Entryway Table with Piano Action board

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Project by GravyBones posted 04-21-2015 01:01 PM 3133 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this from African Utile and Mahogany. I used plate glass as somewhere to put your keys and such when you come into the front door. I sanded the base with 60 grit and left it bare. The Utile wood is really nice just plain and unfinished. The removable trays near the piano hammers are mahogany with glass bottoms. The Piano action board is from a piano made in 1900-1910. I called the piece Reaction because I am repurposing the piano action board.


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#1 posted 04-21-2015 07:51 PM

I think it’s a cool idea and the base looks good, but having grown up near Tipp City I can’t with good conscience speak favorable of anything in that city. :)

-- --Zach

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 08:24 PM

I think it s a cool idea and the base looks good, but having grown up near Tipp City I can t with good conscience speak favorable of anything in that city. :)

- TraylorPark

I just joined. I know no matter where you go “there’s always that person”, but I’d like to think this forum isn’t filled with a bunch of haters. I’m not from Tipp City, just moved here in 2011, but still…

I think it’s just an Ohio thing. I find people here are mostly hateful, probably has to do with Dayton. Anyways if you grew up around here, that explains it.


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#3 posted 04-21-2015 10:09 PM

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 10:16 PM

That is really creative… cool!

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#5 posted 04-21-2015 10:19 PM

Very cool, shows imagination.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 10:22 PM

That’s a neat looking antique and you have repurposed it very we’ll. I’ve never heard of utile. Welcome to LJ.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 04-21-2015 10:23 PM

Great way to repurpose….
Nicely done!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 04-21-2015 10:44 PM

Todd—Very clever repurposing of the piano’s action. My stepfather has a full piano action just sitting around in his house, not earning its keep at all. I will send him this project to see what it possible. Great job!

Welcome to LJs. I look forward to your posting more projects.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 04-21-2015 10:50 PM

Cool table . I realize there nothing for them to strike, but do the keys/hammers still function?

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#10 posted 04-21-2015 10:53 PM

Oh, almost forgot… WELCOME to LJs !

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#11 posted 04-21-2015 11:03 PM

Nice project and welcome to lumberjocks also follow crickets link lots of good people in that thread.

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#12 posted 04-21-2015 11:11 PM

Well, you keyed in on a very nice project.
I couldn’t care less what town you live in. A sincere welcome to LJs.

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#13 posted 04-21-2015 11:23 PM


That is so neat of a restore into something different. Also a big hearty welcome. I most of the time go here > where everyone is great and very helpful. So click on the link and come chat.

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#14 posted 04-21-2015 11:39 PM

Ha…your hater friend should come to DeKalb, Tx. If nothing else, we could teach him some manners
Welcome to the only place to be. Good stuff here. A few cockroaches like you have witnessed but, great people. Looks like you have experience we might learn from.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 04-22-2015 12:08 AM

What a unique piece! As an entryway table, it’s sure to get conversations going soon as guests step in the door. It’s a great idea what you did there.

I also checked out your blog at You make some really nice stuff. I can only imagine the patience you must have to do all that fancy lettering.

I’ve never been to Tipp or anywhere near, but it looks to me like at lease one quite talented artist. I hope you’ll follow Cricket’s link and join us. We never have anything bad to say about anything or anybody, ever.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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