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Forum topic by Sac posted 07-20-2008 03:01 PM 1306 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2008 03:01 PM

Good morning LumberJocks!
As some of you know I got a couple of piano’s this past week. the last one I took completely apart. The strings were rusted in many areas. the felt was gone, key parts missing or broken. It was a job. Took about 5 hours all togather. No veneer anywhere. all wood. Some solid orther pieces glued togather. But I now know what makes them so dad gummed heavy. It is the brass piece that puts all the strings in place and then there was the solid piece of wood glued togather at the top. One massive block 7 inches deep x 8 inches wide and about 7 foot long. Some decent wood but as most of you had mentioned and where right. It wasn’t worth the trouble. yea there was some good wood there but very little. I would venture to say that 60% of it will be decent support /internal wood for projects. Some good for inlay such as the flat and sharp keys. The regular keys are covered in some type of a hard white material. I don’t think it is ivory but it could be. My mistake these keeys are veneered with this white material. It almost feel like bone but then again it also feels like a plastic.

As I was taking this piano apart I cam across a resident of the piano. The web was nothing like I had every seen from one of these creatures. And with all my heart I was totally amazed by it’s size! I had never seen a Black Widow this big. Legs and all she could have out stretched a quater easily but no where near the size of a .50 cent piece. Here are some pictures of her. She was upside down at the back side near the bottom of the piano and she tried to run. I wished I had enough sense to put an item next to her for you to compare her size with.

Have a great Day!

Black Widow

Black Widow

Black Widow

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 07-20-2008 03:29 PM

WOW! that is a heck of a find!
so what did you do with her?

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#2 posted 07-20-2008 03:47 PM

If the spider is still alive, I’ll buy it from you. I have some people on a “List” that I’d like to send it to.
The key’s could be made of bake-o-lite(sp) ? At least that’s what someone told me, “I” have no idea, they only thing I can play is the radio, and that’s digital. Hey thanks for the timber-man’s address, our grand-daughter #1/2 is here for another 2 week’s. so who knows whats going to happen..Talk about culture shock. Our youngest is 29, and now we have a 3 1/2 year old….need I say more. Will be back in touch in a day or two. Joe

-- Makers of fine butcher shop saw dust.

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#3 posted 07-20-2008 03:54 PM

Yikes! Sac, I am certainly getting a spider education from your posts. The last time you posted about the brown recluse, it was either that day or the day after I found a nest of them in my barn that I almost cleaned out with my hand. (I put the brakes on that!) Thanks

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 07-20-2008 04:07 PM

Wow Jerry!

Sorry to hear you did a lot of work for so little gain but I am certainly happy you did not get bitten by this “Lady”


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-20-2008 05:32 PM

Ewww! The grossest and most dangerous of all spiders! I don’t think I would want to get close enough to it to even hit it with a shoe! I would just spray insect killer all over it and hope it dies!


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#6 posted 07-22-2008 04:43 AM

Wow, you don’t see many of them that size. Rare, but very dangerous. Don’t get bit if you wanna keep posting.

-- Steve-o

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#7 posted 07-22-2008 04:46 AM

I just started thinking – what is under my desk!!! Yikes!

-- John

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#8 posted 07-22-2008 04:50 AM

Where I lived in California that would be considered a medium sized black widow.
I’ve taken care of thousands of them along with brown recluse’s.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 07-22-2008 05:14 AM

Funny you had me scared about the spider that bit you, here in California the Black Widow is common, I have never seen a Brown Recluse. There are a number of webs in my metal building which houses my wood shop. They are so common they don’t bother me I spray as needed, at night I go in the building when they come out to the middle of their webs and I spray. As a joke I put a picture of a Black Widow on my cell phone that shows up on the screen when my wife calls, she didn’t think it was as funny as I did.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#10 posted 07-22-2008 05:16 AM

RAH wrote: she didn’t think it was as funny as I did

They never do.

-- John

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