Introduction: 3-Guitar Rack for Under £10.00
This is my first Instructable after lurking for a couple of years. I'm, going to take you through my custom-built 3-guitar rack for under £10.00 (about $20). Enjoy!
Step 1: Arrangement
Firstly, lay out how your guitars will hang. You'll be surprised how big some guitar bodies are when sitting next to their counterparts! Consider weight at this point too, distribute that as much as possible
Step 2: Check for Metal and Voltage
As always, safety first! Check your wall for any hidden cabling or metal worl, it'll save you time, hassle and potentially your life. Check twice.
Step 3: Here's All You Need...
1x length of pine - B&Q £2.50
2x tool hangers - B&Q £2.15 for a 2 pack
1x wall anchors - B&Q £2.49 for a 5 pack
My house is a new build so it's all plasterboard. If you have a brick wall or anything else then change the wall anchors to something more suitable if required.
For extra security you can affix your mount to a stud wall if you can locate it. I din't bother and it's fine, the wall anchors are great.
Step 4: Mark Out Where the Hangers Will Go
Using the neck of the guitar, pencil round where you want the hooks to go.
Step 5: Measuring
Using your newly penciled neck templates, locate the centre point and mark appropriately. Your tool hangers will be screwed in here shortly.
Step 6: More Measuring
Now you know where your guitars will go, you need to measure and mark the centre point between each guitar. You will end up with 2 holes. Make sure these are central between each guitar to help the strength of your build.
Step 7: Wall Anchor Pilots
Use your drill bit to screw into your central points between the guitars that you've marked.
The wall anchors I bought suggested a 9mm drill bit but I used an 8mm for extra purchase then widened the hole with a 10mm (around 2/3 through the existing holes) when it came to screwing in to place.
Step 8: Marking
Using a spirit level, place the wood against the wall and mark appropriately
Step 9: Review
Check twice, do once. Make sure you're happy with the positioning of your bracket. Use your checker to ensure no voltage or metal before you commit to wall anchoring.
Step 10: Anchor Time
Use the 2 holes you just drilled in your wood as a template for your wall anchors. Pencil them through the hole in your wood and into the wall. Use an 8mm drill bit to give the anchors more purchase.
Step 11: Mounting
This is where I re-drilled the holes in my wood with a 10mm bit. Just about two-thirds of the way through so that the screws would fit. Alternatively you could use different screws if you'd prefer more length but the provided ones have held brilliantly.
Step 12: Screw in the Hooks
You can screw your tool hangers into your markings now. They screw in by hand easily enough.
I used some strength to pull the hangers wider as my guitar necks are quite big. You can play about and bend as you require with your guitars. When doing this make sure the guitar will hang between the neck and headstock.
Step 13: You're Finished
Sit back, relax and strap on your axe. If you wish for further piece of mind you can apply a layer of glue to the back of your hanger and the wall, I didn't but you can