This is a piano bench from my church that has clearly seen better days.
I’m going to try to put it back together and also make it stronger than it was before because I can see it has already been repaired once.
I started with pulling apart as much would come. Some of that you can see in the first picture and here it is the rest of the way.
I need a little advice on this.
- First, I think the bottom piece is just supposed to float and not be glued in. It was glued in in the previous repair however. Should I try to get it out so it can float, should I glue it the rest of the way around, or should I leave the 3 sides loose?
- Second, I think I should start with gluing the leg back together and then attaching those 3 sides to the other side. Is that right or should I glue it up all at once?
- Third, in order to make it stronger I was thinking of adding a 1×3 as a sort of skirt around the bottom of the bench. The spot you can see in this picture is almost exactly 3/4” x 2 1/2” so the board would fit nicely against those notches in the legs.
I think most of the problem is from kids rocking back and forth while they sit on it so I want to give it a little more strength against rocking.
As always, comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated and I will post more as I make more progress.
-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com