How to Build a Piano Dolly


Since a piano is such a heavy duty musical instrument, it can be hard to move. By creating a dolly for it, you can put the piano on wheels and turn the job from a multi-person moving project to a one-person move. All of the materials used in making this dolly can be found at your local hardware store and/or lumber store.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric drill
  • Wrench
  • Spray-on rubber coating
  • Pen or pencil
  • Two 18-inch hardwood maple 2-by-6s
  • Two 30-inch hardwood maple 2-by-6s
  • Four 7-inch casters
  • 16 3-inch nuts and bolts
  • Lay out all of the 2-by-6s. Take one of the casters and place it centered at the end of each board and use a pen or pencil to mark where the holes of the caster will be.

  • Plug in the electric drill and use it to drill a hole at each mark you made with the pen.

  • Take one of the larger boards and one of the smaller boards and place their ends together to form an L shape so that the holes you drilled line up with each other.

  • Take one caster and line that up with the previously lined-up boards. Make sure the small board is on top of the larger board and the caster on the bottom side of the larger board. Insert a single bolt into one of the holes and use the wrench to tighten the nut on the bolt; this will hold all the pieces together while you insert the rest of the nuts and bolts and use the wrench to tighten them as well.

  • Continue to secure the boards and the casters together until all four casters have been bolted tightly to the boards.

  • Spray the rubber coating onto the surface of the 18-inch 2-by-6 boards and let dry for several hours in a well-ventilated area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the rubber coat spray in a well-ventilated area and do not inhale any fumes. Hardwood maple is the ideal wood to use because of its stability; using a weaker wood will compromise the stability of the dolly.

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