Concrete Guitar Stand

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About: I'm an Industrial Designer. I've always had an interest in building things. I believe it's important for designers to be in touch with their materials and how to construct and manufacture the products they c...

A guitar stand made primarily from concrete. It was the result of a concrete workshop at my school. The concrete embraces the guitar with a protective foam-padding.
The mould was done by hand using mdf-wood.
It's a heavy beast however, and I would've liked to do a slimmer model, but was unsure how thin it could be done without compromising the structural integrity. I'm considering doing a new design using wood and a CNC milling process instead. An illustrated Instructable is on the way.

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    I work at a concrete laboratory man! silicafume makes concrete strong!! I had attained an initial setting strength of over 85 MPa!!! by mixing it with regular cement!! and for the mold you can use a demolding agent some used cars oil and fuel ... we use a special product more eco friendly

    this looks fantastic. i do believe i am going to steal this idea, but use wood as a medium, if that is ok with you.

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    Thanks. I think a wood version would be very cool, so steal away :) actually, somewhere in the comments I've shared my thoughts with a quick sketch on how a wooden version could be made.
    Feel free to share some pictures if you do make a stand in wood :)

    Here is one that I made which was based on your idea but instead of making it out of concrete, I carved it out of a piece of Oamaru stone.

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    very very cool. thanks for crediting the original
    I teach material science at my high school and we make guitars. I've been looking for a good concrete project for a while and now I think I've found it. BTW--I like the idea of a black lining like in the original.

    Beautiful work.

    loving the guitar, what is it?

    What I should have first is thanks Flark for sharing your awesome idea with us :)

    It's a Gibson LP Studio (worn brown) , I put different knobs on and got rid of the pickup covers.

    Do you think that the stand would look a bit better with black fabric instead of the grey?

    If you want to make it lighter, you could make it from papercrete. Instead of using stone and sand, you use liquefied paper with cement as a hardener. I would keep the same thickness to start, but after drying it would be much lighter. Search papercrete for more info. If you make a form you could reinforce the form with copper wire and copper mesh. Copper is much more expensive nowadays but the reason for not using steel mesh is to prevent rust. Probably fiberglass fabric with the papercrete matrix would work in this application, too.

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    Could also use any one of the many plant-based aggregates. Hemp-crete springs to mind. Could also use polystyrene balls, and add in some form of synthetic fabric for strength, such as nylon weave, a shredded sports bag would do.

    Concrete eats soft metals like copper and brass!

    I did not know that. I've seen concrete and copper used together in art but they did not discuss long term effects. How do they get away with using copper pipe in concrete slabs for housing?

    Well corrosion of non ferrous metals such as copper occur due to oxidization in an alkaline rich environment. PVC is used in concrete slabs where I'm from.

    Papercrete sounds like a cool idea :) I would ask if you know what the density of the material is, but I'm guessing the answer wouldn't be metric, and I would be lost. I found a site saying it's roughly 25lbs/CF, but it's far to late right now for me to break out the calculator and start converting :) I will consider looking into it more if I get started on a similar project another time though. Thank you for the suggestion.

    Put the following into Google and hit Enter 25 pounds per cubic foot in kg per cubic meter If you want it in grams per ml you can do that.

    That is an amazing guitar. Is it a Mexican Standard Strat or an American Standard? (assuming it is not a squier)

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    It is a shamefully cheap knock-off. My first electric I got while I was studying :)

    All of my guitars are cheap.

    Looks great - would love to know how you did it :-)

    very clever and original idea :D looks beautiful