Guitar Amp Tilt Stand - "African Chair" Design - Simple, Small, Strong, Easy, Free or Real Cheap




Introduction: Guitar Amp Tilt Stand - "African Chair" Design - Simple, Small, Strong, Easy, Free or Real Cheap

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Guitar Amp Tilt Stand - Too Easy - simple, small, strong, free or real cheap. For all size amps, even large cabinets with separate head. Just make boards and pipes the size and you need for nearly any equipment you want.

Step 1: Based on the "African Chair", Also Known As a "Farmer's Chair"

Based on the "African Chair", also known as a "Farmer's Chair"

Step 2: This Is All You Need (but Not the Coke Can).

I used scrap 1/2" plywood (I originally said it was 3/8", but after careful measuring with a real ruler and everything, I found it was in fact 1/2") and some scrap steel pipe. Any diameter pipe will do. Drill holes in the wood the same diameter as the pipe. Holes should be big enough for pipe to slide in freely, but not too loose, or some stability will lost. The size of the wood and length of the pipe can vary depending on your needs. This size will easily hold 50 watt combo amps.

Step 3: Wood Boring Bit

A drill with the right size wood boring bit helps a lot.

Step 4: Can Also Be Made Like This

This is actually the first set I made, more true to the African Chair design, with wooden slats instead of steel pipe. Cut the slots by starting with a small drill hole, and then use a coping saw.

Step 5: Same End Result - Great Amp Stand.

Same end result - great amp stand. Is there an echo in here?

Step 6: Ta Daaaa!

Quick and easy assembly. Tilt angle can be changed by sliding the pipe in or out.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I received absolutely nothing from the Coca-Cola company for product placement ads.)

Step 7: For Larger Cabinets With Separate Heads...

I tried this one with an open back cabinet, and it was solid. Don't tip it too far back though. And the pieces fit easily inside the cabinet for transport.
For larger cabinets, simply make the boards longer. Maybe use 3/4" plywood for extra strength,
and drill the holes a little higher to make a longer base.
Make them wider and longer, and place them in the right spot to support a 4x12 cab with
head too.
Make them big enought and I guess you could put a house on it.

Step 8: Bonus

Make the boards extend out longer than the amp, with tabs on the top...

Step 9: Add a Shelf for Your Stuff!

...cut holes in a piece of board, place it on top, and you have a stable, useful shelf. I put some "anti-rattle foam" between the shelf and amp, and the posts. DIRT SIMPLE; REAL EASY; REAL CHEAP; REAL STABLE; ENJOY AND LET ME KNOW IF THIS WORKS FOR YOU. GOD BLESS.

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Okay guys and gals! I'm the originator of these instructables, and I have simplified them even more, and you're gonna love it!!!

    This will work for 2x12 cabs, Marshall 4x12 cabs, 6x15 cabs, WHATEVER!!!

    No need for the wood slats because amp and speaker cabinets are made of good strong wood already, so why add more???

    All you need is a good steel bar and a willingness to drill a hole in the back of your cabinet.

    See the new instructable at:

    DSCN3415 - Copy.JPGDSCN3431.JPG

    4 years ago

    I am definitely going to do this with some spare 3/4" plywood I have left over from a workbench project. Wider base for a 100w combo, though. Thanks.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow. I was priceing an ampstand for 70 bucks I have a band and all amps get one from the scrap in my garage good post,


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, that's kinda the idea.  Check out my new instrucable for large rigs.