Piano Bench #1: Design

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Blog entry by ytsejamr posted 08-12-2008 09:32 PM 6275 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I might as well give this whole blog thing a try.

I’ve been having a hard time picking my next project. I have so many things I could make, but really nothing pressing. There is a large “honey-do” list, so I asked the wife what I should make next. She said “piano bench”.

Our neighbors gave us their upright piano a couple years ago, but they didn’t give us a bench.

Once again, I’m going to use this as practice for furniture building. (I wonder when I’m going to stop saying that . . . won’t all my projects be practice really??)

So on to the design. My last project was a very simple, quick (square) sofa table Click for details

For this bench I wanted to start getting “curvy”. So on to Sketchup. I’m trying to improve my Sketchup abilities as well as my woodworking ones.

Here’s a view of what I came up with. I was thinking of making it with Mahogany to start with (I’m not even going to try to match the existing piano, so I figured I’d pick a new wood to work with)

Piano Bench initial design

Then I was thinking I should try cherry and maple since I have some maple in the shop:

Bench design 2

And then looking at it for a little while, I got a crazy idea . . . what if I made the top to look like piano keys?? Hmmmmmmm??? . . . .

Bench design 3

I’m thinking I can do a glue up of maple, with thin strips of walnut for “key separators”, and then inlay some 1/8” cherry for the sharp keys. The only thing I’m a bit unsure of is if wood movement would be a problem with the inlayed keys.

So that’s where I am now. Up next, the joinery . . .

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#1 posted 08-12-2008 09:50 PM

I like the key idea. Would be unique for sure. Looks to me like you’ve got a good handle on Sketchup!

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#2 posted 08-12-2008 09:53 PM

Interesting project. Looking forward to seeing it for real.

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#3 posted 08-12-2008 10:33 PM

Looks good, keep us up to date!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 08-13-2008 12:52 AM

looks good

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#5 posted 08-13-2008 06:21 AM

Great Ideas …..I like it ….So who is gonna play the piano ?
Thanks for posting

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 12:43 PM

Looks good,Great Ideas*_

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#7 posted 08-13-2008 02:38 PM

My wife plays a bit. Though she hasn’t touched the thing in over a year. It probably has something to do with it being covered by plastic so the sawdust doesn’t get on it.

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#8 posted 11-19-2008 07:56 AM

I love your sketch. This gives me some good ideas for my own piano bench. Thanks

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada

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