Repurposed piano into a desk

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Project by Mark55 posted 10-14-2012 01:26 AM 27244 views 18 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen a few of these on the net. So about a month ago I picked up a free 1910 piano off from craigslist.
The insides were way beyond cost prohibited repair but the cabinet had a real nice look. So I striped the thing down to bare bones and started redoing it. I pretty much reused 90 percent of the piano for other lumber. The 4×4s in the back were cut down and planed into boards for the desk top. Some of the other lumber I used was some repurposed oak stair treads milled down. It was a lot of fun but much more work than I expected.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 01:33 AM

Wow, nice job and a great way to breathe new life into an old piano that is otherwise off to the landfill, may have to try this myself one of these days, thanks for sharing!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 01:34 AM

wow! that’s really cool! I like the inlay star…did you make that, or was that on the piano already?

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 02:05 AM

Maku, I made the star inlay it was not part of the original piano. Just thought It would give it more character.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 02:11 AM


This is really great repurposing! Thanks for sharing.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 02:54 AM

How creative,this is so cool. great job.


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#6 posted 10-14-2012 06:21 AM

That’s neat! A very good idea.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 08:51 AM

Excellent conversion. Not so much a restoration as a resurrection.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 01:44 PM

All the other old pianos are now jealous! I suspect most fun projects are more work than we expect ;)

Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 02:34 PM

Very well done!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#10 posted 10-14-2012 09:07 PM

I love repuprosed projects, and this one is awesome!

-- Denny

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#11 posted 10-14-2012 10:17 PM

A brilliant idea for a recycling job – and beautifully done. I’m betting that old neglected pianos everywhere are green with envy.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#12 posted 10-14-2012 10:38 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. It is sad to see all these old pianos go to the junk yard. I see about 4 or 5 a month for free on craigs list. I have to say though the biggest hurdle was the weight, I forgot how heavy they are. When I first picked this one up I thought it was bolted to the floor. I had to use some muscles I haven’t used in years . Getting the cast iron harp out really helped on the weight.

I still have other parts of the piano I am trying to figure out a way to recycle too.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#13 posted 10-15-2012 10:26 AM

nice job and great idea,,,I have one of these in my living room trying to give away—-Mark you just changed my mind about giving away—thanks for sharing, and yes they are very heavy

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 08:40 PM

I like it a lot Mark !

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#15 posted 10-16-2012 12:36 PM

you gave it a new life. fantastic!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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