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Project by DerekJ posted 06-15-2016 08:19 PM 1122 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s!

This was quite a fun project for me to tackle over the past few months! I got a free piano from Craigslist and decided – after much deliberation – to turn it into a bar! The piano was manufactured in Boston in or around 1917 by Poole Piano, a well-known American piano maker.

The project has around 140+ hours into it – most of which was spent stripping, sanding and cleaning. My favorite part about the whole thing is that I wired the pedal on the right to be the light switch.

I also removed broken and chipped veneer and then salvaged veneer from other parts of the piano to re-veneer the piece. The hinges and other brass pieces were all cleaned and polished; the pedals and casters were removed and sandblasted and re-painted. The piano is finished with a semi-gloss General Finishes Oil and Urethane Top Coat.

The only things that aren’t from the original piano:

1) Rounded side veneer – purchased that and mixed stain until I had a close color match (The original was totally shot – cracked, nailed, ripped, holes, etc)
2) The glass shelf and lighting
3) The wooden piece in the bottom to hide the dead spaces.
4) Granite slab bar surface

I hope you enjoy, and feel free to take a look at this photo album to see all my progress pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/3s54J2TUUbxCHjRP7

I’ll happily answer any questions!

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE





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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 06-15-2016 11:39 PM

Your piano bar turned out great! I’ve seen these before, and have really liked the idea, and it’s nice to see another one.

In addition to the Knob Creek, it’s gonna need some more bourbon!

-- Dean

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Deb

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#2 posted 06-16-2016 07:01 AM

nice job!

-- always learning

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inthetrees

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#3 posted 06-16-2016 11:12 AM

This is killer,it was well worth the labor,an absoultly beautiful piece of work

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#4 posted 06-16-2016 01:20 PM

Awesome

-- Vince

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DerekJ

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#5 posted 06-16-2016 02:48 PM

Thanks for the kind comments! I’m keeping my eyes out for another piano… I never liked parking in the garage anyway!

Mean_Dean – I’m not necessarily proud of my liquor collection… yet …but now that I have a classy place to store it, I’ll have to start buying quality instead of just affordable ;)

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#6 posted 06-16-2016 03:08 PM

Nice! I have the piano, that has sat in our basement for years, but my wife say NO! So now my bar is the top of a file cabinet. Not very impressive….

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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DerekJ

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#7 posted 06-16-2016 03:25 PM



Nice! I have the piano, that has sat in our basement for years, but my wife say NO! So now my bar is the top of a file cabinet. Not very impressive….

- PaulDoug

I assume you’ve presented pictures of cool ones to her already? Does she play it? My wife and I both play piano so it was a little difficult for me to tear into it but she LOVES the finished product :)

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#8 posted 06-16-2016 04:39 PM

Very cool!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#9 posted 06-16-2016 05:07 PM

Nice thinking! Lacking the imagination, I would have spent a fortune in time and money trying to restore the old piano. There should be a good market for the leftover parts.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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DerekJ

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#10 posted 06-16-2016 06:33 PM



Nice thinking! Lacking the imagination, I would have spent a fortune in time and money trying to restore the old piano. There should be a good market for the leftover parts.

- fatman51

I wouldn’t even know where to go about selling the parts. The keys are not ivory, although the black are real ebony.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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metolius

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#11 posted 06-16-2016 06:52 PM

The lighting really adds highlights its essence !

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 06-16-2016 06:56 PM

It’s very unusual and nicely done. Congratulations on a nice project.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 06-17-2016 08:46 PM

great job that is one cool bar,its a great repurposing of something past its prime and will now live on for many years to come,and make many a happy night.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 06-17-2016 08:55 PM

Have you considered putting glass over the wires? Seems like a potential dust magnet.

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#15 posted 06-18-2016 12:07 PM

Hey Derek! it’s Jonathan from OWS, this thing rocks!

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