DIY Wooden Music Stands

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DIY Wooden Music Stands
Make a wooden music stand so you can customise it. (music book. manuscript. music score image by L. Shat from

Building your own wooden music stand will give you a sense of accomplishment every time you use it. Music stands hold written music for display, allowing a musician to sit or stand and follow the music while playing. Wooden music stands can be heavy, but if they are constructed correctly, they are much more durable than thinner metal stands. Embellishing a homemade wooden stand with paint or stain helps customise it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 2-by-4 board 8 feet long
  • Mitre saw
  • 4-by-4 board 8 feet long
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • One sheet of plywood
  • Circular saw
  • 1-by-2 board 36 inches long

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  1. 1

    Stretch the measuring tape to the length of the 2-by-4. Make a mark every eight inches with a pencil. Use the mitre saw to cut four 8-inch pieces off of the 2-by-4 to form the legs of the music stand.

  2. 2

    Measure four feet on the 4-by-4 and mark it with the pencil. Use the mitre saw to cut a 4-foot piece off the board. Cut a 45-degree angle on one end of the 4-by-4.

  3. 3

    Place an 8-inch 2-by-4 on one side of the straight end of the 4-by-4. The 2-by-4 will be perpendicular to the other board, lying horizontal when the 4-by-4 is standing on end.

  4. 4

    Drive four screws into the 2-by-4, securing it to the 4-by-4. The short edge of the 2-by-4 will be flush with one corner of the 4-by-4, while the long edge will be flush with the bottom edge and the rest of the 2-by-4 hanging off. Repeat this step for the other three 8-inch pieces of 2-by-4 and the other three sides of the 4-by-4. When finished, one short edge from each 2-by-4 will touch the back side of an adjacent 2-by-4. The screws should be fastened two inches apart in a square shape.

  5. 5

    Measure a 20-inch by 14-inch rectangle on the plywood and mark it with the pencil. Use the circular saw to cut the rectangle from the plywood. Stand up the 4-by-4, using the 2-by-4 legs to keep it upright. Drill a hole in the shelving in the lower centre of the board, and place the shelving board on the angled end of the stand.

  6. 6

    Push a screw through the hole in the board and line it up with the centre of the angled end of the 4-by-4. Secure the board to the stand by driving this screw until it's tight. Drive four more screws into the board, two inches apart from each other around the centre screw.

  7. 7

    Use the mitre saw to cut a 12-inch peice of 1-by-2 from the 36-inch peice. Use the screwdriver and wood screws to secure the 1-by-2 to the plywood rectangle. Drive a screw an inch from each edge, and drive one more screw in the centre, roughly five inches from the screws by the edge.

Tips and warnings

  • Sand the wooden stand and paint it or stain it for a finished look.
  • Make measurement marks with a pencil in case you need to erase them.
  • Add a handle to the stand if it becomes heavy when you're moving it.
  • Always wear safety glasses when operating machinery or power tools.

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