For my husband’s birthday I made him with a curvaceous DIY Folding Guitar Stand! He’s been playing guitar for a few years now and frequently leaves his guitar sitting out in the middle of the living room. I’m always worried the kids or dog will knock it over ;-(. Recently I saw The Crafted Workshop’s portable guitar stand and thought I could easily adapt the design into a curvy stand for my husband’s guitar. The stand was a fun challenge as I worked out the curves and How to Make a Folding Guitar Stand that would fold flat for travel. In my ever constant mission to use up scrap wood, I grabbed an old ironing board that was rescued on trash day in our neighborhood. It had a stained cover, but had beautiful aged wood beneath.
Don’t worry if you don’t have an old ironing board lying around, you can use store bought pine lumber instead. Let’s get busy making, shall we?
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- 2 – 1″ x 10″ x 36″ boards
- 1 – 3/4″ dowel rod cut to 6 inches
- 1 – 1″ x 1/4″ x 12″ piece of wood for the latch
- 3/4″ drill bit
- Drill or drill press
- 1/16″ drill bit
- 1/8″ drill bit
- 2 – 1″ wood screws
- 1/2″ Felt strip tape
- Jigsaw (or bandsaw)
- Tape measure
- Sandpaper (150 grit and 220 grit)
- Philips bit or screwdriver
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
Preparing the Lumber:
If you have scraps lying around, go ahead and join them together to get the appropriate width for this project (9 1/2″).
I was able to make the entire stand out of the ironing board lumber. After cutting your lumber, run one side of each board through a table saw to get a straight line.
Next, glue up the two boards and secure using pocket hole screws. (Unclear how to use pocket holes and a Kreg Jig? Check out my instructions for using a Kreg Jig.)
Now that you have your board, let’s build this DIY Folding Guitar Stand.
Download and print out this template (or draw your own based on your guitar.) Cut out the template and trace the two pieces onto your 1″ x 10″ boards.
Use a bandsaw or jigsaw to cut along the outline.
Cut the second side. Sandwich the two sides together and sand any spots that vary. Then separately sand each side to round over any sharp edges.
Use a drill and the 3/4″ spade bit to drill a hole through the top of the sides (3 inches down from the top edge.) Sand any splinters off.
Feed the 3/4″ dowel rod through the holes. The fit should be snug, but you should still be able to press the two sides together to fold flat.
Cut a notch into one end of the 1″ x 1/4″ x 12″ piece. The notch should be slightly narrower than the head of your wood screw.
Drill a hole into the other end of the latch board. Feed one 1″ wood screw into the hole (make sure the screw can spin freely.)
Measure up 6 inches along the back side the stand. Pre-drill a hole using the 1/16″ bit. Secure the screw at this location using a screwdriver or philips head bit.
Measure up 6 inches on the other side.Hold the last screw inside the notch and pre-drill a hole in this location using the 1/16″ drill bit. Secure the screw using a screwdriver or philips head bit.
The latch should be easily lifted to fold the stand.
Add felt strip tape to the stand where the guitar rests.
Set the guitar onto the stand and check for fit.
Check that the guitar only rests on the seat of the stand and the neck support. I had to make a few adjustments to the back of the stand where it was touching.
When you want to travel or put the stand away, it folds flat.
Then it sets back up to hold your guitar.
When unfolding the guitar stand. Adjust the sides onto the dowel rod until it lightly supports the guitar neck.
This wood guitar stand is super sleek. It’s also attractive anywhere you want to display your guitar.
Pretty Handsome Guy seems to really like his birthday present. I’ve noticed he’s been playing his guitar a lot more now that it sits out on display.
This is an easy DIY project. The only hardware is the two screws for the latch on the back. The rest is just two pieces of wood and a dowel rod and one strip of wood for the latch.
I assure you, this is a DIY project you can build!