Myrtlewood Uke, Bass and Acoustic Guitar Stand

Myrtlewood Bass and Acoustic Guitar Stands

After making a few Uke stands I thought it was time to make something a bit larger. I have a good friend Jess who plays the Bass guitar and he said he would sure like a stand for it. I had him bring his guitar over to my shop and we started drawing a pattern out on a piece of paper.  It’s made from a Myrtlewood Burl I just had sliced up and has some really cool grain in it. This is what we came up with and we both were quite happy with the outcome.  Now I need to modify the pattern so I can make one for a acoustic guitar.

Update! I did make a new pattern for a acoustic guitar and made one out of Myrtlewood for a good friend. I added a few photos of it at the bottom.

Bass Guitar Stand

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Acoustic Guitar Stands

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Portable Bed Rail for Joey

I have a friend named Donna who has a grandson that is disabled and asked me if I would build them a portable bed rail that would fit around a twin bed.  She gave me the height it needed to be plus it needed to be light weight and fit in their van.  Not having a twin bed I called a bed store to find out the size of a mattress.

After looking around for wood I decided to build it out of Alder and Alder plywood. I thought I should build it a couple inches over size to allow room for bedding. What I didn’t know at the time there was a pad they used to go around the inside of the bed to protect him.

After I finished the frame and tried it out for size I delivered it to them and we put it on the bed. Then she said Oh I forgot the pad! It was great to see that the extra gap I had given it was perfect for the pad to slide down around the bed. I’m quite sure it was a God thing on the size design.  You know He does things like that.

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Kathy’s Tortilla Press

My daughter-in-law Kathy asked me if I could build her a tortilla press due to the aluminum one she had broken the handle off. I wasn’t sure how to build one so I did a picture search online to get some ideas and this is what I came up with. I wanted to build her something special so why not make one out of Myrtlewood. I’m sure there are not too many of them around if any.
The press blocks are 2” thick and 10” wide. I decided not to glue it together due to if something ever did break it could be taken apart to repair. I used screws to attach all the parts and recessed some of them then plugged the screw hole with walnut plugs. Guess there is some glue because the plugs are glued in and would have to be drilled out to get to the screws.
On the handle I put two screws from top to bottom one in front and behind the ½” pivot hole to reinforce the wood while applying the pressure down with the handle. I also screw a piece of aluminum under the handle to keep it from wearing a grove in it. The bottom piece of wood can be easily replaced when worn. I used door hinges on it for extra strength. For the finish I user butcher block oil and gave it three coats.

Wow that was quick! Kathy knew I was coming to deliver it and was waiting for me with a batch of dough. The press worked good and the tortillas were even better.

Kathy is one Great cook!

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Made from all Myrtlewood

Made from all Myrtlewood













I think Kathy liked it.

I think Kathy liked it.

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Myrtlewood Table Top Music/Book Stands

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I belong to a Uke group and we get together every week to play our Ukuleles. I saw a lot of the folks use a table top music stand while setting at the tables to play. I decided to build … Continue reading

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Ukulele/Guitar Stands

I designed a wooden stand for my Uke. I made it out of Black Walnut and glued black leather on the edge to protect the Uke. After some of my Uke friends saw it they wanted me to build them one too. I also have a friend who sells Ukuleles and wanted to use my stands for displaying his Ukes and selling them.

I have now made many Uke stands and out of a lot of different kinds of hardwoods. I have also made a couple custom guitar stands for a couple friends. Here are several photos of my stands and some of the process of making them.


My original cardboard pattern


My first Uke stand.



On the right is a Bass guitar stand I made for a friend out of Myrtlewood.



This is an acoustic guitar stand I made for another friend also made of Myrtlewood.



Cutting leather strips to glue on the edges to protect the instrument.



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Barn wood Cabinet with Glass Doors

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I just finished building this cabinet out of 100 year old barn wood. I ran most of the boards through my planer to get them to a dimensional thickness and a smooth finish for the inside. I used ¾” plywood … Continue reading

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Myrtlewood Kitchen Knife Block

I just finished making this Kitchen Knife Block out of Myrtlewood for my wife Karen. It’s surprising how much wood goes into an item like this. I used a 3/4″x 11″x 6 1/2′ long board. It’s finished with three coats of polyurethane and then I wiped it down while still tacky which filled all the grain and left a dull finish.IMG_4167






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