What's the best way to glue piano keys together for an upcycle shelf?


I disassembled my spinet and have a boxful of piano keys that I would like to make into a shelf. Black keys are taller then white keys and I'd like everything level. Does it work better to raise the white keys or slice off the back side of the black keys?

q what s the best way to glue piano keys together for an upcycle shelf
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  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Mar 04, 2019

    I have had great success using Gorilla Glue on pretty much everything!

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Mar 04, 2019

    I would use clear gorilla glue! cool project!

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Mar 04, 2019

    The answer to your question lies in the tools you have and your skills. Since there are less black than white (and their edge is beveled), I'd slice the black ones to the white depth - but there will still be a problem because once the black is cut down to level, you may have to refinish it with ebony paint and a gloss finish. Also, I'd put a run of something under all the keys - just to make sure everything stays together as a unit. Something thin will be fine - and maybe paint that black, too. I love the idea - have fun with it!

    • Vicki Mark Bastien Vicki Mark Bastien on Mar 04, 2019

      I also think that's probably the best way to go. I'm not concerned about filling in the beveled area, so slicing off the bottoms of the blacks to the thickness of the whites and then gorilla gluing might give me the flat surface needed. As for backing, I saved the wooden piano top with manufacturer's name to use for that. Really hoping this will turn out as I envision!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 04, 2019

    E6000 or Gorilla glue.

  • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on Mar 05, 2019

    Some Gorilla glue expands. I'd go with wood glue.

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    • Vicki Mark Bastien Vicki Mark Bastien on Mar 05, 2019

      I've been seeing a ton of cute ideas but no instructions anywhere that I could comb for details. It's frustrating. I don't want to screw up my one set of keys.

  • William William on Mar 05, 2019

    Gorilla glue is polyurethane based and does expand. Go with E6000. As a woodworker I have tried Gorilla glue and don't like it. Their wood glue is not as good as Titebond and the super glue does not have the holding poser as Locktite. But that's me.