Stage piano

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Project by GaryK posted 04-03-2009 01:56 AM 3086 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A nephew asked me the other day if I could build a miniature piano that his school needed for a play they were going to put on.

It was a “Peanuts” play and it was needed for the scene with Linus playing and Lucy leaning against it. You can see that in the last picture.

It was made with one sheet of 12mm plywood from Lowes, and a piece of southern yellow pine for the legs.

The curved side just has a bunch of kerf cuts to allow it to bend. It was kind of nice being able to just throw something together without caring about the holes using a brad nailer since they were going to paint it anyway. From many feet away the audience won’t be able to see them anyway.

All together it took about 5 hours to make.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 02:01 AM

Schroeder my man, Schroeder. Linus has the dirty blanky. Just giving you trouble, Gary.

The first thing I thought was The Peanuts! The second thing I thought was, MAN, that’s a HUGE drill or a small piano. Looks nice. Is it covered underneath as well? Heavy?

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 02:08 AM

Very nice, Gary. So do you cut slits on the inside of the plywood to get it to wrap the sides?

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 02:12 AM

Copperjock – your question goes well with your signature :)

Gary – Very cool work. It’s so liberating to have a no-big-deal project like this. Stage work, and TV and movie props are often a mess up close. Even when you expect them to be bad, they’re often surprisingly worse than that. Knowing you, this is a solid, crisp, clean prop, though. I bet you’re the favorite uncle.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 02:33 AM

Gary a nice piano. What did you do for the keys.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 02:47 AM

Beautiful piece od stagecraft!

Next thing you know, Karson is going to want to know how it sounds. :-)

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2009 04:52 AM

Really a great job on the Piano!

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#7 posted 04-03-2009 06:32 AM


You’re a good man, Gary K.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 04-03-2009 11:47 AM

Rooly rooly good
So can ya play it?

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#9 posted 04-03-2009 12:24 PM

Reall nice looking prop – probably too good – I wonder if you have found a new carreer is prop making

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 04-03-2009 01:06 PM

You are one talented guy.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#11 posted 04-03-2009 03:37 PM

Great looking piano. Extra special piano because you did it for your nephew. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 04-03-2009 07:47 PM

Pretty cool Gary. I was wondering…in the play are they using an electric keyboard to place in the area where the keys typically are?

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 04-03-2009 11:43 PM

wa wanh wanh, wa wanh wanh wa

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#14 posted 04-04-2009 12:17 AM

Man, you must get a LOAD of requests…......................

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#15 posted 04-04-2009 02:42 PM

Gary, this is a nice project. It is always nice to be able to share the talents and abilities with which we have been gifted with our family and friends. Thanks for the story behind it as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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