You need to cut out 4 segments to make the pipe have 4 roughly equidistant intact sections. This will allow us to squeeze the 3/4" pipe.
Be sure to rub off all the little PVC shavings.
Next, loosen the hose clamp and place it around the top of the pipe as shown. By tightening this clamp, you have an adjustable stand!
Step 5: Make the Mic Holder
Place your reducing T Joint into the vise (if you have one, I highly recommend it) by the perpendicular side. We need to cut along the linear side as shown in the picture.
Use your hacksaw to cut the piece. If done correctly, the mic should snap into place and be held in place. If you don't get it just right, it may or may not work. If it doesn't hold it tight enough, you can either use rubber bands or get a new reducing T joint. I recommend getting a new T joint.
Step 6: Final Assembly
Attach the mic holder onto the 3/4" piece. Next, insert the 3/4" pipe into the 1" pipe. Now, use your screw driver to tighten the hose clamp. You want it tight enough that the 3/4" pipe won't slide down, but loose enough that you can adjust it without unscrewing the clamp. I recommend tightening it in half turns, but this part is entirely personal preference and trial and error.
Now, just snap the mic into the mic holder and adjust the stand to your height and you're ready to rock.