Whether your goal is to customize the stage for your band or just to build a sturdy place to hold your keyboard, you can build your own keyboard stand, customized for your height, with some basic tools and materials. Wood is your best option, short of learning how to weld.
Things You'll Need
- 2 X 4 Section Of Lumber -- About 18 Feet, Depending On Your Preferred Width And Height
- Saw (Optional)
- 12 Or More Wood Screws, At Least 2¼ Inches Long
- Drill Bit Of Same Width As The Wood Screws
Measure and cut your lumber: - Cut 4 pieces for the top and the base. - Cut 2 pieces for the vertical sides. For a seated position, 2 feet works well for the sides; for a standing position, 3 feet is better. - To customize the height, measure a comfortable height from the floor to your hands and subtract 3 to 4 inches to accommodate the wooden base and keyboard body. - Cut 1 piece approximately 3 feet for the bracing across the middle of your stand. If the keyboard is a smaller model, you may want to reduce the width.
Align the vertical boards across the center of the base boards and drill pilot holes for the wood screws. Make sure the drill bit is the same width as the wood screws, and use at least two wood screws for each connection.
Secure the wood screws for the side components.
Make sure the screws are flush with the wood or even countersunk to avoid contact with the keyboard or floor.
Drill pilot holes and secure wood screws for the center bracing board to complete construction of the keyboard stand.
Paint or sand the stand, drape it with a cloth, or install hooks for a small banner or sign customized for your group or performance.
You can buy the lumber pre-cut at the store, but should already know what lengths you'd like. For extra stability across the top and bottom, cut 3 bracing boards.
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