Piano project…

by Stephen Hobley on August 12, 2007

I’ve been looking for a piece of furniture to use in the living room to house the computer et al that drives the projector.

My friend was about to throw away an old player piano he had in his garage, and after looking at it, it occured to me that this would be perfect.

The first thing we had to do was remove the insides.


Some parts came out a lot easier than others. The piano was made by Vose and Sons in Boston, and by the serial number looks like it was part of a batch made in 1930. The whole thing runs on compressed air from belows in the base, powered by two fold out pedals. The only thing that gave us real problems was the iron “harp” that holds the strings.


All the tuning pegs had to be removed one at a time, and then the iron harp had to be cut into 3 pieces with an angle grinder.


Having taken almost everthing out we loaded onto Pete’s truck and took it home.

It spent about a week in the garage being cleaned with lemon oil, then re-stained and finally rubbed down with some polyurethane.

Some of the veneer is still loose, and needs to be glued, but now it looks a lot better.


Now I could start to strip down the digital piano and install the new keyboard into the old piano body. Some work was needed with a router to make enough room for the new keyboard.



This project is going to take a couple of weeks to complete – the worse thing I can do is rush it. Despite the piano’s size there isn’t a huge amount of space inside, and so everything needs to be placed very carefully.


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Pine Desk  October 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

veneers maybe necessary if you have very crooked teeth,.:

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