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#1 posted 11-15-2012 10:44 PM

You know, thinking about it a little more, there is some material on a piano you could easily incorporate into new work. For instance…

On an old upright, usually the most figured and beautiful veneer was reserved for what’s called the music desk, which is the large rectangular piece above the keys, and the kickboard, which is the large rectangular piece below the keys. Both of those are easily over four feet wide and around two feet high, and about 3/4” to 7/8” thick. You could easily take those off and inset those panels into a desk or table. You could also use the lid of the piano for something, though usually the veneer is not nearly as pretty on the lid. The old lacquer finish on pianos comes off with stripper fairly easily, and because of the thickness of the veneer you can do some sanding…

Hope this helps—sounds like a cool idea.

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