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Forum topic by Dark_Lightning posted 10-09-2013 01:40 AM 909 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2013 01:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak question veneering

Old pianos end up in the land fill due to being so difficult to dismember, and aren’t worth much where I live. I’ve seen a couple recently for sale, and they’ve had some incredible QSWO veneer on them. I don’t recall if there is an easy way to get the veneer off, but it seems to me that I had seen a way here. Maybe it’s just my imperfect memory. SO. Is there a way to remove that beautiful veneer from an old piano, without trashing the veneer?

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 09:58 PM

I can’t possibly imagine anyone throwing a piano in a landfill, unless it was in a fire.

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 11:51 PM

We bought an old upright piano from the music department at our kids school a few years ago. Someone had donated it to the school and they didn’t need it anymore. It was painted an off-white color, but inside is some really nice looking curly maple veneer. I have no idea why someone would have painted over it because the best veneer is probably under the paint. One of these days, I may try to strip off the paint and re-finish it.

I have no suggestions as to removing the veneer. Heat should loosen it if it was put on with hide glue. There may also be some good hardwood timbers (about 4”x4”x48”) in the back.

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