Quite a few people have asked how to build a display stand so that they may
show off their armour at their home, event or wherever. I have an armour
stand that I designed that has served me very well for quite some time,
and is simple in it's construction. You'll require some 2x4s, some 1/2"
plywood, wood glue, nails, and preferably a ripsaw and a jigsaw. I am not
providing exact dimensions for the pieces of this stand, as there are many
variables due to customization, which may change the 'formula'. Adjust
at will, and as necessary.
Take one of the 2x4s and cut it to about 6' tall, or however tall you like-- This will be the center post of the stand, and should be as tall as you wish the finished product to be. Though not illustrated below, I rounded the corners of the 'head' off.
I used a garbage can lid as a template for the base of the stand, which is about 30" across and circular. This was made of some of the 1/2" plywood. I determined the center of the base, which is where the center post will be placed, stood it up in that spot and affixed it with nails and wood glue.
There are 4 legs, which radiate out from the center post to the edge of the base. These are also made of 2x4s, and are placed at about a 45 degree angle to the post and base. The legs should be arranged to look like this, which is a view from above:
It will probably take some customizing to get everything to align just right,
so these should not be fixed in place until you're sure the fits are good.
When you are sure, they can be secured with wood glue and nails.
2 wedge shaped pieces of 1/2" plywood need to be cut out to form the shoulder pieces, which will be attached on either side of the center post. These are best done with rounded corners for the shoulders. These are affixed, like everthing else, with wood glue and nails. For extra stability, I placed a section of 2x4 horizontally between the layers of plywood on each side of the "neck". This gives the critical shoulder area more rigidity.
Here are 2 views of the finished stand:
These drawings are not proportional, but are meant only to give you an idea
of what it's supposed to look like.