How to Make All-Wood Guitar Wall Hangers
Guitar storage is a serious consideration for every musician. Depending on the climate, temperature and humidity, there are times a guitar needs to be stored outside its case, and if you play a lot, it is convenient to have the guitar where it is accessible. However, most guitar floor stands take up a lot of room, and if you have pets or children, the stands can be easily tipped over. The answer is a secure and attractive wall-mounted guitar hanger. The hangers can be purchased at most music stores, but are simple and inexpensive to build yourself.
Cut two square pieces of wood, 5 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. This is the actual dimension of a 1x6, so you will have to make only one cut. Set your mitre gauge to 45 degrees and cut one of the pieces at a diagonal from corner to corner. This should give you two matching identical triangular pieces.
Cut two 3/4-by-3/4-inch pieces. Set the two triangular pieces so they sit squarely against a wall with the second square surface coming straight out and the longest diagonal piece underneath, as if you were going to put a shelf on it. Mark the outside edge and glue one of the small pieces on the end of each of the triangular pieces. You are creating a lip on the outside edge so the guitar cannot slip off the edge when hanging.
Sand all pieces smooth. Pre-drill two holes on opposite edges of the remaining square piece and two holes centered on the board. The two center holes will be used to attach the hanger to the wall. It is a square piece so you can orient the piece however looks best to you.
Screw and glue the two triangular pieces to the square back piece. Allow the glue to dry. Sand any rough spots and stain or paint if desired.
Install the adhesive felt on the upper surface where the guitar will set to protect the guitar finish.
Screw the hanger onto the wall. Always install the hanger where it will be securely screwed into a stud or wood wall. If you value your instrument, do not install in Sheetrock where it could easily tear out.
Things You Will Need
- 12-inch 1x6 wood of your choice (pine is inexpensive and easy to work with)
- 1 foot of 3/4-inch adhesive backed felt
- Four 1 5/8-inch wood or construction screws
- Two 2 1/2- or 3-inch wood or construction screws
- Wood glue
- Table or mitre saw
- Drill bits the size of the screws you are using
- Random orbital sander, vibrating sander or fine sandpaper
- If you want to hang multiple instruments on one rack, use a longer backing piece and two triangular pieces for each instrument. Space accordingly.
- To greatly simplify, you can purchase padded, U-shaped hangers in most hardware stores--in the garage storage area--which can be screwed into wood and then screwed on the wall. They are perhaps not as attractive, but are easy, strong and fast.
- Allow your creative juices to flow in creating shapes or designs on the triangular pieces.
- Always use caution and wear ear protection when working with power tools.