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Project by kiefer posted 07-24-2014 08:03 PM 1749 views 5 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A grand piano box that is a design I have fallen in love with and I am currently making more with design changes and improvements as I go.
One change I made is the thickness of the plywood and I am using 3/8” for the next two as I would like a thinner side which got a little heavy with adding the 1.5mm veneers to 1/2” ply.
The box is a kerf bent construction design for the body that is veneered with shop cut birch and walnut veneer .
The lid is a 5mm ply core with walnut veneer on both face and back sides and a maple edge and I carried this color combination into the leg and strecher .
The keyboard is made up of 88 induvidual maple and walnut keys glued to a backing strip and accented with grooves cut with a small dowel saw and likely the most intricate part .
I explored the use of small coil springs as hinges since I could no find barrel hinges in a suiteble size and it worked out well and is a inexpensive alternative .
The last picture is of the simple jig used for this .
The liner is a red upolstery cloth and the finish BLO with a beeswax polish .
Size is about 12”W x10 1/2” D x4” H.

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 07-24-2014 08:08 PM

This is simply ”Grand” !! What a great piece. Can’t wait to see the revisions…...nice.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 07-24-2014 08:11 PM

Keep busy my man.

Great looking boxes. Can they hold a tune?

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 08:13 PM

Klaus…...great piece! Are you considering putting in a music box movement? The details are wonderful, especially the keyboard. All you need is a little bench and a stuffed chipmunk in a tux…ha!

-- jbschutz

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 08:14 PM

And as a music box?

-- tim hill

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#5 posted 07-24-2014 08:33 PM

Wow! Impressive. Gonna make somebody happy.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#6 posted 07-24-2014 08:35 PM

This is different, as always, well done Kiefer!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 07-24-2014 08:49 PM

Wonderful! I would put one of my dolls at a bench there. Great piece!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#8 posted 07-24-2014 08:56 PM

Klaus, that is an amazing box I love it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 07-24-2014 09:15 PM

That sure is a box of a different tune. Super idea with springs as the hinges. Where’s the bench? Lol Nicely done Klaus.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 07-24-2014 09:20 PM

Fantastic Klaus and it looks great with all those beautiful flowers.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 07-24-2014 10:20 PM

Nicely done!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 07-24-2014 11:19 PM

That is really impressive.
My gosh, how do you get this all done?

Nice photo work too.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 07-24-2014 11:49 PM

This is truly impressive. Thanks for posting a picture of your jig so I can understand how this is made. Really nice work!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 07-24-2014 11:54 PM

I love it!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 07-24-2014 11:58 PM

Gives new meaning to “Baby” grand! Great looking piano!

-- Dean

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