|Project by NJBirdman||posted 01-08-2015 01:35 PM||2486 views||17 times favorited||29 comments|
About a year ago I was contacted by my third grade teacher, (I am 31 now and probably have not talked to her since third grade!) she had heard through some relatives that i was doing some woodworking on the side. The project she had in mind was to convert this very old piano into a hope chest. The piano had a cracked sound board which renders them almost useless. After looking at the piece I told her it would be no problem, her only concern was that the upper, hand carved portion of the piano stay intact. She gave me no time frame, and told me no pressure…...really.
Here are some pics of the process, after completion I realized there weren’t nearly enough photos taken. I ran into many speed bumps, which taught me quite a bit along the way. The piano is mainly constructed from poplar with a quarter sawn mahogany or sapele veneer. The base is also veneered except for the profile which is solid. Everything except for the lid/top came from the piano. The lid is constructed out of sapele to match the original veneer. Figuring out how to make the grain run straight through the top with no interruptions was challenging. Clamping the sides together in order to increase the depth of the piece was also difficult, notice the custom clamping blocks! I lined the inside with aromatic cedar and delivered the finished project 2 days before Christmas! She loved it and hope you guys do as well. The stain is minwax red mahogany, sprayed old masters semi gloss for the top coat 4-5 coats on the entire piece.
*Comments, criticism, advice all are welcome
Some framing for the bottom.
Prepping the inside for cedar.
Attaching the top and installing the cedar.
-- --Denver-- Any society that will give up a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.