I actually glued up the top more than a year ago from some old growth Oak that I had salvaged. Therein lies the story; not long after my wife and I were married and moved into our house we were offered an old upright Piano for free. My wife was a voice major in college and of course jumped at the opportunity. All I had to do was drive up to Jekyll Island Georgia to retrieve it; however that was easier said than done. Have you ever seen one of those huge old uprights? This Piano had Mfg. date on the sound board of 1903. This thing was about 5’ 6” high by ~6’ long and boy was it heavy (took six people to move it) but it sure was pretty.
It was old growth oak veneered with amazing tiger striped Oak; the keys were actual Ebony and Ivory. Well, you get the picture. Fast forward a few years and it’s 2004; we suffer the painful loss of our house and all the contents in a fire. The piano was badly scorched and completely ruined with water damage. Two days before demolition began I went back into the wreckage of our home and recovered as much of the old growth Oak as I could. It was just me, the soot, lots of mold & mildew and a few hand tools. some of it was single pieces and some were glued up panels from different parts of the instrument; such as the lid. I let them dry out at my parents house for several months then planed the scorched veneer off and found the most beautiful fine grained Oak I’ve ever seen. It has worm holes in a couple of places and other “character” marks. I went ahead an glued it up into a large panel waiting for the right use. My wife will get this desk to use for her sewing and crafts and to remember what we have both lost and gained.
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