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Piano Skid Board Dimensions
#2204768 12/30/13 12:12 AM
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I would like to build a piano skid board. I've been all over the Internet and cannot locate even a simple drawing with dimensions. Can someone here provide dimensions? Also, I noticed there are two basic styles: where the board is uniform width throughout the length, and where the head of the board is wider than the tail. Which is better?

I'm sure this post is going to get a lot of cautionary advice about a D-I-Y move. I assure you that I have the carpentry skills and the transport skills. And I fully intend to hire pro piano movers to do the actual loading and unloading at each end of the move!

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I am going to give you a caution, but not what you are thinking. You should call up a movers' supply house and see what they cost before you embark on this. It just may not be worth your time or effort, by the time you add up the cost of the materials and the time and work that goes into it. I have made one, and bought one, and the one I bought is better.


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If you are hiring movers to load and unload for a long distance move-buy a grand board from them if possible. They may sell you a used one for less than a new one that is suitable for your purposes.

You can then see if the receiving movers will buy it from you also.


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Way cheaper and headache-less to just buy one. You can get a 6 ft board for under 150 dollars average and that will have E track slots in it. Then go and get you some 12 to 16 ft E track straps.

The " Western Style" boards of which you are speaking of that have the uniform size all the way down are pretty dangerous for the layman to use. They are taller from the ground which means a higher center of gravity when it is on the dolly and can also mean not getting it through low doorways or truck doors. We use our western boards for storage only.

The other style with the flared end will last forever. I still have some of the original boards we were using in the 1930s in use.



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Thanks for the responses. Yes, the cheapest piano skid I could find is one for $125 (US Cargo Control). But then, you have to add motor freight, which is not cheap. The only thing I would need to buy is a sheet of cabinet grade plywood.

I just need to know the width of the narrow end (I'm guessing 14"); the width of the flared end (18" ?) and the approx length of the flare

I plan to cut two blanks, glue and screw these together so the structural thickness of the skid would be 1 1/2". Then add the head board and hardwood runners while cutting strap and handle slots. Oh, and I'll need to sacrifice one of my many moving blankets to pad the top. Easy project.


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