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How to Make a Homemade Wall Mount for a Guitar
I was getting complaints: "Too many guitars," "Guitars take up too much space," "No where to park the iRoomba." I had some guitars on stands and some hung on walls with cheap plastic hangers. I needed to hang two more so I made my own hangers from wood. I move a few of my infrequently played guitars to a different, secret location. In the photo from left to right: hand-built cedar/walnut Ibanez acoustic/electric, Samick acoustic (my first guitar), hand-built Douglas fir/cherry old Dorado acoustic (a gift).
Step 1: Plan the Project
I sat on the couch with a pencil, notepad and a bag of Peanut M&Ms and thought for a while. By the time the bag of candy was almost gone I had a sketch and an idea for what size of wood I needed. Then I thought “should I just buy a few more cheap plastic hangers?” Nah, that would be too easy. I thought more about it for a few days, then started. Just starting is key to getting any project completed.
Step 2: Get the Materials
I went to Menards to get a piece of 1x4x3’ mahogany, but red oak was cheaper. So I bought that. I figured with the sketch dimensions I could make 4 hangers. I made two.
Menards had a selection of various hardwoods in a few different lengths and widths.
Step 3: Cut the Pieces
I divided the board into five sections according to my sketch dimensions, two sections for the arms, two for the bases and one spare, left over wood. I marked the arm sections with a center line lengthwise and a center point for a 1 inch hole, 1 inch from the end of the arm sections.
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With a 1” Forstner bit I drilled holes. Forstner bits are handy to have around if you need to drill larger diameter, clean holes in wood. I then ripped the arm sections with a table saw. I marked the bases and arms with pencil lines to remove more material.
Step 4: Drill Holes, Smooth Corners, and Sand
Next I used band saw to remove the wood I marked and a router table with a round off bit to smooth corners on the pieces. Unfortunately one of the arm piece broke out a big chip and a crack. I salvaged it by dripping glue into the crack and clamping then flattening the chip with a bench top belt sander. I then finished shaping the arms on the bench top belt sander.
I pre drilled pilot holes in the bases for the arms and counter sunk clearance holes in the arms for screws. Arm holes were filled first. Then I finish sanded the pieces with 100 grit then finer grit. I had 400 grit but 200 would be adequate.
Step 5: Add Stain and Varnish
I added a dab of Titebond wood glue and then attached the arms to the base using 1-1/4 in long #6 stainless wood screws. Minwax red mahogany stain and a single coating Varathane spray varnish was then applied. Insufficient sanding the the wood to remove glue smears cause light spots to show when the varnish was applied.
They are attached to the wall with 2” dry wall screws.
Tips for Improving the Hangers
They work pretty good, but next time I’d narrow the spacing between the arms by about 1/2 inch.
As an afterthought, I attached a couple of pieces of buckskin with Elmers spray adhesive to add a small bit of padding between the guitar and hanger.