Baby Baby Baby Grand Piano

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Project by USCJeff posted 12-23-2011 07:55 PM 1417 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s that time of year again. My 6 year old daughter, Hannah, is into American Girl Dolls for about the last year. Kanani is pictured in the main shot in her Christmas dress. Hannah has the matching dress as part of her Christmas presents. Her teacher at school had the kids write down what they would like in a “holiday” gift. She wrote down a “dolll Peeano, because I like Peeano”. Got to love 1st graders sounding out words to spell.

The hardwood was a species similar to maple, but I don’t think it was. Not sure which, but it’s a painted so who cares really so long as it can hold an edge? The body of the piano was cut to shape. I cut the lid of it from the body at this point. I made a hardboard template to guide the router in hollowing out the belly. Similar process in making the recess for the keys.

I found a large spool of the wire in our craft closet and used it to mimic the strings of the real deal. Stopped short of making the hammers though. I wanted it to be able to open and close so I used some tiny hinges. Used two for the lid which opens slightly beyond perpendicular. I used another for the prop.

The legs are simply tapered the same amount on all 4 sides. Each are attached by dowels to the bottom of the piece. The support with the pedals has two vertical coves running the length. I drilled holes on the bottom that left half the drill bit drilling air to create a half circle on the bottom. I glued in round dowels into the half circles. Once dried, I sanded the Dowels flat on bottom and used sandpaper to shape the petals slightly.

The keys were a little tedious. I started by penciling all of the lines for the crevices between the white keys. Using a fine saw and a block to help keep the cut on line I lightly scored all the pencil marks. This still left some fuzzy lines here and there. I used a piece of sandpaper and an angled scrap of wood to sand the crevices smoother. The black keys are hardboard sprayed black. Gluing these was not so fun. It took a little effort to clamp a board across them to secure them while drying without moving them in the process.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 10:34 PM

I love it ! I did one of these for my oldest Daughter in 1998 except I I installed a small electronic keyboard making it functional. Great job !

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 12:08 AM

Great job i love it. Im sure she will enjoy it for years to come.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 01:32 AM

From another AGD builder this is AWESOME. Now that I showed to my daughter guess what she wants?

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 04:56 AM

Very nice!

If she keeps an interest in the peeano, you better start saving a real peeano!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 08:37 AM


-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-24-2011 02:32 PM

Great job on the piano, Dad. She’ll really love it.


-- 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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#7 posted 12-26-2011 08:01 AM

Got to love Grandparents. Had our extended family Christmas today. While I’m sure she’ll appreciate the work in a project like this in later years (6 is a bit young for the concept of work and reward), it’s hard to compete with Grandma gone wild. It’s safe to say the AG company will be in business at least a couple more months based on what I saw being opened today. I’m grateful she’s loved, but it’s harder to teach being grateful for what she has when she has when many “wants” become reality reguarly. So far so good. Love you Mom if you’re reading this! You and Dad are great examples. You’ve more than earned the right to spoil them! :)

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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