Piano Lid Coffee Table




This is a coffee table I have built out of a old piano lid that my girlfreind had found.

And these coasters to go with it. https://www.instructables.com/id/Piano-Key-Coasters/

Well the piano lid was free. GOOD luck finding one for free, or at all.

Everything els came out to around 70$

2x4 was around $4

Each leg was $2.65

After glue an other stuff it was around $70.

Of course it could be done cheaper though.



The hardest thing to get will be of course a piano lid. This one was found in some ones addic and had been there for a long time.

I bought these at home depot. For this coffee table I bought 14" high legs.

I got a cheap 2x4 from Home depot.

You can find these right next to the legs in home depot.

You may or may not need this. The lid I have had scratches an the clear coat was coming off.

To clean the stripper off.

I used this on the leggs for a nice dark stain.

After it is finished you want to us a good Polyurethane sealer to water proof an scratch proof the table.

You probably do not need this.

I am not sure what size screws I used. The mounting plates come with screws but you will also need screws to mount hte supports to the table. I have about a million screws here an just went through them all an used what I needed. I appologize for not having the corrects sizes, but it isn't hard to figuer out.



Plastic scraper for stripper
Screw gun
Paint brushes
Alot of Rags

I think this covers all the Materials an Tools. I am sorry If I missed some thing. This is the first thing I have built out of wood, so terms and perfection isn't my thing. I am new to it. Hopefully I don't get tomany people bashing me about it. I know how there are many perfectionest on here.

Step 2: Cleaning the Piano Lid

I have to clean up the piano lid. You can see that there are scratches an it is in need of refinishing.

I apply the stripper as directed on the can. Put what you plan on using in a metal can, then apply it to the table top and brush it on in the direction of the wood grain. Let it stand for 15 minutes then use the plastic scraper tool in the direction of the wood grain to remove the thicker build up. If you use a metal scraper you may scratch the wood. Once you have the goopy nasty stuff mostly removed then use the mineral spirits to wipe the excess stripper off.

Once this is done check to make sure the wood is stripped to your liking.

I repeated this again after the first time to get every thing off.

Once I did this the second time I then sand the lid with a light grade sand paper an wipped it clean with a damp rag.

Step 3: Installing the Legs and Supports

I am unsure how to explain myself now. I eye balled most of the cuts an mounting plates.

After preping the lid I began working on the leg supports. I layed down the 2x4 an got a good Idea where I want the legs. You need to keep an eye out on where you put your legs, If you put them to far twards the center the table will lean when to much pressure is applied but this is common since. Just keep it balanced.

I marked my 2x4 an cut it.

Next I round off the sharp edges so there not sharp, this isn't needed but It made me feel better.

I plan on putting my leg mount plates on the ends of the supports.

Now I sand an cleaned up the area witch I plan on putting the supports.

I apply glue to the buttom of the supports, wegih them down untill they dry. Then I run screws into them.

The Mounting Plates

These are simple. Just run the screws down in place.

Step 4: Staining. Polyurethane

Staining is mainly up to you. I just stained the legs to see what they would look like. My girlfreind is going to finish this table later. She is going to Paint it all black with white notes on it.

But if you were going on.

I stained the legs by adding the stain then wipe it off with a rag untill I got the right color. Let it dry then restain if needed.

Applying the polyurethane

I clean it all up an wipe it down with very light mineral spirits.Then I put the polyurethane on the table, let it stand for 4 hours an re apply. I only add two coats. The stuff I have is glossy to so it adds a nice shine.



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    14 Discussions

    HasersysDIY Dave

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Aww, It isn't to often you come across a free piano top. I bet you could make a bunch of sweet stuff out of a full piano.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    JUST STUNNING!!! I'm logging into Craigslist the second I get home to put up a listing to try to find an old piano top :) Lets see how many weird replies I get to this one. Just magnificant. Excellent Instructable.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks A llot, I am currently in the middle of a move. We have it packed ready to be uhalled. We use it every day, dinner, brekfast, and lunch, and.. in that order lol. Good luck finding one.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    A perfect example of up-cycling, its a shame you weren't able to pick up the rest of the wood out a skip and such. I think making a foot stool the same height to nest inside the curve of the table would make a great extra project!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I am sure I could have found the wood, and I could have even found legs. After I did this Instructables I though "Wow I so should have recycled every thing" I am very into reusing stuff. People throw so much out now it is ridiculous. Last year I saw a 52" tv on the side of the road with a sign that wrote "Free Broken". It was only a couple years old. It was a 52" Hd projection tv. I got my Room mate to help me drag it to our house. We took it apart then read up on the Internet as to what makes them go out. Three transformers later we had a $30 52" hd tv. I appreciate the comment. I may also look into making that foot stool. Thanks a lot.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Your welcome! I know good free stuff is not always around when you need it. And many people do not have the space to hoard every good free thing! I think you should up-cycle some keys into coasters maybe? (i will stop giving you idea now before you run out of time to fit anything in)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Actualy the rest of the piano was stripped. There is only a shell left. A art class at a school took all of the componets off of it to spread them around their school to decorate, but hah now I want the keys.


    I second your comment about so much wasted materials being thrown out--I picked up a 26 inch TV the other day which works fine, with the remote, ($1 for batteries for the remote) and realized I have not paid for a TV since 1986, even though I have had up to 5 working tvs in our house at a time. Tossed electronics, pump organs and electric, pianos, hey, I even got a running Cavalier for $1 once as the ground wire was bad. I need a bigger place, and a Grand piano--love your table!


    I got a good one for you. I found a 2004 projection hd 52" two houses down with a sign that said broken take for free. So i took it. My roomate replaced a tranformer for 30$ and it worked fine.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I've been planning of doing this exact project with a grand lid I've got floating araound. It used to be my kitchen table, but I need a bigger table. I still use the fallboard (or key cover) upsidedown on a wall as a shelf, and the full cabinet used to be a headboard for our bed (perfectly fits a double matress). Good job!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    "She is going to Paint it all black with white notes on it." With an ultra high gloss finish? I bet it will be gorgeous. Please post photos of the paint job. Very classy. Great idea. Now, I just have to find a piano lid....

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Heh yea, she has gloss. I am going to put the polyurethane ontop of it also with will add gloss to it. I am planning on posting pictures of it when it is done. I just finished some coasters in the shape of keys for it, and i am here to post a instructable.