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Apr 6, 2020 - 6:55:23 AM
27 posts since 3/6/2019

Hi Guys,

I noticed a lot of people build their own banjo neck stand when replacing strings or working on their banjo.

Any recommendations on banjo neck stands to purchase or the best way to build a banjo neck stand?

Thanks.
David

Apr 6, 2020 - 7:10:34 AM
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3098 posts since 5/29/2011

I took a triangle of styrofoam(packing material for a mirror) and cut a notch out of the right angle with a butcher knife. It has held up for nine years.

Apr 6, 2020 - 7:17:23 AM
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54772 posts since 12/14/2005

Back when I ran POSITIVE NOTE MUSIC(The Best Folking Music Store In Town!), I purchased a nice looking padded item to support instruments, while they were being worked on.

Basically, it was nothing more than an 18 x 30 inch piece of plywood, with a  4 x 6 inch piece fastened a couple inches from one end,

Small piece was cut to cradle a neck, and the whole thing covered with thin  padding, and flannel.

Please hold while I look down in the basement, see if I still have it.

If not, I'll draw a picture. If so, I'll post a photo.

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IF it's there, it's underneath and/or behind a fascinating amount of interesting bits and pieces of other projects.

Please hold while I open the PAINT app and daw a pic.

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Edited by - mike gregory on 04/06/2020 07:34:59

Apr 6, 2020 - 7:35:54 AM
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12988 posts since 6/29/2005

I make a knock-down one made from birch plywood, dowels and a canvas sling.

They are very stable and even not easily knocked down by curious little kids.  They work for openbacks, resonator banjos and even longnecks I have used them at trade shows, in my studio, and made a couple for friends.  I have a bunch of them knocked down in a closet which I bring out and put together as I finish banjos and bring them out of the shop into the light of day to settle in

Unfortunately, I don't have a pattern available, but you can see how they are made—one could easily make a nice-looking one from cherry or walnut with a sunbrella material sling in a color, like director's chairs

Apr 6, 2020 - 7:45:34 AM
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5287 posts since 9/21/2007

Ken LeVan , I think he is looking for a neck rest for a work bench (if I understand correctly).

dkframe , if I misunderstood and you are looking for a banjo floor-stand, please search "broken peghead" by clicking the little magnification glass under the left hand menu. Then look at all the posts. Banjos should remain in cases when not in use.

If you don't mind dust, they can be hung on walls with an appropriate hanger screwed to a stud or drywall anchors (depending on the banjo). Best place is in a case.

Apr 6, 2020 - 7:48:02 AM
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dkframe

USA

27 posts since 3/6/2019

quote:  Thanks Mike.   I will try this.
Originally posted by mike gregory

Back when I ran POSITIVE NOTE MUSIC(The Best Folking Music Store In Town!), I purchased a nice looking padded item to support instruments, while they were being worked on.

Basically, it was nothing more than an 18 x 30 inch piece of plywood, with a  4 x 6 inch piece fastened a couple inches from one end,

Small piece was cut to cradle a neck, and the whole thing covered with thin  padding, and flannel.

Please hold while I look down in the basement, see if I still have it.

If not, I'll draw a picture. If so, I'll post a photo.

* * * * * * * * * * *

IF it's there, it's underneath and/or behind a fascinating amount of interesting bits and pieces of other projects.

Please hold while I open the PAINT app and daw a pic.

** * * * * * * * *

Like so:

 


Apr 6, 2020 - 7:49:18 AM
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dkframe

USA

27 posts since 3/6/2019

quote:Yes, I am looking for a neck rest for a work bench when I work on my banjo and replace strings.

Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Ken LeVan , I think he is looking for a neck rest for a work bench (if I understand correctly).

dkframe , if I misunderstood and you are looking for a banjo floor-stand, please search "broken peghead" by clicking the little magnification glass under the left hand menu. Then look at all the posts. Banjos should remain in cases when not in use.

If you don't mind dust, they can be hung on walls with an appropriate hanger screwed to a stud or drywall anchors (depending on the banjo). Best place is in a case.


Apr 6, 2020 - 8:13:31 AM
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54772 posts since 12/14/2005

Thanks for the compliment.
But, CULLODEN's plan works as well, and is easier to make.

OR, back before I had the shop, and was working on the kitchen table:

A blanket on the table, and a stack of paperback books on the blanket, to support the neck..
And if you want something to better cradle the neck, a cup or 2 of sand in a Ziplock bag, and the bag inside a fluffy sock.

Simple solutions, and one less large, single-purpose item underfoot.
Although the sock, so to speak, was DESIGNED to be underfoot.  cheeky

Apr 6, 2020 - 8:17:16 AM
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dkframe

USA

27 posts since 3/6/2019

quote: I like the sand in the ziplock bag idea!

Originally posted by mike gregory

Thanks for the compliment.
But, CULLODEN's plan works as well, and is easier to make.

OR, back before I had the shop, and was working on the kitchen table:

A blanket on the table, and a stack of paperback books on the blanket, to support the neck..
And if you want something to better cradle the neck, a cup or 2 of sand in a Ziplock bag, and the bag inside a fluffy sock.

Simple solutions, and one less large, single-purpose item underfoot.
Although the sock, so to speak, was DESIGNED to be underfoot.  cheeky


Apr 6, 2020 - 8:41:25 AM
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rcc56

USA

2847 posts since 2/20/2016

Easy neck rest:

1. Cut a piece of 1 x 4 or 2 x 4, 3 inches long. This will stand up and hold the neck.
2. Cut a "C" into the top of it.
3. Knock off the sharp edge of the cut and glue a piece of leather or cork into the cut.
4. Screw it into a square plywood base with sides that are 4 inches long.

That's it. It will work for most banjos, mandolins, solid body electric guitars, and violins.

For banjos with deep resonators and flat top guitars, increase the dimensions of piece #1 to a 2 x 6, 4 inches long; and maybe increase the size of the base slightly.

Apr 6, 2020 - 8:42:26 AM
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7193 posts since 8/28/2013

I made one along the line's of Mike's contraption. However, mine has two neck supports, one of which can be adjusted outward or inward depending on the neck length and the place it needs to be supported the most. I made it entirely from leftover pieces of wood, a cou[ple of angle brackets, screws, and and a bit of felt. (The only things I actually had to buy were the angle brackets.)

I've used it with all kinds of banjos and a number of guitars, and it would also work to hold mandolins and ukes.

Apr 6, 2020 - 9:16:17 AM
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Owen

Canada

5705 posts since 6/5/2011

It wouldn't be adjustable, and I'm not giving it an endorsement, but figure it shouldn't do much harm to toss the idea out there:    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailor%27s_ham       I believe they come in different sizes.   

I think marksmen/shooters  sometimes use some sort of padded rest when sighting in a rifle???

Edited by - Owen on 04/06/2020 09:18:39

Apr 6, 2020 - 9:16:59 AM
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3098 posts since 5/29/2011

Now I have had time to take pictures of my contraption. Excuse the stain and other discoloration.




Apr 6, 2020 - 10:36:43 AM
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7193 posts since 8/28/2013

I have seen a a stand made by screwing one of those u-shaped instrument wall hangers into a piece of plywood.

Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 04/06/2020 10:37:50

Apr 6, 2020 - 11:03:07 AM
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rcc56

USA

2847 posts since 2/20/2016

Anything solid made out of a vertical piece with a "C" cut into it, attached to a base that's big enough to keep it from tipping over will work. Don't forget to pad it where the neck sits.

Apr 6, 2020 - 11:08:15 AM
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5287 posts since 9/21/2007

I did the C cut into a piece of wood screwed to a T base. Veg-tan leather in the C. Not pretty but works great.

Apr 6, 2020 - 11:21:17 AM
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7668 posts since 1/7/2005

For working at my bench, (which I think is what you are asking about) I use the following leather rifle rest. You can fill it with sand or even lead shot depending on how heavy you want it. It can be easily moved down the neck if you are hammering frets, and it won't scratch or harm the banjo's finish.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Protektor-Model-14AF-Bunny-Ear-Rear-Bag-Leather-Gun-Rifle-Shooting-Rest/921053445

DD

Edited by - Dan Drabek on 04/06/2020 11:21:54

Apr 6, 2020 - 2:29:28 PM
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12988 posts since 6/29/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Ken LeVan , I think he is looking for a neck rest for a work bench (if I understand correctly).

dkframe , if I misunderstood and you are looking for a banjo floor-stand, please search "broken peghead" by clicking the little magnification glass under the left hand menu. Then look at all the posts. Banjos should remain in cases when not in use.

If you don't mind dust, they can be hung on walls with an appropriate hanger screwed to a stud or drywall anchors (depending on the banjo). Best place is in a case.


Thanks! 

Geez, I just use a big pine block with a curved neck profile-shaped groove lined with carpet.  I never took a picture of it.

Apr 6, 2020 - 5:03:50 PM
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5339 posts since 12/20/2005

I'm still glad you showed the instrument rest !
Pretty cool 

Edited by - Leslie R on 04/06/2020 17:04:41

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:19:52 PM
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dkframe

USA

27 posts since 3/6/2019

quote: I like it.  Very simple.  Thanks 
Originally posted by Culloden

Now I have had time to take pictures of my contraption. Excuse the stain and other discoloration.


Apr 6, 2020 - 6:21:09 PM
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dkframe

USA

27 posts since 3/6/2019

quote:  Thanks Owen.   I like it.
Originally posted by Owen

It wouldn't be adjustable, and I'm not giving it an endorsement, but figure it shouldn't do much harm to toss the idea out there:    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailor%27s_ham       I believe they come in different sizes.   

I think marksmen/shooters  sometimes use some sort of padded rest when sighting in a rifle???


Apr 7, 2020 - 6:04:29 AM
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26 posts since 7/20/2017

Be careful what you make- it may be with you forever. I whacked this together 35 or so years ago when I was the string repair guy in a music store, and I can't begin to guess how many instrument necks have lain across it. Quick and dirty using stuff at hand, but does the job. Lots of mojo in this thing. ;)


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