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Project by JL7 posted 03-08-2014 11:31 PM 28738 views 195 times favorited 98 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure why, but this idea has been bouncing around for a long time now. It seemed simple enough since a keyboard is just basic lines…..

I did a little research to try and figure out what the standard sizes of the keys are…..and that’s a can of worms, so i picked some numbers and took pencil to paper…...wow, not as easy as it seems….without going into great detail, those little spaces between the keys screw up the math when going from the 3 key to 2 key pattern (I believe they are called the “accidental” keys)...

Anyways, I think I went through 5 designs before i settled on one:

Hard Maple and Black Walnut. I made up 4 unique blanks that would form the 2 different key patterns necessary:

And here is a glimpse of how the pattern works:

Original intent was to make the full size board and a cheese board (the mid size one) but had just enough material left to make the little bugger also, I think it will work as a trivet or a really little cutting board.

Those little rubber feet are from Lee Valley. I like them better than anything I can find locally…...

Many years ago, I knew how to play the piano, nowadays, all I can muster is chopsticks….

Thanks for looking!

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Edit 11/19/2016: A few more pics:

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA





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Roger

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 11:35 PM

Very cool

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#2 posted 03-08-2014 11:37 PM

now THAT ... is very unique! I love it!

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#3 posted 03-08-2014 11:40 PM

Those are AWESOME!!!

Only “Chopsticks” you say….
Then these aren’t cutting boards….
They are sushi platters!!!

Obviously you have waaaaay toooooo much time on your hands (notice the musical tie in?)....
How’s the job search going????

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 03-08-2014 11:41 PM

That’s great! We have two piano players in the house. This would be a great gift for their teacher.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 03-08-2014 11:43 PM

Just absolutely beautiful, Jeff. A rhapsody in wood.
Your design sense, ingenuity and woodworking skill are to be admired.
Some kitchen is going to be filled with the sight of music.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 03-08-2014 11:49 PM

Very cool build.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-08-2014 11:50 PM

Sweet build. Two of my kids play piano. Nicely done.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#8 posted 03-08-2014 11:54 PM

Oh now that’s clever and well executed.

Very nice.

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 12:01 AM

awesome idea!

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 12:10 AM

Now that’s cool! Would be neat to have them in the shape of a grand piano, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 12:13 AM

Thanks all….....really appreciate it!

Randy – can’t you see I’m a little too busy to be looking for a job!!

Good one Gene – the sight of music…......

Dean – I thought about cutting the big one out like a grand, but really want them to be usable. Not that it wouldn’t be usable, but awkward….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 03-09-2014 12:15 AM

very cool!!!

-- helen

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#13 posted 03-09-2014 12:26 AM

I like them a lot.
Great idea.
Thanks

-- Quicksilver

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#14 posted 03-09-2014 12:29 AM

Sweet music Jeff! Funny how the simplest looking projects can tie you in knots! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 03-09-2014 12:33 AM

that’s really awesome! keep up the good work

-- Instagram : StayReadyGearUSA

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