Playing a keyboard without a keyboard stand is akin to playing a guitar without a guitar strap; a sturdy place to rest the keyboard is an important part of any keyboard player's set-up. If your keyboard did not come with a keyboard stand or if you wish to create a new one to replace the stand that did come with it, you can build a stand with some basic materials and power tools.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- 3-inch wood screws
- Screw gun
Measure the width and depth of your keyboard (for example, 31 inches by 14 inches). These dimensions will provide you with the measurements for the top and base of your keyboard stand.
Cut four pieces of 2-by-4s to the width of the keyboard, minus 1/2 inch. For the example, the 2-by-4 pieces would be cut to a length of 13.5 inches.
Cut four pieces of 2-by-4s to the length of the keyboard, minus 2 inches. For the example, the longer 2-by-4 pieces would be cut to a length of 29 inches.
Stand the wood pieces up on their narrow edge and lay them out so that they create two rectangles, each with two short and two long pieces. The rectangles should be arranged so that the end of the long pieces line up perpendicular with the short pieces, not the other way around. Screw the rectangles together with 3-inch wood screws.
Cut one piece of 2-by-6 to the entire length of the keyboard (31 inches for the example). Stand this piece up on its narrow edge and line it up with the long edge of one of the rectangles. Secure it to the rectangle with two 3-inch wood screws at each end. This piece will serve as the back rail for the keyboard stand.
Use the measuring tape to gauge how high you would like your keyboard stand to sit (it helps to do this while seated on your keyboard throne). Cut four pieces of 2-by-4s to this length. As a general rule, two feet is a good height, though it can vary from person to person.
Line the leg pieces up with the four corners of one of the rail-less rectangles. Secure each leg to the rectangle with two 3-inch wood screws. Place the railed rectangle on top of the leg pieces (the pieces should line up with the corners) and secure the top piece to the legs with two 3-inch wood screws in each corner.
Position the keyboard stand in front of you, with the rail side furthest away from you. Then place the keyboard on top of the stand with the back edge against the rail.
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