No-glue, no-cut, wooden guitar stand

Telecaster on homemade standTonight’s project was a guitar stand. The nearest store that sells stands is a good 20 min drive, each way. The hardware store is about 5 minutes away. I picked up a piece of 2″x2″x8′ pine for $1.50, a set of four miniature brass hinges for $2.50, some brass angle brackets for $2.00 and a set of four ‘antique finish’ chair braces for $2.50. So about $10 after taxes and cost of gas to drive there. The hardware store cut the 2x2x8 in to four 20″ sections, with a remaining 16″ section (to be used as the cross brace). In retrospect the cross brace should have been cut to 10 or 12″, but that can always be sawn off later.

Author’s Edit: Three years later, I finally junked this thing. I ended up buying about five of these guitar stands, which not only are cheaper, but better constructed and take up less space when folded. They’re only about $7 a piece and come with free shipping if you roll them in with the purchase of a CD or some guitar picks.

I connected two pieces together on the ends with a hinge to create the V shaped base, and attached two uprights to the base with the angle brackets (two per), and attached the uprights to the 16″ cross piece with two more miniature brass hinges. This is the secret to not having to cut anything. It also saves the trouble of having to custom fit anything, due to the weird angle.

top view of homemade guitar stand

Finally I added the chair braces to the V base to keep the guitar from sliding/falling forward and off the stand, and another two at the cross brace to keep the neck from falling to either side. I then cut the felt pads with adhesive backing to size and wrapped the metal chair braces with felt. I’ll probably go back and move the chair braces closer together so the neck can’t slide back and forth as much. Some of the screws were rather large in diamater, and in lieu of having a drill to create small holes, I ended up just pounding nails in to the wood where I was going to screw something in, and then removed the nail. More or less the same effect, and I didn’t split the wood, which was the main purpose of the nailing exercise.

Homeade guitar stand

It gets the job done. It’s not much to look at, but a coat of wood stain and varnish,  the ends chopped off the cross brace, and it’ll look a lot smarter. It’s not particularly sturdy, but it’s strong enough to hold the guitar safely. But it went together without any glue, clamping, or having to buy a saw, so I count it as a victory.

Telecaster on homemade stand

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6 Responses to No-glue, no-cut, wooden guitar stand

  1. tthh says:

    do you have blueprints?

  2. admin says:

    No, I just eyeballed it. The bottom pieces are about 20″, the vertical pieces are about 20″ and the top piece, I think, is litterally the remainder of an 8′ piece of 2×2… about 18″. There’s a single jewlery box sized hinge at each intersection, and all but the back V(base) there is reinforced with a piece of 90 degree mending plate. It’s only important you measure the vertical part – you don’t want your horizontal cross piece bumping into the top of the body of the guitar.

  3. John says:

    Man that has to be the biggest piece of shit i have seen in a long time. You have pieces of wood sticking out everywhere that have no purpose what so ever. You have a beautiful guitar sitting on something that resembles a broken freight pallet. I know you are not a carpenter, but holy shit a 12 year old on a school project could have done better. Ok you only spent $10 but it looks like shit, as you said yourself its not that sturdy. And just one more question why the fuck would you even buy a piece of wood if you don’t have a saw, a drill bit or even a tube of wood glue. In my opinion you wasted $10 on a piece of shit that should be hidden in your basement not displayed on the internet. If you want to see a homemade guitar stand you can build for $10 of lumber a jigsaw and four screws. e-mail me foxyinboston@gmail.com

  4. wertygertyman says:

    Hey John, your comments are uncalled for. Perhaps you are so way better than us at making things that you shouldn’t even be commenting on this page. I think that at his skill level that the design is fairly sound and it works. I agree that the crossbeam is too wide and I would tie in a piece of wood going from the chair bracket center on the backside to the place where the two bottom legs come together to give forward backward stability. Nice job for using your brain and using what you had to work with!!!

  5. bif says:

    While John was unnecessarily harsh, and should be reprimanded by being beaten with the guitar stand, the stand still is quite unflattering. and saying that that’s all you can do at your skill level is like saying, well, i just started driving, and i hit only two cars this time going to the grocery store.

  6. Dan says:

    Good to have the initiative and do things yourself, although for just about the same price you can purchase a real guitar stand on the Internet. I just got one for about $13 including shipping. It’s fairly sturdy, adjustable, and has a locking strap for the neck.

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