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Forum topic by DKV posted 01-14-2015 10:07 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2015 10:07 PM

1. Pianos are solid and heavy.
2. There are a lot of free pianos on Craigslist.

Has anyone taken a piano apart for the wood?

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 10:11 PM

Good question!

Were you thinking of taking one apart right in front of the person who’s mother bought it in 1954 and paid thousands to piano teachers for her kids etc, so that you could take it away in managable parts?

In any case, I wonder how much the iron frame weighs as a percentage of the total weight.


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#2 posted 01-14-2015 10:23 PM

Pianos are mostly veneered, so not much yield of solid wood. But using the parts as they are, pianos are great. Bars, office, music studios, I’ve seen all kinds of things built into an old piano.

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#3 posted 01-14-2015 10:24 PM

I haven’t taken one apart…. but have read about it.

Much of the surface woods are veneer. That and they say it is a lot of work, for a modest amount of wood.
I personally, just want to re-purpose one….
Into a “Piano Bar”!!!

EDIT: Dang, Earlex beat me to the punch!!!

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#4 posted 01-14-2015 10:36 PM

A piano bar does sound like a great idea!

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#5 posted 01-15-2015 02:08 AM

Here is a recent example of putting an old piano to a new use.

And here is another one…

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#6 posted 01-15-2015 03:18 AM

The main portion of the carcass for every piano I’ve seen has been veneered. Poplar cores seem common. The pin block is made from laminated maple and the rear structure is made from some hard and heavy wood.

I’ve never re-purposed a piano but I have done a lot of restoration work on them.

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