(Inside: My mom wanted a keyboard lift and I wanted to make it for her. This is How to Make a Simple Keyboard Lift because it’s cool.)
My mom wanted a keyboard lift for Christmas and my dad said he’d make one, but I swooped in and asked if I could–because I wanted to have a little fun with a big chunk of wood. I mean, why not, right?!
So, I snagged this big piece of maple my dad had in his garage and dragged it to my workshop so I could get this project going–and done before Christmas.
Literally took just a few minutes and dude, her present was ready!
Here’s my tutorial for How to Make a Simple Keyboard Lift.
I hope you enjoy it!
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What You Need to Make a Simple Keyboard Lift
- A piece of wood greater than the length you want, the width you want, and the thickness you want.
- Table Saw
- Miter Saw
- Electric Hand Planer
- Tape Measure
- Hand Sander and Sand Paper
- Tung Oil
How to Make a Simple Keyboard Lift
- With your miter saw, rough cut the length of the slab of wood to within about an inch of your desired final length. This was 28-inches for me since I wanted the final to be 27-inches.
- Using the table saw, trim off the edges straight. you can use a straight-cut jig if you need to on one side. I’ll make one of those soon, but since my dad had run this through his jointer on one side once upon a time, I didn’t have to do that for this piece. I just trimmed off the live edge because my mom would NOT like that on her keyboard lift–but if you think that would be awesome, you can keep it.
- When both long sides are cut straight, it’s time to trim the keyboard lift to it’s final length. Use your miter saw to do this and cut off both ends if you didn’t start with a straight side in the initial rough-cut cut.
- Using your electric hand planer, smooth both sides and remove any cupping or high spots. If you have a planer, you can run it through that, but I didn’t have one yet when I did this project, so I had to work with the hand planer.
- Sand the keyboard lift smooth.
- Apply 2-4 coats of the Tung Oil, allowing it to dry completely and lightly sand between each coat.
- Present to your mom in a Christmas box with a bow. LOL!
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