I keep my guitars in their cases. I live above a lake that wears a few feet of ice in the winter, and provides the cool breeze through our window in the summer. So, while it would be nice to have the guitars out to remind me to play, I like keeping the dust off of them, and slowing their humidity changes more.
But it was time to do something nicer than stack them in the corner. It looks awful, and it's a pain to dig through for the guitar I want to play.
So I built this. It has two lower supports that cradle each guitar's body, and a top rail with adjustable dowel stops to support each neck. The guitars lean into the top rail just enough to make sure they won't fall forward, and the feet extend far enough back to keep the headstocks from touching the wall.
I went a bit wild with the joinery. No option felt quite right for every connection, so each one is different. The feet connect to the legs via a dadoed half-lap. The top rail connects to the legs with a dovetail. The front rail connects to the legs with dowel pins. And, the rear rail connects to the feet with a wedged through-tenon. It's a mishmash, it was fun.
You may notice that the color is also a mishmash. But, except for the cork lining the rails and the walnut wedges in those tenons, all the wood, including the dowels, came from two boards that were likely right next to each other in the same tree. It's all soft maple from the lumber I cut last summer.
The finish is two coats of Danish oil, lightly buffed with mineral oil and beeswax after drying. I decided to experiment with just card scraping and not sanding (except to break sharp edges) before finishing this time. I'm mostly happy with it. It's pretty smooth to the touch, and the grain really shows ... but unfortunately, so do the places were I should have taken just a little more care. All data to consider next time.
I was surprised how light and open this build feels. Lots of my recent projects have been boxes or heavy-duty furniture. This one, with just seven short-ish lengths of 1x2 feels like a wisp of nothing in comparison.
Are you interested in building your own? I haven't decided whether to write up plans for this project yet. Send me a ping if you'd like to know dimensions and angles.
Categories: Woodworking Music
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