Introduction: Cheap Mic Stand

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This is an instructable to make a TWO cheap mic stands. It was inspired on the "Build an Adjustable Rock Band Microphone Stand" instructable, but with a twist, in the hope make it look pro and easier to adjust.

By the way, this is my first instructables, so all the feedback is welcome. And sorry if my english isint great, but it isint my native language.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

+ Materials:
                   - 3m EMT 1/2" pipe
                   - 3m EMT 3/4" pipe
                   - 6 EMT 1/2" connectors
                   - 2 EMT 3/4" connectors
                   - 1 EMT 1/2" coupling
                   - 6 5/8" rubber chair feet
                   - 2 PVC T (two sides of 1" and side of 1/2")
                   - Black Spray Paint
                   - Plastic Filler
                   - Sand Paper

+ Tools:
                   - Hacksaw
                   - Mesuring Tape
                   - Round File
                   - Bench Vise (Not esencial, but helps)
                   - Conventional Oven (Also nos esencail, but gives a better fit)

Step 2: Cutting the Pipes

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You will need to cut the 1/2" pipe in:
- 6 pieces of 20 cm long
- 2 pieces of 90 cm long (my pipe was longer, so I cut the remaining piece in half)

Also you will need to cut the 3/4" pipe in:
- 2 pieces of 95 cm long

You could change the length of the two longer pieces to fill your needs but try to make the 3/4" piece longer.

Step 3: Cutting Some Other Pieces

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You will also need to cut the upper half of the PVC T, try to cut above the mid section, in the next step you will see why.

Also you will need to cut the coupling in half, and remove the little wall that avoids the pipes from passing the mid part with the file. So that both half coupling can slide in the 1/2" pipes.

Step 4: Shaping the PVC T

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For a better fit, I put the PVC T inside the oven in a low temperature until it softem. Take it out and with the hands wrap it around your mic. If it gets too hot for you to handle, hold it under the running water.

Step 5: Joining Pieces

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The next thing to do is use the pastic filler to:

- Join the halfs coupling on top of the 3/4" pipes.
- Join the PVC Ts to the top of the 1/2" long pipes (give it an angle)
- Join the 3/4" connector to 3 of the 1/2" connectors to form a triangle

Step 6: Rubber Legs, and Join All Together

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Put the rubber legs in the short 1/2" pieces. And join all the parts together as show in the pics.

Step 7: Paint It, and Final Touches

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Finally, use the sand paper to give a smooth surface to the plastic filler parts and to remove the rust of the pipes. Paint it as you will, but dont paint the long 1/2" pipe cause it is most likely to get unpaint with the constant use.

If you like, you could weld half of a washer to the coupling screw to make it easier to ajust the height, or you could use the pastic filler.

And you are FINISH.
Thanks for your attention, and I hope you enjoy this instructable.

Comments

Ian32 (author)2012-01-17

A possible alternative to save work on the mic clip is to get what's called a PVC saddle tee (among other names). It's basically a tee designed to clip onto other pipe, shaped very much like the end result you show here.

I don't know that it's cheaper, but it's certainly easier.

fado1986 (author)Ian322012-01-18

Its good to know that there are other alternatives to the things I used. I have never heard of this PVC saddle tee, but if it is easier to use...
Thanks for your comment.

Ian32 (author)fado19862012-01-18

I didn't know about them either until I searched all over the internet for something like them for a project I was working on. Here's a link as an example.

http://bit.ly/AaVbL0

ferchito881217 (author)2011-04-22

Lol, looks easy and professional !!, i wanna make one of those stands...

fado1986 (author)ferchito8812172011-05-05

Thanks, I really apreciated.

Truehart (author)2011-05-04

I'm about to prove my ignorance here, but when you say "plastic filler" is this similar to JB Weld? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J-B_Weld

fado1986 (author)Truehart2011-05-05

Yes it is similar. The plastic filler I used, is an epoxy kind of clay. It is very easy to use, and you can sand it later to give it shape.
Thanks for you interest in my instructables.

knife141 (author)2010-12-16

Nice job! A very innovative approach. Would have never thought of using the plastic filler to make the base.

fado1986 (author)knife1412010-12-16

The original idea was to weld it together using a MIG, but the connectors are made from an non weldable material, so I had to change to the plastic filler (or plastic welding). And thanks for the comment.

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