Guitar Display


In the fall of 2010 I made a strategic mistake. I was living in France and chatting on the phone with my mother (living up to my last name). I idly mentioned I was thinking about taking up the guitar; something many men in their twenties toy with, a last hurrah before they realize they are not going to be a rock star and they are not going to have groupies. I didn't think anything of it until two weeks later when I realized I had given my mother a Christmas idea.

(The product of my labors)

So I called her up and told her that under no circumstances did I want a guitar for Christmas. She was kind of icy about it and I knew I was probably getting a guitar for Christmas. I got a guitar for Christmas.

I set myself up for it and it was a neat gift idea. And if I lived a car ride away that would be great, but it took me three or four airplanes and twenty hours to get between Grand Junction, Colorado and Thoiry, France. I did not want to carry a guitar. Between Christmas Day and my departure I had to find a guitar case, preferably a hard one to survive going in the plane's hold (it did not occur to me to do carry on). Hard guitar cases are kind of pricey. Finally, I found a suitable case in a Wal-Mart at one in the morning the night before my flight. Suitable meaning cheap and hard. So I carried a guitar in a rifle case across an ocean and through two European countries. I brought that thing on a French bus and nobody batted an eye. I was kind of disappointed.

I haven't really touched the guitar since then.

In early January, I decided that if I didn't have it in a rifle case in a corner, but out in the open staring at me, I might be more more likely to pick it up. So I built a stand for it. This was also an excuse for me to have a project. It was also an excuse to buy a circular saw (it was on sale!).

At first I planned to use this piece of empty wall in my living room, running between the door bell speaker and the thermostat. I'd put a shelf there and display the guitar horizontally:

Then I noticed the stairwell pillar:

The more I looked at it, the more I liked that spot. It would, symbolically, be underneath a speaker. The vertical display is more traditional and it would also better follow and emphasize the phallic shape of the guitar.

But I also worried the guitar would be in the way if I needed to move furniture in and out of the front door. So I decided to use French cleats again for easy removal. Thus the need for a circular saw. Now I can remove the stand from the wall just by sliding it off the cleats (it's also designed to keep from sliding sideways). The lower, outer supports are screwed to studs and the center support is held by dry wall anchors.

The rest and the shelf both have felt coverings held on by half-moon molding and screws. The posts that keep the guitar from falling sideways are barn pegs. To install those required a paddle bit, which was kind of fun to use. Here are a couple of pics:


Of course, it would help if I wasn't such a craptastic carpenter. It is really hard to cut a straight line in a 1x4 with a circular saw. Nothing is straight in that except the mill cut planks. And, oh, god, all that sanding...

After I finished I bought lumber to make three stools. This took me about a month, so I'm sure those will be done by the fall.

Here's a color version of the first photo:

I should have mounted it lower too. Measure twice and all that.

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