DIY Piano Cabinet

by Patti Richards, Demand Media Google
    Eelctronic keyboards provide different types and styles of piano sounds.

    Eelctronic keyboards provide different types and styles of piano sounds.

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    Professional musicians often use portable keyboards when traveling to different venues to perform. The ease of transport plus the unique functions of an electronic keyboard provide a big piano sound without having to move a big piano. To make a keyboard look more like real piano, and to keep it safe during transport, you can build a do-it-yourself piano cabinet.

    Cut out the Cabinet

    Step 1

    Measure your keyboard and write down the dimensions. You'll want your piano cabinet to be slightly larger than your keyboard.

    Step 2

    Cut two plywood boards twice the width and the same length of your keyboard plus two inches -- an inch on either side. These will be for the top and bottom of your keyboard enclosure.

    Step 3

    Cut one plywood board the same width and length of your keyboard plus 2 inches; this will be for the top portion of your keyboard cabinet.

    Step 4

    Cut four side panels for your cabinet; each should be the height of your keyboard plus 2 inches. Two of the boards should be twice the width of your keyboard plus 2 inches and the other two should be the same width as the keyboard plus 2 inches.

    Step 5

    Cut two pieces of plywood the same length and height of your keyboard plus 2 inches in both directions.

    Assemble the Pieces

    Step 1

    Place one of the large pieces of plywood on your work surface. This will be the bottom of your piano cabinet. Attach the two larger side pieces to the bottom piece using two right-angle brackets on each end and wood screws to form the sides of the piano cabinet.

    Step 2

    Add the next large piece of plywood to the top of the side pieces and secure it with two more right-angle brackets on each end. You should now have a large, rectangular-shaped box.

    Step 3

    Add the two shorter side pieces to the back half of the top of the box using two right-angle brackets on each end and wood screws.

    Step 4

    Place the shorter plywood board on top of the two side pieces you attached in the previous Step using two right-angle brackets and wood screws on each end. Your cabinet should now look like a piano without legs and be open on the front.

    Step 5

    Attach one of the remaining pieces of cut plywood that is the same length and height of the keyboard plus 2 inches to the front of the top box to close up that portion of the piano cabinet.

    Finish the Cabinet

    Step 1

    Add the last piece of cut plywood to the front of the bottom portion of the piano box. Use three hinges for this piece and attach it at three places along the bottom of the piece of wood with wood screws. This will allow you to open and close this part of the box so that the keyboard can easily slip in and out.

    Step 2

    Finish the cabinet by covering it in black vinyl fabric and staples. If you don't want to use the black vinyl, simply paint the cabinet black.

    Step 3

    Add several coats of clear polyurethane to the cabinet after painting it black for a durable finish.

    Tips & Warnings

    • This cabinet will fit nicely on the top of a table or on top of a regular folding piano stand.
    • The empty space at the top of the box can be used for wires or storage. To do this, simply attach the top of the box with 3 hinges at the back instead of using the right-angle brackets.

    About the Author

    Patti Richards has been a writer since 1990. She writes children’s books and articles on parenting, women's health and education. Her credits include "San Diego Family Magazine," "Metro Parent Magazine," "Boys' Quest Magazine" and many others. Richards has a Bachelor of Science in English/education from Welch College.

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