Step 1: Tools & Materials
1. 3 1/2' to 4' length of 1x2
2. wood glue
4. hand saw
5. pencil for marking
6. sand paper block
Step 2: Designing the Shape
This stand consists of 4 pieces of wood. Both of the legs are made of two pieces of wood glued together on an angle. The legs are connected by a union piece that has two angled cuts which gives the stand it's teepee shape.
The first thing you want to is grab your 1x2 and your pencil and work out a design that's about 8" long. I chose a lot of curves because I think they look good next to the guitar. You're really only limited by your imagination and abilities in terms of designing the shape. Once you have designed your first piece you can work on the second piece which will be about 6" long.
Make sure you leave a section on the first and second piece that is flat. You will be connecting the two pieces on the flat spot.
Step 3: Rough Cuts
Now that we know what it's going to look like we can take steps to start creating the rough shape.
I chose to use a hand saw for lack of a more efficient tool. Make sure you use clamps to secure the wood before cutting. This makes the job much more manageable.
Step 4: Sand, Connect, Sand
After the wood is roughed out it's time to bust out the trusty old Dremel tool with the sanding drum attachment. Use the Dremel to smooth the uneven areas. Then go back over it by hand with a sanding block making sure to get it from all angles. Once you've achieved a reasonable amount of smoothness in the shape you can trace the shapes onto another piece of wood and repeat the steps up to this point. Now that we have four pieces of wood (2 top legs and 2 bottom legs) we can glue the pieces together making two separate legs out of the for peices. When the peices are connected it is a good idea to clamp them together and go over them a couple of times more with the sand paper to make sure the shapes are consistent.
Step 5: Union
Now that the hard part is over it's time to make the union piece. Make it about 7" long with angled cuts. To determine the angle I just measured a half inch from both top edges and connected the lines. After some more sanding to "soften up" the edges glue all three pieces together.
Step 6: Ta-Da!
There you have it. You are now the proud owner of a custom made guitar stand. I chose to keep mine the natural tone but you can slap any color of wood stain on there you like. I would strongly recommend a few coats of polyurethane to protect it from bumps and scratches.
I hope yours turns out as nice as mine.