Originally Posted by Vegetta
The rolled up towel or whatever is definitely a classic.
I've seen some cork sniffery options too. Like beams of wood or whatever. For $60 though it's like, fuck I would rather just make my own heavy duty shit then get one wimpy beam of wood for under the nut portion of the neck. What's always pissed me off, for as long as I've been playing guitar, is that if you are doing something like fret polishing or fret leveling or fretboard oiling, with a lot of back and forth movement, the headstock is just like, sloppily waving around. You don't have enough hands to hold everything steady. So I was like, "Shit, it's time to finally do something about it. I only have to build one of these once and I'm good."
Finished all the hard parts tonight. Hopefully this sort of demonstrates how it works for the guys wondering about the height adjustment. The body platform has four posts, one at each corner, and there are four bolts/nuts/whatever (experimenting with hardware right now, so as you can see they don't match).
I was bummed that I had to use a nice piece of wood to raise the neck yokes, but I wanted solid hard wood reinforcement there. I don't know if I'll paint that red, the colors are going to be red and brown and gold, so maybe a brown trans on the neck support beam and I'll chamfer the edges of the red panel to natural and do those in the same "Early American" trans brown min-wax shit.
The height adjustable setting is kind of a pain, but anything more user friendly wouldn't have been as secure as good old fashioned heavy duty bolts in my book. There are also two holes in the bass layer for bolting it to a base/workbench. There's enough metal on the bottom that it's pretty stable when freestanding, but better safe than sorry. It would be sloppy to not have that option for extra security.
Still a shitload of stuff to do, sourcing the optimal hardware, doing more finish work, painting. cleaning up, lining the top of the body platform and the inside of the yolks with some sort of cloth, etc. etc. But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I got kind of lucky in that I was able to more or less wing the design and it ended up working out.
It's definitely going to be heavy duty enough to be usable for lots of shit. I've seen the other options, and they just seem kind of wimpy. I wanted something that is just like, "Whenever you hate to work on your guitar, put it in here, instead of finding a table or sofa or whatever".