Removing 2" from height of Piano Bench

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01-10-2014 05:59 PM

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Hey folks….

So, a client contacted me and asked if I could remove about 2” in height from her Piano bench. She purchased a new cushion and it’s raised everything up.

From what I can see from the pictures, all joints are glued and the only way I can see being able to remove 2” is to dis-assemble the whole thing so I can trim the 2” off each leg at the Mitre Saw.

Does anyone have an idea on how to accomplish what I need to do without destroying this thing?


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 07:14 PM

I would cut the legs flush with the base then chop mortises into the base. I would trim down the leg the required amount while leaving a tenon that could be reinserted into the base. Glue it up and you’re good to go. Someone with more experience than me probably has a better idea though.

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 07:40 PM

Is there another pic that shows how the legs attach to the bottom of the seat? Maybe you’d get lucky and they attach there like most modern tables or benches in which case a couple of seconds with a screwgun should take them apart.

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 08:44 PM

Make a two inch gash in the floor in front of the piano or chuck out her new cushion.
Imagine altering furniture because you bought a cushion what on earth is happening to the world ? Have we no clear thinkers anymore ? Short term-ism is what she suffers from The old woodworking bench could still be here in two hundred years if you leave it alone.Or buy a cheap smaller one to last till eventually the day comes when ,
the lady gets fatter and the cushion gets flatter .Then she will phone you to add two inches to her cut up bench. LOL Alistair

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 08:46 PM

Agree with trying the seat end first. Even if there aren’t screws, just going by your photo it looks like much less effort than shortening at the base end. I had a very crappy workbench I shortened that had a base sort of like that, and I wanted to tackle it from the top but could not. What I did was idiotic because I was a more of an idiot then than I am now. Not much more but enough.

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 08:49 PM

Couldn’t you cut 2” out of the all the legs, at the top, bottom or even middle, then drill out space in the middle for a steel rod or 1” hardwood dowel? Reassemble with the now-shorter legs reinforced in this manner. Sand and touch up the finish on the spot where you cut. If not, I’m with JustJoe—make your cuts where the legs meet the feet, take 2” off there then reassemble either with M&T or screw up through the feet into the legs.

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 08:50 PM

I think it wood (would) be easier to put a 2 inch block of wood under each corner of the piano. lol

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 10:33 PM

It’s update time….

So, I went to see the lady with full intentions of mumbling some excuse about it being too difficult or something like that but when she flipped it over, all excuses except ‘I don’t want to’ went out the window. This is too easy. Three screws per side held the leg assembly to the seat and all joints were already loose.

After a quick dis-assembly, I discovered that it had already been modified before and held together with rather massive screws. I took it apart, whacked 2 3/4” off each leg and reassembled.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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