A well constructed piano bench is an essential tool for every pianist and many other musicians including harpists and guitarists. Knowing the plans for building a bench will enable the consumer to learn about the construction and what to look for when purchasing. Several varieties of benches are available including adjustable, double and the traditional common models.
Good piano bench plans will include the choice material of dense hardwood such as maple for the legs and bench frame. Usage of hardwood will insure the bench is sturdy and will last for many years. Metal hinges and end frames should be constructed of durable steel of a heavy gauge that will be strong and durable. The choice of wood for the bench top is usually of top grade laminated veneer or a solid wood that can be easily finished.
Craftsmanship is an important factor that must be included in piano bench plans; the best materials cannot make up for a poor quality of workmanship. Good craftsmanship will include carefully cut wood and even edges of routing, having an even symmetry that will be easy to finish and assemble. The final finish of a well planned bench will include a lacquer or high grade polyester coating in the consumer’s choice of colors.
Several varieties of covering and styles can be included in the plans including high grade vinyl or genuine leather for the bench top lid. While genuine leather may cost more in the initial investment it will be longer lasting than vinyl and less easy to tear. Leg styles used in piano bench construction include the square, tapered, round and curved designs. The proper bench style should be made to match the interior décor and the specific piano design.