Piano to Desk Conversion

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Project by Todd posted 03-11-2019 04:29 PM 3579 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My lifelong friend brought this upright piano to me with the soundboard removed, keys removed, finish stripped, and assorted pieces of the piano. My commission was to convert the piano to a desk for his son who is a U.S. Marine and an accomplished piano player.

The original piano had a combination of veneer and solid wood which appears to be rosewood. The desktop, drawers, top, and lower raised panels are made from black walnut. The faux keys are made from hard maple and were carved using my DIY CNC machine, hand painted with acrylic, and sanded. The engraved emblem on the front and information plate on the back are made from african mahogany and were laser engraved using my CNC. The finishes used were clear shellac and water-based polyurethane.

The desk features a storage area underneath and behind the raised panel doors. There are also matching drawers with shelf space. There is an outlet above the desktop area between the drawers and a switch to control a recessed outlet under the top shelf that can accommodate a light mounted above the desktop.

Here are the before pictures:

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 03-11-2019 04:35 PM

Wow! Very nice conversion.

Did you remove the pin block or leave it in place?

-Paul (also in Huntsville)

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 03-11-2019 04:58 PM

Wow! Very nice conversion.

Did you remove the pin block or leave it in place?

-Paul (also in Huntsville)

- Ocelot

Hi Paul,

I’m not sure what the pin block is but there were no mechanicals left when my friend delivered it to me.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#3 posted 03-11-2019 05:08 PM

great job the perfect desk for a piano player,he’s gotta love it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 03-11-2019 05:22 PM

Great job!!! It still looks like you could sit down an play a tune.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 03-11-2019 08:18 PM

Incredible usage

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#6 posted 03-11-2019 09:53 PM

Great job!

-- Dale

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#7 posted 03-11-2019 11:14 PM

Aww Gee Whiz, just after my sister paid to have a junk dealer haul away mom’s old piano – I could have turned it into a computer desk. And JBA are my initials also.

Great job, very creative way to recycle a old piano. I have seen many turned into bars, and liquor cabinets, and entertainment centers, and gun safes, but this is the first piano desk that I have seen.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 03-12-2019 12:15 AM

Truly one of a kind. Very nicely done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 03-12-2019 01:08 AM

Very clever idea. I love the walnut and the maple keys. This is really nicely designed and finished. Great job!

-- AJ

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#10 posted 03-12-2019 02:33 AM


-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 03-12-2019 03:40 AM

Very clever and well executed. I really like the look of the finished black walnut.

Thanks for positing.

Bill in MI

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#12 posted 03-12-2019 04:45 AM

Very cool!! Nice work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 03-12-2019 05:09 AM


This is the nicest recycling of a piano that I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 03-12-2019 05:33 AM

beatiful works for sure, My wifes grandmother piano is out in the carport to be disposed of, to bad we have not room in the house.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 03-12-2019 02:05 PM

cool idea great use for otherwise scrap he should love it GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ DT3 & EC

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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