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Thread: Re-purposing used furniture and stuff

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana

    Re-purposing used furniture and stuff

    I see several "free" used pianos on my local Craigslist. It makes me wonder....has anyone here taken the wood from a piano and repurposed it to make other projects or is it too much work to try to salvage it? I'm thinking it would probably all be hardwood and have a pretty decent finish to it.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    A few years back one of my students grabbed some of the internal wood off of a baby grand piano that was laying in a ditch due to not being strapped onto the truck. It was segmented and pretty, made a pen for my mom out of it as she always wanted a baby grand piano.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    There is usually some ebony and sometimes some ivory in the keys which can be worth saving. The ivory is usually pretty thin if its there but could work for inlay pieces.

    Some of the sound boards are OLD spruce which can be worth it if you want that sort of material for projects (mandolin tops, etc..) although there are a lot of holes in them to so I'm not sure how generally useful they are.

    If its old enough there may be some mahogany or other bits in in the legs and bracing that would be interesting, but that means somewhere pre-mid-1800s (made sense in my head I swear).

    A lot of the other stuff is veneer on piano's which can be of dubious cost/benefit to recover.

    If you do do it be EXCEEDINGLY careful taking the strings off, the amount of tension in those is remarkable. Get a tuning wrench and loosen them a bit at a time in series to avoid having major bits go SPRONG on you.

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