When I picked up the old upright piano from a lady up in Deadwood some months back I promised her I’d make something out of the old thing for her. Sheesh….months of disassembling an old piano whose soundboard is cracked…the tuning pegs can’t hold a tune….most folks would toss the old piano out at the dump. Not BarryW….I have to disassemble this piano piece by piece. Some time ago I blogged about using the bottom half of the piano for a workbench support. I’m not there yet…but getting there. Yesterday and today, I have been disassembling the keys. Aren’t they just wood? No…there’s some lead weights…alot actually. I removed all of them from the individual keys to make a little container full of lead. They’ll come in handy casting balls for my .50 caliber black powder rifle and my .44 caliber 1858 New Army pistol. Okay, the keys…so they’re not more than an inch and a quarter wide. After bandsawing the curved ends…and removing the pin supports, I’m going to glue these “slats” together to make sides of a box. Alot of work for not much…and then I’m going to cover the box in either the white and black key tops or…or…the birdseye maple veneer found on the inside of the piano. Recycling it. That sounds pretty, too.
Yeah, way too much work for a simple box…but I’m a glutton for punishment. Pictures coming up in part two. I will mention that I have alot of nice screws, hinges, pins, etc from disassembling the piano. Gazillions of pieces of this and that. I’ll make use of them someplace.
-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.