How to Build a Wood Guitar Stand

Updated February 21, 2017

You can build a guitar stand with a small piece of plywood and a few pieces of poplar. Plywood might not be as pretty as a factory stand, but parts won’t fall off it like on some collapsible stands from the guitar shop. The beauty of this guitar stand is that you build it to fit your guitar. It will accommodate small guitars like the Les Paul or the SG Standard or bigger guitars like Strats and Telecasters. It also will fit extreme shaped solid body guitars like the Ibanez Icemen, Annihilators or the BC Rich Warlock.

Lay out your guitar on a piece of 20 inch plywood and centre it three inches up from the bottom.

Lay two pieces of eight inch poplar wood on their edges on both sides at about 30 degrees, angling out to the right and left from the bottom of the guitar, forming a cradle similar to a large “V.” Do not join the arms of the “V” at the bottom.

Move the poplar pieces around the bottom of your guitar until they fit squarely on the sides of your guitar's bottom radius, customising the fit to your guitar's shape.

Remove the guitar and draw around the pieces of poplar with a pencil. Drill four holes evenly spaced through the outlines of the poplar pieces.

Run a bead of glue inside the outlines. Lay the poplar back down into the outlines. Hold the poplar pieces there for about five minute for the glue to set.

Turn the plywood over on top the “V” shape and screw the pieces of poplar on from the back.

Trim off the outsides of the “V” shape with a jigsaw to make them flush with the poplar. Draw lines tapering to the top of the piece of plywood from the outside edges of the “V” to where your guitar neck will rest. It should look like an upside down “V” on top. The plywood should now have a diamond shape.

Lay two poplar blocks, two inches thick, flat and two inches apart, parallel with each other at the top of the diamond for your guitar neck to rest in. Draw around them, remove them, drill holes through the plywood, glue and then screw the blocks on from the back.

Cut the other piece of plywood into an “L” shape for the stand back brace. On the bottom of the “L,” cut an approximately 15 degree slope running from right to left in order to allow the stand to tilt back.

Lay the plywood on its back. Lay the back brace on the plywood on it’s edge and centre it. Screw a piano hinge to both pieces.

Cover all guitar contact points with sticky felt. Swing the back brace out to 90 degrees and place your guitar in the stand.


If you want to customise the stand, instead of cutting the diamond on top of it, start at the top of the "V" shape and trace your guitar's top radius onto the plywood, then cut that shape out. This gives a customised look to the stand.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood, 20 inches by 36 inches by 3/4 inches
  • Plywood, 8 inches by 16 inches by 3/4 inches
  • 2 Pieces Poplar lumber, 10 inches by 1 1/2 inches by 3/4 inches
  • 16 wood screws, 1 1/2 inches
  • Cordless screw gun
  • Drill bit, 3/16 inch
  • Glue
  • Jigsaw
  • 2 Pieces Poplar lumber 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches by 3/4 inches
  • Adhesive backed felt
  • Piano hinge
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About the Author

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.