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post #1 of 14 Old 01-31-2011, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Piano Bench

I had a fun little project over the weekend. My boss' wife asked if I could make a piano bench. ???? I didn't have a clue. I did a little research to find out what one should look like and to get standard dimensions. Her piano is built out of pecan so I bought some pecan last week and started gluing boards together Saturday morning. It was fairly simple and turned out OK. The boss' wife is an interior design expert so I'm giving her the option of staining/finishing it herself. It's currently unfinished in the photos, below.
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That's a good weekend! Looks great!
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Very nice!

Piano to follow?

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Looks good. I like the grain pattern on the top.
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Nice work Geo,

It would have taken me a hell of alot longer than two days!

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Very well done. That was a pretty fast turnaround I must say. Thanks for sharing.
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Man, that looks great. Very elegant looking. I like the detail on the sides of the bench and the taper of the legs looks perfect. Great job as always. Kinda make me wanna play piano. (or at least sit at one)
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Very nice looking bench. I'm sure she'll love it.

Those corner brackets look interesting. Did you mortise and tenon the legs and panels? Or do those brackets hold it all together? Can you post a link to those brackets?

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I'm guessing those saw kerfs I see on the interior of the piano skirt are relief cuts...correct? If so what type of pattern and how many do you usually follow on a piece? Is there are hard fast calculation of the number of relief cuts and how far apart, that correlates with how wide the piece is?

The bench looks great and that is pretty fast for such a beautiful piece, and love the grain on the top!

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Those corner brackets look interesting. Did you mortise and tenon the legs and panels? Or do those brackets hold it all together? Can you post a link to those brackets?
Thanks, the corner brackets are standard brackets for table legs - got 'em at Woodcraft (http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...le-Leg--1.aspx). And yes, the stretchers are also mortised and tennoned into the legs. It's sturdy! Won't have to worry about this one getting wobbly after a few years.

"I'm guessing those saw kerfs I see on the interior of the piano skirt are relief cuts...correct? If so what type of pattern and how many do you usually follow on a piece? Is there are hard fast calculation of the number of relief cuts and how far apart, that correlates with how wide the piece is?"

Actually the saw kerfs are there to anchor the curved ends of the corner brackets. The extra saw kerfs are mistakes. I just cut'em all the same and left 'em in there thinking many people would think they're there for a reason and won't know the difference - almost worked.

Thanks, it was rather fast, especially for me. It was my lucky weekend. While routing the roundover on the seat, I splintered off a huge chunk on a corner. I took it slow and used several passes but still splintered a corner. Later, I dug around in the sawdust and found the largest splinter, which fit perfectly. I glued it in place, sanded it down and you can't even tell there was a problem - my lucky day.

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really nice looking job
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Very nice bench. Proof that sometimes an understated design is the most attractive.

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bench look great.

as for the saw kerfs, take a little walnut and fill the kerfs and call them accent strips.
and if anyone asks why you did them you can tell them "to start a conversation" lol


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Awesome bench! Do you know where I could find plans for a bench like this? My son wants to make one for his 4H woodworking project. Thanks so much for any information.

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