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Project by KnickKnack posted 790 days ago 5155 views 18 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was going to be a “quick, fun and easy” project – everyone knows pianos are dead easy to build, right?

Well, it was fun, but it was neither quick nor easy.
I did the research so it would be “anatomically correct” and discovered that all those gaps for the black keys were actually slightly differently placed within the white keys. And there’s a gap between the white keys. And there’s a gap between the white keys and the black keys. And strange angles on the black keys. And interesting contouring on the white keys. I stared at a lot of pictures. But I think it came out looking pretty much like a keyboard, which was obviously the basic idea.
The wife’s comment – “Does it need a key to open it?”

Ash and fumed oak. Life-sized. Linseed oil finish.

All comments, jokes, musical interludes etc etc – most welcome.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 790 days ago

Pretty cool project. I have an uncle who has a Grand in their home that is an amazing player. Might have to consider this. I think I might try to use india black ink for the keys. Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 789 days ago

A really nice project, I’d love to see more details on the building :)

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#3 posted 789 days ago

The resemblance is striking. Probably took a lot of fine tuning to look this great.

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#4 posted 789 days ago

I like it! Your posting title is pretty clever…...looks like a lot of work, but will always draw the comments. Nicely done.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#5 posted 789 days ago

“Sing us a song, you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we’re all in the mood for a fancy new box
And you’ve got us feelin’ alright”

Consider the idea stolen.
Nice touch on the front lip of the white keys.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

#6 posted 789 days ago

Great job and idea

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#7 posted 789 days ago

You had me going:) I was thinking, now I know the guy’s good, but THIS I gotta see!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 789 days ago

Good eye for transitioning from full size to, uh, full size. did you tell your wife it was in the key of C or something?

Well done design and build.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 789 days ago

Vewry unique and original design for a box. I definitely think it is very nice and most certainly alot of thought went into its design.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#10 posted 789 days ago

That is a unique and well done box- your finish looks amazing too.

Well done,

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#11 posted 789 days ago

very cool !

but wait…. no Genuine Ebony keys?? j/k ;)

awesome idea

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 789 days ago

Outstanding!That’s something new!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 789 days ago

Very creative, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#14 posted 789 days ago

Great Box. Now to find a musical movement and have Piano Man put on it.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 789 days ago

Judging by the comments, it is a hit.

Great looking box, and very creative.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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