Baby Grand Piano Bookcase Conversion

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Project by Freed62 posted 10-04-2019 02:08 AM 1311 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a big build! Commissioned by a friend to turn a Baby Grand Piano with a damaged sound board into a book case for their music room.

I started by stripping the piano, build up the frame what help the sound board, veneered the inside with mahogany to match the outside. Inset the shelves. Built out arches and used the key bed as a bottom shelf. I left the piano serial number visible and highlighted it in gold.

Added a maple back to mimic the original soundboard. Trimmed the lid to act as trim and positioned a maple keystone at the top as accent.

Finally reattached the pedals for accent. They couldn’t be happier. Delivered and installed. Now to be used to store music books and other items.

-- Dave, I make things from wood, what is your superpower?

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#1 posted 10-04-2019 02:23 AM

Beautiful and clever! I am now on the lookout for an old grand piano to give the same treatment.
Great idea and wonderful craftsmanship.

-- jbschutz

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#2 posted 10-04-2019 04:34 AM

To die for cute and lovely.

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#3 posted 10-04-2019 05:24 AM


What a creative idea! That was A LOT of work, but the result is terrific.


-- “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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#4 posted 10-04-2019 07:26 AM

All your work is first rate, and this is one of the corwn jewels.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#5 posted 10-04-2019 10:52 AM

Love the fact that you kept the pedals.
Awesome work!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#6 posted 10-04-2019 12:04 PM

So cool! Looks like you really did a great conversion.

-- Pete

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#7 posted 10-04-2019 03:05 PM

Incredibly well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 10-08-2019 04:57 PM

That is totally outstanding. A really great repurpose.

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#9 posted 10-09-2019 12:16 PM

What a clever idea and an intriguing idea for a project someday. Not having seen the inside of a baby grand, why did it need to be veneered?

Anyway, well done!

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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