How to build your own Piano Bench

How to build your own Piano Bench

Whether you have a fine, expensive Steinway or Baldwin piano,

or just an old upright piano that’s been around for a while, a bench that you have built yourself can make a fine addition to the piece. A piano bench can be made out of almost any type of hardwood, but the nicest, best-grade ones are usually built out of walnut, mahogany, or ebony wood. Most are just wood, but fancier piano benches can be topped in upholstery, or even in leather. Typically, a piano bench is also made with a hinged top and a shallow compartment. This compartment is a handy place to store sheet music.

In order to make your own bench for your piano, you’ll need some hardwood. A standard bench measures fourteen inches by twenty-nine inches, and it’s either nineteen or twenty inches high. Therefore, to start with, you’ll need a piece of wood that’s cut to those dimensions, and about a half of an inch thick. You’ll also need two pieces of hardwood that measure twenty-seven and a half inches long. They should be one and a half inches in diameter too. And, you’ll need two more pieces that measure twelve and a half inches long, and are also one and a half inches in diameter.

To start the actual construction, lay the largest piece of wood on a flat work surface. Position both long, thin pieces of hardwood onto the wood, along the sides. Then, lay the remaining short, thin pieces onto the wood, on the short sides. Make sure that the thin pieces are aligned so that their edges aren’t hanging over.

The next step is to use a good-quality wood glue to glue all four pieces down securely. While the glue is drying, you’ll need to make four legs for your piano bench. They’ll need to measure either eighteen a half or nineteen and a half inches long. They’ll also need to be two inches in diameter. You can make the legs either straight or, you can taper them down with a lathe or a sander however you wish them to look.

Now, you’ll need to use the good-quality wood glue to secure the legs onto the bottom of your piano bench. Apply glue to the top of the legs, and then place them, one at a time, in each corner. You’ll need to use wood clamps in order to hold the legs into place until the glue dries.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the glue to dry, you can build the sides and top for the piano bench. The top will need to be a little larger than the frame built underneath. You’ll need to measure and cut a piece of hardwood that is fifteen inches wide, thirty inches long, and about a half inch thick.

When the glue on the legs on the piano bench has dried, carefully flip the bench assembly over so it’s standing upright. You’ll need to repeat the process to make a frame on top of the wood, the same way you made a frame on the bottom. Except, you’ll need to measure and cut long two pieces of the hardwood so they are twenty-nine inches long. They will also need to be an inch and a half-inch in diameter. Then, measure and cut two more pieces- the same diameter – and fourteen inches long. Apply some good-quality wood glue to the bottoms of the pieces. Then position each one onto the wood in a rectangular shape. Make sure the ends of the pieces meet one another. These four pieces comprise the compartment of your piano bench.

After the wood glue dries, you’ll need to attach small brass hinges, about an inch wide, to the underside of the large piece of hardwood you have left. Then, attach the other side of the hinges onto the underneath of the lid. You’ll use the screws that come with the hinges to do this with.

Finally, you’ll need to stain your completed piano bench in the color you desire.


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