A Fender Stratocaster Shaped Table




This is an easy step by step tutorial for how to make a guitar headstock-shaped table.

What you will need:

1 metre x 1 metre (40 x 40 inch) chipboard(particle board in UK, paper board US)
Reference photo
Wood Glue

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Step 1: Rough Outline

As you can see in the picture, a rough guidline has bee drawn in.

Now as I'm sure you all noticed, my table is not at all the same proportions as the fender guitar head (Second image)

If you want it to look perfect I suggest you spend alot of time on this stage, it could very well determine whether your table will work or not.

Step 2: Making the Larger Cuts

This is the part where you take your freshly laid out template and use the jigsaw to carve out the table following just outside the line.

Step 3: Sanding and Leg Making

I took quite a bit of time sanding the edges of the table. Chipboard has quite the tendancy to splinter and snag on anything from clothing to skin. It is also important to sand the surface down so that when you paint and varnish, you get a nice smooth finish.

The Legs I made from scraps of the left overboard, drilling and attaching to various pieces of off-cuts. I first measured the sizes and cut them with the jigsaw as well.

Step 4: Glueing and Painting

I marked out the location of the legs in a triangular shape, so as to keep maximum sturdyness.

After that I glued the legs on and left if overnight. The next day I finished off construction by drilling and screwed the legs in, with the screws being on the top of the table.

From there it's smooth sailing. The table was coated twice in a grey primer, followed by marking out the guitar strings and tuners (the round circles) with masking tape. A matt black spray paint was chosen to keep the simple and sophisticated look of the table.

Last but not least the top surface was coated with a matt varnish to seal everything in.

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    13 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, that's really cool!

    Watch out though for lawyers, though-- Fender has trademarked the shape of the Strat peghead... (I hope I'm just kidding here, but you never know with large corporations.)

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, I'm fairly sure you're right, gmoon.  I believe it was Warmouth that was sued a number of years ago for making a neck with a headstock too similar to Fender's - before they actually bought the rights, of course.  Its the same as trademarking the body shape - Gibson and Ibanez have had fun with that one.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah well i'm not trying to sell it off as a copy so i dont think there is much harm i'm doing here right?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, and I do dig the table.

    I doubt you'll have a problem (you just never know about lawyers these days...)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you :).

    I just wish I documented it better, especially the last couple of steps.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Your welcome.

    YEah, I often think the same thing too after I finish an instructable...fortuanetly you can edit them after their published.