I decided last weekend to knock together a quick project that will serve
as a (musical) keyboard stand when I want to use my keyboard at home,
and a bench the rest of the time. I'm using wood that I saved from the
Ikea bed my daughter outgrew some years ago. Here's the basic layout:
and some of the wood it came from:
It will also have horizontal members around three sides maybe 8" up from
the bottom of the legs. (I'm omitting the fourth side to allow me to use
a damper pedal with the keyboard). In addition, I've cut 45 degree angle
corner braces to go inside the top and two crosswise supports to prevent
the seat slats from sagging over too long a span.
I cut all the pieces before I thought too much about how I would fasten
them. I bought a Kreg pocket hole jig and screws. I've never used the
system before, but the video sure makes it look easy, and I've found the
promotional videos are generally accurate ;)
I'm looking for general advice, plus the answer to a couple of specific
How far apart should I space the screws at the ends of each support
slat? The main ones are perhaps 5" wide. I assume I'll use two screws in
each joint. How close to the edge is too close?
Should I glue the joints also? This would involve scraping the leg
pieces where the horizontal boards meet them, as the wood is already
finished. That would be a minor drag, but I don't want the thing to
"rack" (is that the right word, as in "become a parallelogram"?) when
someone sits on it. The wood is solid, BTW. I got the "coarse" Kreg screws.
Any further tips would also be appreciated.