This will be the second episode of my TV show. It will be about a simple woodworking project: the construction of a music stand. This is the first part of the show.

It would go like this (some details to be filled in later): This week I’m going to show you how to make a music stand. Why would you want to do this? Well, because it’s fun. Remember, with woodworking, it’s the journey, not the destination. You can pick up a music stand at any music store for $15 so don’t get the idea you’re going to save any money. It’s that way with just about any woodworking project. But what you will get is the pleasure of building something. Something besides a cutting board that is. Check it out! This looks sweet! And you can tell people you made it and they’ll think you’re cool. I don’t know if I’d try to pick up women or anything with it but it’s good to talk about when people come over.

So, what’s the matter with the $15 music stand? It’s flimsy – look how easy it is to topple it over. (knocks over the flimsy one) I’m going to build one with a little more stability and, of course, a lot more class. If all goes according to plan it’s gonna look way better. If it doesn’t turn out perfect then it has “character” or “patina” or whatever. Either way, you win!

I’m making this one out of maple. Maple is great stuff, nice and hard and won’t warp as much as other stuff. It’s a little plain-looking unless you put a bit of color on it so I’ll show you how to do that too. But they don’t call it “rock” maple or “hard” maple for nothing. Better sharpen up your tools before you start. And several times in mid-project. Take your time – this projects gonna be in the family for a long time. Anything this tough is gonna last for generations. Better hope the wife likes it or you’ll have to stand guard over it whenever she has a garage sale.

Now the great plaid one (bow toward Boston) say always wear safety glasses and taps his spectacles. BBZZZZTTT! Wrong Normie! Even though you may have spectacles made out of “safety glass” that only means that if something hits them they won’t shatter and fill your eyes little razor-sharp bits. But most wood chips are fairly light and the breeze will carry them right around those lenses and into your eyes so you have to wear the dork goggles. Just do it and don’t sweat it – nobody’s watching you anyway. You’ll thank me later.

Anyway, it would go something like that.

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