Cherry player piano bench

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Project by ytsejamr posted 1538 days ago 4237 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friends needed a bench for a player piano that they got for free. I designed a fairly simple cherry bench to match the fairly simple style of the piano.

We both found this site that talks about propping up the seat on a player piano to give you better leverage when pedaling. So with help from Sketchup, I came up with bench props that flip up and raise the back of the bench an inch and a half.

I did traditional mortise and tenon for the first time! I used a dado blade for the tenons and used my router for the mortises.

The finish is a couple gel stains (java and red something or other). Seal coat of shellac first of course. Then I sprayed Target Coatings water based lacquer for the first time. After a few coats that were too light, I got the right amount going and I think it turned out ok.

So yeah, it’s a simple design, but it needed to match the piano.

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#1 posted 1538 days ago

Excellent work.

I had forgotten that piano benches used to often provide a flip-up feature. I think that is much less common today. It’s still a great idea.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 1538 days ago

The bench props are a great added detail. Well thought out there, and I’m sure they’ll be appreciated for their usefulness as well.

Nice to see you were willing to explore new joinery options by going with the mortises and tenons.

Do you have any pictures of it alongside the piano it was built to complement?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Walt M.

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#3 posted 1538 days ago

Outstanding work I really like that top good choice of wood.

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#4 posted 1538 days ago

I forgot to bring my camera with me when I delivered it. But I’m sure I”ll visit again in the future, so I’ll be sure to get a picture.

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#5 posted 1538 days ago

Nice, any pictures of the bench with the piano?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 1538 days ago

Gorgeous bench. The wood turned out beautifully.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 1538 days ago

Beautiful bench great job

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1538 days ago

Very cool and I like the option for the tilting! well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 1538 days ago


-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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#10 posted 1537 days ago

Wow, what a beautyful and fine work. I like it very much, thank you for posting!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#11 posted 1537 days ago

Really a great looking bench, well done.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#12 posted 1537 days ago

man looks great…love the cherry…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#13 posted 1222 days ago

I love the purple tint of the top, and a really great balance of subdued but fine design.

Also your pictures are a nice motivation for learning and setting up proper lighting and background…

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#14 posted 611 days ago

Very nice —and durable —- would love to get a set of plans for a bench like yours.


-- Bob, Stillwater,MN

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