Introduction: Guitar Stand Deux

First and fore most I want to acknowledge Cgapay and his instructable on how to build a Guitar Stand.  I also want to tip my hat to Take A Stand inc. for my original inspiration. Cgapay answered many of the proportion issues I was grappling with and for this I am eternally grateful.

I chose to go down a slightly different design path on my project.  I hearken to the fine furniture builders of the past and eschew the use of mechanical fasteners in favor of tight fitting joints and glue. I was told once that fine furniture does not have nails or screws in it. Where I need to make a more mechanical connection I will use wooden pins.

Of course it must go without saying that power tools with sharp cutting edges will be used and all appropriate safety measures must be in place.

Bill of materials: 1 pine board, 46"X16" X 3/4"
                                dowels, 1@ 3/4" X 4" 
                                               2@ 3/8" X 2"
                                               1 @ 1/8" X 2"
                                  Glue, PVA
That's about it.

As with many new things I try I tend to make a prototype from cheaper soft woods to get the feel of how it will work, this is no different.  If all works out to my satisfaction I will move on to a wood like maple or oak. Also, I'll fore go the staining and varnishing steps in this Instructable since it is only a prototype.

Thank you for looking and if you have any questions or need more clarification just leave a comment.

Step 1: The Tools

This is what I chose to use for this project, what is not shown are the different sand papers I used, 80, 100 and 150 grits. About one sheet of each.

Step 2: The Upright Lay Out.

Following what Cgapay used for proportion measurements I went to one of my more commonly sized guitars and developed the following dimensions.  The widest part of the guitar is 4 3/4".  I wanted to instrument to hang so I measured from where the head and neck met and added several inches.  The final number I came up with was 39". By looking at pictures of commercially available stands similar to this one I figured the bottom of the upright should be 4 1/2" and the very top should be 1 1/2".  The entire layout will fit in a rectangle measuring 9 1/2" X 39".

The curved form was also a combination of what Cgapay did and what Take A Stand does. Remember drawing a curve is like drawing a living thing, I free handed mine but if you wanted repeat-ability then I recommend making a full size grid and use drawing battens. Then use that as a pattern.

Step 3: Cutting and Shaping the Upright.

Using a solid work surface and a new blade cut the shape out with the jig saw. On the drill press, using the sanding drum knock down the worst of the bumps. Move to the bench and using a spoke shave clean up any smaller bumps and dips. A good eye will give you a pleasing shape.  A rule of thumb from my boat building days "A fair line supersedes any given measurement."   

Step 4: Developing the Base Shape and Making the Joint to the Upright.

I'm a bit all over the place in this step, but it is true to the order I did things.  The base shape was developed as I went along until it started to look the way I wanted it to. The width at the widest point is 13" and it is 16" long.

Step 5: Developing the Neck Holder.

I have seen this type of neck holder design before but done in metal.  Since I was only going to use materials I had on hand I developed a similar one using wooden dowels.

Step 6: Test Fit

Before I go much further I need to test fit my stand.  I don't want to spend too much more time on it if it doesn't work.  In these images I   haven't glued the base in place.  The fit is good enough that I might not and that would make it more portable, just an option. As you can see everything seems to work just fine.  I did try one of my electrics in it but I am leery about the added weight.  I think I'll just stick to the lighter acoustics and save the hardwood one for the electrics. 


-Bryce- made it! (author)2017-05-19

I messed it up. I guess I'm not that good at measuring, haha. I wanted my base angle at 40 degrees & I had to cut 2" from the upright so it would not to be tilted forward. What would be the correct way to measuring the cut-out slots so you have an upright bottom that lays flat?
Thank you for the guide!

friger made it! (author)friger2017-05-20

Awesome job!

-Bryce- made it! (author)-Bryce-2017-05-21

Thanks, just got it stained & not sure if I should clear poly it (Would probably have to poly it assembled since my tolerances are very tight, also I've never applied poly before & worried I might ruin it)

The Crafts Man made it! (author)2016-10-17

Nice Job on the stand. Can someone tell me how high the base is positioned on the upright and what angle worked best for them. Thanks

tolartas made it! (author)2016-09-02

Hi there, nice job on the stand. You said 1 pine board 46"X16" X 3/4" , can you explain what 46"X16" X 3/4" means? Its the dimension but, is it 46inchesX16inches? so thats 115cmX40cm? Oh and 3/4. Sorry, but i have to be 100% sure

MarcusG3 made it! (author)2016-01-24

Stained, and the Guitar i made it for hangs nice. Again Great project...

MarcusG3 made it! (author)2016-01-24

Great design. Since the photo's i have added a couple of feet to the front two feet at the front, just to rake it back a bit more. This is for one of my Acoustics, but it hold's my LP nicely too. Not sure whether to stain it, varnish it or just leave it plane?

master-nevi made it! (author)2015-12-25

Great design and awesome step-by-step instructions. I made 2 modifications to mine. I strengthened the way the stand holds the guitar neck by drilling holes all the way through the large 3/4" dowel and sanded the 3/8" dowels to blend in with the large dowel shape. Similarly, I drilled a hole all the way through for the smallest 1/8" dowel. This way I didn't need a drill press to measure exactly how deep to make the holes. See photos.

Drill bits as large as 3/4" tend to be pretty expensive; a cheaper alternative would be to use spade bits. See photos.

friger made it! (author)friger2015-12-31

Well done!

pixelguy made it! (author)2012-03-20

I see that the design you emulated/copied from is a patented design. It seems rather inappropriate (and likely illegal) to attempt to sell something that is not your design & property. Just an FYI. Nice job, though.

sulley77 made it! (author)sulley772015-01-12

what a tool. did he say he was selling them? he just made one. good job on the stand mate.

emilyshore made it! (author)2013-07-25


cgapay made it! (author)2013-02-09

Great job on this! Glad I could help you figure it out. You do some great work!

Solid Snake made it! (author)2012-08-05

Ive spent the last 1 afternoons building this. I finished the arm day one and the base day 2. Last to do is to glue the pieces together and stain it. As I was doing a test to see if the base fit the arm properly, i realized that I put the base up about an inch and a half too high. Tomorrow Im going to have to cut down the arm; should be an easy fix.

Solid Snake made it! (author)2012-08-05

Ive spent the last 1 afternoons building this. I finished the arm day one and the base day 2. Last to do is to glue the pieces together and stain it. As I was doing a test to see if the base fit the arm properly, i realized that I put the base up about an inch and a half too high. Tomorrow Im going to have to cut down the arm; should be an easy fix.

rimar2000 made it! (author)2012-01-31

B eautiful!

Maybe you can varnish it, for better preserving.

friger made it! (author)friger2012-02-01

Thank you, I would but in all honesty I will likely dismantle this one and use it as a template for building a few in hard wood.


That sounds wonderful! If you make a hardwood model, try using some ebony stain and white lacquer for highlights!!

BigBadgers2001 made it! (author)2012-01-31

A truly lovely design and you have obviously put a lot of thought into this project. Very nice. My advice is to make lots and sell them to guitar stores.

friger made it! (author)friger2012-02-01

Thank you, all I need to do is set a reasonable whole sale price. A dealer needs 100% mark up and I need to cover my costs and make a profit.

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