Pianos, particularly older instruments, contain excellent pieces of shaped hardwood that may be very ornate or visually appealing. The wood of a piano will have become seasoned over the years and is unlikely to shrink in the future. So, an old piano that is beyond repair and no longer useful as a musical instrument can be used as a source of hardwood for constructing a characterful piece of furniture, such as a table.
Things You'll Need
- Piano parts
- Wood glue
Decide what part of the piano you are going to use for the legs of the table. Grand pianos typically have three detachable legs, which are a suitable length for a dining table's height. Upright pianos do not have such legs, so if you are using an upright piano for parts on this project, either make legs for the table out of material other than the piano, or consider using the legs of the piano bench. Most piano benches have four legs of coffee-table height. Older piano benches may have ornate legs that are ideal for making a shorter table.
Decide which part of the piano will form the table top. Upright pianos have many rectangular pieces of ornate or attractive wood that can be removed, cut to size and sanded down.
Detach, polish, and re-varnish the parts of the piano or bench you are using for the table top and table legs. Many grand pianos have legs attached to the body with large bolts, so the legs can be removed by loosening the bolts with a wrench. Legs from a piano bench, if they cannot be unscrewed, may need to be sawed off using a table saw or hand saw. Ensure that the legs for the table are of equal length and that any cuts are level and even. Cut the table top to the required size, if necessary, using a table or hand saw. Buff the table parts with lemon oil.
Attach the legs to the underside of the table top. Your table may have three or four legs, depending on the piano parts used. If using bolts or screws to attach the table legs, drill appropriate holes in the underside of the table top, about one hand's width in from the edges. Evenly space and attach the legs around the table top. If bolting or screwing the legs to the table top is not possible, attach the legs with wood glue. Apply a thin, even layer of wood glue to the end of the leg, and press the leg end onto the underside of the table. Apply a clamp over these two pieces to hold them in place while the glue dries--allow several hours.
Attach any glass you are using to the upper side of the table top. Voila, your piano-table is complete!
Tips & Warnings
- A grand piano has a lid in a characteristic shape (like a rectangle with a semicircle attached), which could become an asymmetric table top without any modification. For a visually impressive table, attach a large piece of glass on top of the body of the piano with the strings inside. The strings and piano mechanisms would be visible through the table-top glass.
- Smaller piano parts that are visually appealing can be inlaid into larger pieces of wood.
- Pianos are heavy. Use proper lifting techniques when moving or dismantling any piano.
- Photo Credit piano image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.com
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