Scrap Wood Microphone Stand (Functional & Cheap)

About: It's not just things made out of wood... it's things made out of wood that are awesome!

I built a microphone stand out of scrap wood for my friend's Heil PR-40 microphone. I like how this cheap and functional stand will be used with the best microphone on the planet. I also like how good it looks!

Is this a limited-tools project? Answer: It can be. I used some woodworking tool to create this but it's possible to use handheld power tools as well.

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Materials list (affiliate links):

  • 1/2" thick plywood (2' x 2' is more than enough)
  • A small piece of walnut wood
  • A quarter-twenty bolt, 2 inches long, with a hex head that can be used with an allen key wrench.
  • Two quarter-twenty washers
  • A quarter-twenty wingnut
  • A bolt 3/8" (mic attaches to this)
  • A 3/8" nut (This will secure your mic holder to the stand)
  • Wood glue (Titebond 11 brand)
  • Small rubber feet

Tools (affiliate links):

Step 1: Cut and Shape Plywood

Rip a 1.5" wide strip from the 1/2" thick plywood using a table saw.

Crosscut the strips into three 7-inch sections.

Use a compass to draw a semicircle on one side of all three pieces.

Cut an angle on the opposite end of one of the pieces (as shown).

Cut a small piece of walnut (as shown).

Finally, cut a rectangle piece out of the 1/2" thick plywood for the base: 6" x 9" (not shown)

Step 2: Add a Center Channel to the Neck

Mark an area in the center that will allow a quarter-twenty bolt to pass through.

Drill two holes, one on each side (as shown).

Use a scroll saw to remove the center strip of wood.

Use a Disc Sander to round the corners to the semicircle pencil line you drew on a previous step.

Step 3: Complete the Base

Glue the lower neck onto the base. Position it about 1 inch from the top and center it (as shown).

Use wood glue. I also used a little quick-dry CA glue that acted as a clamp.

Use the Disc Sander to round over the corners of the base. Nobody likes sharp corners. :-)

Use a small Forstner Bit to drill a shallow hole on the underside of the base near each corner. These will hold the rubber feet.

Add rubber feet to the holes you just made with the Forstner Bit.

Step 4: Add the Top-Most Bolt

Drill a hole in the walnut top to accept the 3/8 bolt.

Screw in the 3/8 bolt. The tension alone will keep this bolt from turning.

Use a hack saw or reciprocating saw to expose only one inch of the bolt.

Use a file or benchtop grinder to remove any burs. Add a 3/8" nut to the top. This nut will keep the mic stand from moving.

Step 5: Test Fit the Pieces and Paint

Assemble everything to test the fit and function.

Use wood glue to secure the walnut piece to the top.

Use flat black spray paint on all visible surfaces. Don't paint the gorgeous looking walnut though... that would be a crime. Haha.

That's it! Enjoy your good-look, cheap, functional mic stand that is perfect for any microphone... even the best microphone on the planet, the Heil PR-40.

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