How to Build a Cello Stand

By Brandon Salo ; Updated April 12, 2017
A cello stand can add to the decor of a music room.

Cello stands are used to store cellos in place of a case. They hold the cello in an upright position so the cello rests on its base. Cello stands provide quick access to the instrument and also give the instrument its own specific storage spot. Build a cello stand using pine lumber and foam pads to secure the base of the cello. Pine is easy to work with compared to hardwoods and will make for a sturdy stand that will last for years.

Locate the center of the 20-inch board and drill a hole through it so the center is 10 inches from each end and 5 1/2 inches from each edge. Make two cuts that are at right angles to one of the 20-inch edges. Space the cuts 4 inches apart and center them so they're each 8 inches from the end of the board. Cut only until you reach the hole. You have a 4-by-7 1/2-inch slot cut in the board.

Set the 20-inch boards on edge, parallel and 9 inches apart. Set the 9-inch boards between them at right angles and space them 18 inches apart so the corners are flush. Screw through the 20-inch boards into the 9-inch boards using two screws for the end of each board.

Lay the four boards on edge so the slot is facing the ground. Lay the plywood on top of the boards so the edges are each 2 inches from the sides of the boards. Screw through the plywood so two screws enter each board.

Drill a 4-inch hole through the plywood so the center of the hole is 12 inches from the 15-inch edges and 7 1/2 inches from the 24-inch edges.

Spray one side of each 8-by-9-inch foam pad with glue and glue them to the inside bottom of the stand. Do not cover the hole in the plywood with the foam. Spray one side of the 8-by-8-inch foam pads and glue them to the 20-inch boards on the inside of the stand so one of their edges are against the 9-inch boards in the stand. Spray one side of each 7-by-8-inch pad and glue one to each 9-inch board between the 8-by-8-inch pads.

Set your cello in the stand so the strings rest inside the groove that you created in the first step.

Things Needed

  • Tape measure
  • 2 pine boards, 1-by-11-by-20-inches
  • Drill
  • Hole punch, 4-inch
  • Hand saw
  • 2 pine boards, 1-by-11-by-9-inches
  • Plywood, 3/4-by-15-by-24-inches
  • Screw gun
  • 16 wood screws, 2 1/2-inch
  • Craft spray glue
  • 2 foam pads, 3-by-8-by-9-inches
  • 4 foam pads, 1-by-8-by-8-inches
  • 2 foam pads, 1-by-7-by-8-inches

About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.