I wasn't really in the mood to start my next home renovation project, and I was tired of having a few single-guitar stands in the way all the time, so, I decided to make a multi-guitar stand. It's pretty easy to make in a few hours and the only power tool I used was a drill. A saw, chisel some clamps were the only other tools used. Using a router would probably cut the build time in half, but I didn't feel like dealing with the sawdust and wanted to practice my sawing technique.
First, I drew/modeled the stand to see what was involved:
Here's the sketchup model if you're curious.
On my next trip to Home Depot, I priced out materials to see if it was worth building. (2) 2"x3" x 8'-0" studs, (3) 3/4" diameter x 3'-0" oak dowels and (2) 1/2" x 8'-0" self-sealing pipe insulation totaled up to about $25. Considering a new 5-guitar stand costs about $70, building it myself seemed like a good deal. Thus, materials acquired:
Pieces are cut to length and holes drilled:
The pieces are dry fit the cut lines are marked for the half-lap joints.
The half-lap joints are sawn. The outtermost cuts are most important because they define the fit of the joint. The interior cuts are only for making material removal easier.
Using a chisel to remove the waste. With a sharp chisel, only hand pressure is required to remove the material.
Another test fit before gluing up...
Glued up and painted (black of course).
The pipe insulation is installed.
I had some left over pipe insulation, so I decided to use it as feet for the stand. Cutting the piece in half...
...and using some double-stick tape, the halves are attached to the bottom.
Now the guitars are collected in one place.
...now I guess it's time to start the next home renovation project...
That's pretty awesome, but how do you keep the guitars from falling and hitting each other?