Free Lumber ! (Maybe)

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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 05-05-2012 01:54 PM 7092 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was offered an old upright piano this week.
If you want it you can have it. FREE
Price was right.
I have never dismantled a piano before.
Took my screw drivers, sockets, saw, hammer and pry bars.
There really is not as much solid lumber as I thought.
Some really nice laminated beams in the back (Future table legs)
The sides and front legs came off really well.
The keyboard cover and front aprons also came apart easy.
Four heavy duty castors on ther bottom.
And all the keys are in good shape (No idea what I might do with these,YET)
Overall it took me 1 1/2 hr to go, dismantle, and return.
Been fun morning…...SO FAR….....

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 02:27 PM

Nice deal. How old is the piano? If the keys are not plastic, you might have a nice collection of ebony and ivory or holly in that alone.

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 03:18 PM

Once I was offered a couch to tear apart for the oak frame. Narrow seasoned oak boards, why not. Several hours later I had a heap of junk and a bunch of oak that was useless because it was full of big staples and nails. I ended up burning it all in the fire pit.

Even if the oak was usable, I would have rather spent the $30 on buying it new than do half a day’s work to tear the couch apart and another half day to remove all the staples.

I never spoke to my grandmother again.

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 05:55 PM

David. It looks like keys are plastic.
Pretty hard on “Grandma” Stumpy.(She may have good furniture one day)
MY VISION is happening ! (Supposed to be cutting the lawn, BUT…..BUT….I’m sidetracked)
We are going to narrow up the carcass to 36” wide.
This will give me a desk about 54” H x 24” D at bottom, top is 14” D.
Make a few shelves top and bottom. The computor monitor will sit on top, leave the folding keyboard to cover computor keyboard, and make a couple of doors top and bottom. I MEAN HOW hard can that be ? THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN !

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#4 posted 05-06-2012 04:50 AM

Can’t wait to see what you do with the parts! Your “desk” idea looks super.

I still have piano parts from pianos that I disassembled 20+ years ago. I also have plans for the parts, but it seems there’s always something else to do!

After I disassembled part of one piano, I laid it on it’s back to continue. Being the weakling that I am, I’m really not certain how I managed to do that but there was no one else around to help me. Once I finished disassembling what I could with it on its back, I attempted to lift the remaining sound board and metal string assembly to flip it over but, alas, it was a useless effort. When a group of men were finally available, all they wanted to do was haul the remaining piece out to the alley and they wouldn’t give me sufficient time to remove the back laminations. I do, however, have many ivories and ebonies to use for inlays. (I’ve already used some to repair my own 90-year-old grand piano.)


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