Another PVC Amp Stand

by gaussmarkov

PVC Amp Stand Exploded

I admit it–this isn’t specifically about stompboxes. But people who need stompboxes also need amp stands. 🙂 I needed several and it occurred to me that PVC pipe would be a good building material. Scouting around on the net, I found one example: PVC guitar amplifier stand. This gave me some good ideas but I decided to try something simpler. This figure above shows an exploded view of what I settled on.

The colour coding shows how I glued mine up, putting together the green, pink, and blue sections separately first and then assembling these three sections together at the end.

There are several kinds of PVC pipe and fittings out there. I chose to use 1 inch diameter Sch 40 water pipe from the hardware store. There are just two kinds of fittings, right angle and T, and that dictates what kind of angles you can make.

The principle design thought was that a tilted amp has most of the weight on the bottom. Imagine balancing an amp on one bottom edge. Then there would be no stress on the back struts at all. So some of the bracing that you might think is necessary really isn’t. Another feature of this design is that several stands are stackable.

I used one 10 foot length of pipe and had about a foot left over. I cut all of the pieces with a hack saw and did not worry much about getting the ends square.

Dry fit the whole thing together first. I was pretty casual about measurements and everything came out square enough. You can be as anal compulsive as you like though. I did take measurements of all my parts before assembling so that I could list them here … but now I cannot find that piece of paper. So custom fit yours for your equipment. 😉

I found gluing straightforward. It’s true that you cannot take your sweet time when you glue two pieces together, but there seems to be plenty of time to line things up properly. I used the floor to make sure that T fittings lined up properly before letting something set. One thing to watch out for is some bumps on the fittings left over from manufacturing. Make sure those bumps are not facing the floor so that you get even contact.

The results are great. Here is a photo of one build, after I spray painted it black.

PVC Amp Stand Photo


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22 Responses to “Another PVC Amp Stand”

  1. Chris said:

    Hey!
    That’s really cool! I don’t need an amp stand but I like the PVC idea to make a frame for plexiglass that I could use as a sound barrier in front of my amp. (guess whose amp is pretty loud?)
    Chris

    Posted 13.12.2007 at 9:51 am

  2. Audioguy said:

    NICE!!!!

    Posted 14.12.2007 at 7:36 am

  3. ibobunot said:

    Posted 21.12.2007 at 1:01 am

  4. gaussmarkov said:

    ibobunot,

    your comment caused me to realize that i had misunderstood “furniture grade” pvc to be inferior. it’s actually stronger than the stuff used for plumbing sprinkler systems, isn’t it?

    thanks, gm

    Posted 25.12.2007 at 11:06 pm

  5. superoxy said:

    Hi,

    Im the “designer” of the original ampstand you linked to.

    Just want to say that what you did was anice improvement over mine =)

    Posted 09.01.2008 at 10:16 pm

  6. gaussmarkov said:

    superoxy!

    how cool is that?! thanks for dropping a line. 🙂 i’m pleased you found this child of your project.

    your stand was an inspiration. and so was your tutorial. but you can see that i was less ambitious explaining everything. it really wasn’t necessary because you already did a great job.

    isn’t it great how DIY projects continue to develop?

    thanks! gm

    Posted 09.01.2008 at 11:56 pm

  7. matt said:

    just add netting and its a minature street hockey goal , hehe

    Posted 12.01.2008 at 12:33 pm

  8. gaussmarkov said:

    he shoots … he sco-o-o-ores! 😆

    Posted 12.01.2008 at 3:19 pm

  9. Daniel Beaumont-Thomas said:

    “…Get in the car Kids, we’re off to the hardware store…!!!”

    Brilliant, as was the first design
    Gonna’ save me some bucks!!

    Posted 12.03.2008 at 6:12 pm

  10. gaussmarkov said:

    i love it! 🙂

    Posted 14.03.2008 at 6:32 pm

  11. Chris said:

    Great idea, as usual. But why stop there? Seems like a PVC guitar stand would really go nicely with the Amp cradle you made.

    Posted 23.06.2008 at 6:02 pm

  12. gaussmarkov said:

    hah! you read my mind. my stand is a pvc version of those low cradle triangle types. this gives a low center of gravity and no need for a neck support. 😎

    Posted 23.06.2008 at 7:28 pm

  13. carlos said:

    ooo thanks is a good idea and i believe this stand amp is very sheap and creative sorry for my inglish

    Posted 17.07.2008 at 5:48 pm

  14. welcomb said:

    Ooo… a very nice and simple design. Like the idea that the amp is still resting on the ground.

    Also, since all the forces is in the vertical, would it be possible not to glue the horizontal connections, so you can easily take it apart and make it portable.

    Posted 22.12.2008 at 1:34 am

  15. brian said:

    does your amp sit on the floor. Do you have pictures of your amp sitting on it.

    Posted 14.04.2009 at 4:20 pm

  16. gaussmarkov said:

    hi brian,

    yes, the idea is to have the amp low and tilted back so that it works like a floor monitor. otherwise, the sound is aimed at your knees. but the amp’s not right on the floor–it’s on the stand.

    –gaussmarkov

    Posted 14.04.2009 at 4:33 pm

  17. JatStraikarDude said:

    Good post, good looking weblog, added it to my favorites!

    Posted 08.12.2009 at 7:54 am

  18. cleek » It’s Made Of Tubes! said:

    […] this idea, 11 feet of 3/4″ PVC tubing, 8 elbows and 8 T’s, I made […]

    Posted 18.05.2010 at 5:16 pm

  19. Anonymous said:

    That’s awesome! what software did you use to illustrate the blueprints?

    Posted 06.07.2011 at 8:28 pm

  20. Anonymous said:

    Great plan, I made one addition. I added a cross bar in the front on the 2 upturned 90’s and set the height to force the back of the amp flat on the back braces. This one change eliminated the possibility of bumping the amp and tipping it forward. Thanks again for a great plan.

    Posted 12.10.2011 at 12:29 am

  21. David Penner said:

    Great idea! I don’t understand the limitation for the fittings. I can get 45 and 22.5 degree angles at the local store. I was also thinking of using schedule 80 (now that may be hard to get)

    Posted 14.09.2013 at 10:43 am

  22. Jon said:

    Guitar Center has one that is made of steel & lifts the amp up 2 ft from the floor and at an angle for $19.99. Not sure the cost of that. For that price I dont think you can go wrong. It looks clean and takes up little floor space.
    Just a thought…

    Posted 26.09.2013 at 2:09 am