Monday, May 11, 2020
This past week all the belly work was completed. It is rewarding to finally put all the new pieces together to the final assembly. Several weeks ago the new pinblock was cut out and fitted to the plate. Before the final installation the holes to receive the tuning pins also had to be drilled. The old pin block is used as a pattern.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
This week I have completed installing new bridge caps on the original bridge body. The first step was to remove the old caps using a table saw. The process is a bit more complicated that normal, as the treble bridge and bass bridge are one piece, rather than 2 separate pieces. After the old caps are removed the top is planed and new hard maple caps are glued to the original body.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
I have built the new soundboard this week. The pictures show the process of using the old board as a pattern to lay out the new ribs. They are then fit into the piano, reliefs cut in ends and finally the ribs are glues to the soundboard in my pneumatic press. The process is actually very more involved than this short summery suggests.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
My newest project is well underway. The pictures show the teardown from removing strings, plate and soundboard and finally the bridges. Measurements are taken, and parts indexed to use the original parts to recreate the new soundboard and bridge caps.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Part of the rebuilding process ios to recap the bridges. The old caps are sawn off the body of the bridge, and then are reproduced.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sitka spruce from Washington State is the beginning of a new Soundboard. The wood is quarter sawn, straight grained and clear of any defects. 15 pieces are selected, grain oriantation determined, and cut to length needed. I edge glue 3-4 pieces together, then thickness plane them to the desired thickness. Then these 4 pieces are glued together.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Below are pictures of my most recent rebuild start. Even though I haven't added pictures recently, I have been very busy. This piano will get a total restoration with refinishing. The first picture shows the old pin block, bridges and soundboard. On the soundboard are the rough cut ribs which are the start of making a new soundboard. These will be hand fitted to the piano rim for a tight precise fit. The second picture shows the piano body with the soundboard and pinblock removed. More will follow in the coming weeks as work progresses. In the mean time parts need to be ordered.This is expected to be about a 12 month process.