A couple of piano key boxes

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 11-02-2007 10:46 PM 8723 views 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were invited to a birthday barbecue at very short notice. My wife asked if I’d any ideas for a gift. The intended recipient is a keyboard player and I’d recently taken the guts out of a mid-1930’s Eavestaff mini piano as it was beyond all hope. (I’ve installed a Korg electric piano in the old body – it looks just the same and never needs tuning). Anyway, I had the idea of using some of the old keys as the lid for a CD box & this was the result. It was hastily put together & the glue was hardly set when we presented it.

When my wife saw the result, she was keen that I did another as there was a space on her dressing table for just one more box. The third picture shows the version I made for her.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 11-02-2007 10:57 PM

What fun. It made me grin from ear to ear.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 11-02-2007 11:01 PM

Thanks Steve. I’m pleased I’ve made someone happy!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 11-02-2007 11:47 PM

Stewart -

Very cool design – I love it! Boxes are so interesting. The piano keys scream out there is music inside!



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#4 posted 11-03-2007 12:13 AM

I had picked up an old upright piano from my bro-in-law years ago with hopes of restoring it. It had been involved in a house fire and although unburnt and intact, all the hyde glue had dried in the intense heat and the thing was falling apart everytime I touched it! So I eventually scrapped it for the parts and those have since gone where-ever. Never thought of using the keys as you have though! Makes for a nice “music” box!

An interesting find was the 6 mason jars stashed in the bottom! Guess they needed a “little sunshine” in church!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 11-03-2007 01:15 AM

That’s pretty neat, Stewart.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 11-03-2007 01:39 AM

Very clever and very nice. Great dowel joinery! I will have to try that.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 11-03-2007 01:43 AM

What great gifts boxes make, they take just enought time to enjoy giving them. Great idea as well.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#8 posted 11-03-2007 01:51 AM

Stewart, those boxes are just fantastic. I have never thought of using piano keys like this. Just great creativeness.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 11-03-2007 01:59 AM

Very impressive box Stewart. I think that using the piano keys is very clever, what I would call “thinking outside the box”.

I can only imagine the smile that must have been on the face of the recipient. I can’t decide which I like better – the pinned joinery or the dovetail. Both are beautiful!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-03-2007 02:10 AM

Very cool!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 11-03-2007 04:45 AM

These are wonderful boxes Stewart. Imaginative and well crafted. I love pieces like this that transition something old into something new. Thanks so much for posting them.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 11-03-2007 06:22 AM

Very neat idea. People just love getting boxes.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 11-03-2007 02:08 PM

Very creative Stewart. Can’t wait to see what you come up with when you’ve got an old harp laying around!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 11-03-2007 04:41 PM




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