Ok, I blame this one on my mother. She saw somewhere online this idea of taking an old piano and creating a bookshelf. She sent that idea to my wife, who forwarded the idea onto me.
My wife then jumps onto CraigsList to find a free piano. And of course, she finds one.
Now, before the Piano Police show up and give me flack for doing what I did, the piano was free because it was damaged, the sound board was split, the keyboard was missing and it looked like it had been someplace a little leaky. So we moved it out of their house onto our trailer and brought it home.
The first step was removing the harp. Almost 300 pounds of cast iron. We loosened all the strings to get at all the bolts and unbolted and pried the harp off the piano. The harp was donated to an artist who wanted to use it as a rose trellis.
1 FREE grand piano in poor-non functioning condition
Assorted screws and TimberLock® screws. (amazing self drilling long screws. used in deck building!)
Tools for dis-assembly:
small sledge hammer
various wrenches and ratchets
flat blade screwdriver
Tools for building:
Compound miter saw
Step 1: bringing the case inside.
Without the harp, the case is a lot lighter. Not easy but manageable with two people. You can see the close up of the water damage, the piano was a Marshall and Wendell built in Albany NY. It had seen better days...