Build a wooden digital keyboard stand yourself and use the money you save to buy a good digital keyboard. Doing this project yourself also ensures a keyboard stand built from durable plywood instead of vinyl-covered particleboard. In addition to this, you also get to choose the type of plywood to use, thus making the stand fit your budget. Minimal woodworking skills, i.e., the use of a variable speed drill and an iron, will help you complete this project with confidence.
Place the 42 1/2-inch pieces (top and back) on a worktable. Apply glue to the long edge of one of the pieces. Align the long edge of the other piece with the glued edge of the first. Secure the two pieces with drywall screws. Clean up the glue with a damp cloth.
Put the 34-inch pieces (sides) on the worktable so the long edges are touching. Drill three pilot holes 3/8-inch from one of the 14-inch edges with a 1/16-inch drill bit. Drill one about one inch from the long edges and one in the centre. This marks the tops of the sides to the keyboard stand.
Measure from the same 14-inch edge and make marks at 2, 7 and 12 inches on the long edges that are touching. Drill pilot holes on the marks, keeping them 3/8-inch from the long edges.
Turn the sides over and drill countersink holes on top of all the pilot holes. Do not drill the holes deeper than 3/8-inch.
Cut two pieces of edge band 43 1/2-inches long for the top and back of the stand with a utility knife. Cut four pieces 35 inches long and 15 inches long for the sides of the stand. Hold one of the 43 1/2-inch pieces on the long edge of the top so it hangs over on either end.
Heat it with the iron until the adhesive sticks it to the edge. Break the ends of the edge band over the corners where they hang over and sand the long edges of it with the sanding block until it fits the edge of the top. Repeat this until all the edges of the parts are covered and sanded.
Apply glue to the ends of the top and back. Place them between the sides and secure them with the drywall screws. Put a drop of glue in the screw holes and insert a screw hole button in each. Clean up the excess glue immediately with a damp cloth.
Rub the veneer edge band with a block of wood to force the adhesive into the pores of the wood.
Do not leave the hot iron unattended. Do not apply a finish to the wooden digital keyboard stand without proper ventilation.
Things you need
- 2 pieces of 14-by-42 1/2-by-3/4-inch plywood
- Wood glue
- Variable speed drill
- Philips head screw tip
- 1 1/4-inch drywall screws
- Damp cloth
- 2 pieces of 14-by-34-by-3/4-inch plywood
- 1/16-inch drill bit
- Countersink drill bit
- 25-feet of veneer edge band
- Utility knife
- Sanding block w/100-grit sandpaper
- Screw hole buttons