Timber Frame Rustic Piano

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Project by Bieser posted 164 days ago 1533 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

~I have not posted a project in a while and have made many but this is one that I love as it came from my mind, lots of hard work and definitely a little blood, you all know how that goes.

Well I have currently been into building rustic and unique furniture, this one is both. I love the lines of Grand Pianos. And I thought “Why not?” After some dreaming I acquired a digital keyboard took the guts out of it, jumped in with both feet and built a piano around it. I have been back to the basics with wood choices and have been getting Douglas fir with the more character the better. I feel the knots and imperfections make things fun. I have been sorting through the lumber pile taking what everyone else didn’t want. I even found one with a bullet lodged in it and decided it would be great for the leg. I used thru mortises with deer sheds to lock the legs against the shoulder. I have not finished this yet with the stain and I know the is “Finished Projects” Please don’t flame me I figured some would like to see this before it gets very dark in color. And I couldn’t wait to post this as I have been working on this for months. I can tell you this was more challenging than I could have imagined. I thought bending the curve would be the hard part, “lots of steam.” I thought I was home free after this, boy was I wrong! fitting the little stuff was the most challenging part. It took some creative thinking to make this disassemble for service of the key board. It was nice and smooth then I took some chains, chisels and a hammer to it to put some “age and character on it”

I kind of screwed up the posting and ended up with two, sorry. Here is the link back to the finished piano.


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#1 posted 164 days ago

This is an amazing piece of work! Kudos! Post pictures after you’ve finished it as well.

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#2 posted 164 days ago

Spudhogg, thanks for the kind words.

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#3 posted 164 days ago

Very nice indeed. Well done. Thanks for Sharing.


-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#4 posted 164 days ago

Wow, that’s a very ambitious project and it turned out great.

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

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#5 posted 164 days ago

Love it.

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#6 posted 164 days ago

Funny thing was, I was checking out at the lumber yard and a guy in line with me asked what I was building and I told him a “Grand Piano” He looked at me funny and then started laughing. If any of you were in line with me … here it is.

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#7 posted 164 days ago

This is so awesome.
I love your line about building a grand piano.
Back in my home construction days someone invariably said “it ain’t a piano” (or church….or bar) when their work wasn’t quite perfect. Your material choices make this pretty ironic.
Thanks for sharing.

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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#8 posted 164 days ago

Time well spent!

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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#9 posted 163 days ago

Very impressive. I love the imagination.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#10 posted 163 days ago

wow, that is so beautiful, amazing job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#11 posted 163 days ago

Cool project. Well done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 163 days ago

Coachschroeder that is funny. It is very much an ironic piano

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#13 posted 163 days ago

Wow! what a conversation piece. It’s a beautiful build.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#14 posted 163 days ago

A clever idea too,now all you have to do is learn to play it LOL . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 163 days ago

This is the most unique project I’ve seen posted, it will be hard to top.
Great job.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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