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Previously beside my desk I had a keyboard stand and my Edirol PCR-50. The Edirol would invariably become covered in papers and garbage which really hampered my workflow. I also bought a second smaller keyboard that I wanted access to as well.

After complaining about it here and multiple trips through IKEA looking for something that would work or be adaptable, I realized I had a much larger table in my basement that I could cut down to my purposes and install a keyboard shelf into.

So after a lot of planning and some nervous work with a table-saw, here’s my new side-table with the keyboard tray retracted:

Here it is with the keyboard tray extended:

The keyboard tray slides were around $36 and the pine board was $10. It works pretty well though I slightly brutalized the board cutting it to fit. I may sand and stain it later but I’m too lazy now.

The keyboard tray works well but I’m sure a better craftsman could have made it less wobbly when pushing it in.

But it does what I want. The large keyboard stays out of sight most of the time and I can’t cover it with junk. The small keyboard is accessible up top and there’s plenty of room on the left side for papers and garbage. Hooray papers and garbage!

Posted on - September 1, 2007 [at] 1:38 pm by Brad
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Not sure even Jimi Hendrix would have looked cool in these things. Maybe Devo could have pulled it off fashionably. (via Music Thing)

Posted on - August 21, 2007 [at] 7:32 am by Brad
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DIY $10 Ableton Footcontroller (no soldering required) – how to build a foot controller out of a QWERTY keyboard. Pretty simple but neat.

Posted on - August 2, 2007 [at] 11:07 am by Brad
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I’m looking to build a two (or three) shelved keyboard stand. Right now I have a keyboard on an X-stand that I often use as a table and I have a small 25 key keyboard that sits in a box because I have nowhere to put it.

Buying a dedicated keyboard stand is way more expensive than you’d think and as it’s not moving I don’t need to be lightweight and foldable. I thought the Internet would be full of DIY keyboard stands but so far I’ve only found two:

  • A Keyboard Stand on the Cheap – this one’s on the right track. I may just extend this out a bit for my purposes.
  • $5 Keyboard Stand – keyboard stand out of PVC pipe. I think I’d rather go wood for extra sturdiness and expandability.

Any others out there?

Posted on - August 1, 2007 [at] 10:08 pm by Brad
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