Piano Bench

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Project by Eric Haltom posted 05-03-2018 02:12 PM 1246 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife decided to take up piano and I thought to myself… hey this is an opportunity to build something rather nice. So I built this piano bench with walnut and maple inlays. It utilizes a piano hinge and friction stays. The design was my own and I don’t know that my design falls any where in a specific style or not. As you will see under the lid there is a bit of a lift in there and that is so that when the lid is opened it will not hit the legs which protrude beyond the rails.

I used mortise and tenon joinery. I cut the tenons on the table saw, but the mortises were hand chiseled.

All in all I am pretty pleased with the project.

I’d say the one thing I would like to do better is that the legs and top (resawn) are out of 8/4 walnut and the rails are from 4/4 walnut. When I started to mill the boards I started noticing the color difference between the woods. Next time I’ll take a block plane to the hardwood dealer.

For the finish, I used General Finishes satin Arm-R-Seal

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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#1 posted 05-03-2018 03:30 PM

masterpiece,great work

-- bambi

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#2 posted 05-03-2018 04:38 PM

masterpiece,great work


Thank you Bambi!!

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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#3 posted 05-03-2018 06:12 PM

Great looking piece of work!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#4 posted 05-04-2018 12:35 PM

Really pleasant looking proportions and beautiful craftsmanship. I like the slightly different coloured boards – gives the piece a truly unique look of something handmade and not commercial blandness.

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#5 posted 05-16-2018 09:08 PM

Wow! Just love the maple inlay. Subdued, but perfect with the piece! Well done Sir!

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#6 posted 05-16-2018 10:57 PM

Wow! Just love the maple inlay Eric. Subdued elegance, but perfect for the piece! Well done Sir!

- Ed77

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