June 2016 Desk Finished

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New Piano Desk Project June 2016

June 10th, 2016

Fixing the Veneer with glue and clamps.

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Glue injection with a turkey baster.







June 9th, 2016

I just started a new Desk this week.  The sound board was disconnected first, then transported to my shop.  Here are a few pictures of the process.

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Table Saw Bench – June 2016

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New Project June 2016 – Leather Tool Roll

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FSAE 2015 Michigan Trip – Missouri S&T

I will be traveling to Michigan this weekend to see my Son and His Formula SAE Team compete in an international racing competition.  Here is the link to the blog for the trip.

TRIP BLOG:  http://mcclardfsae.blogspot.com/



Amazing 4 Story Rabbit Hutch

I just finished this project.  Other than adding the waste collection drawers, this hutch is ready for residents.

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Screened Lowes Gazebo and Deck

IMG_1091Screened Deck / Gazebo project for our home.  I’ll use this room for stitching projects in the summer.  I used a Lowes Gazebo with the Quick Screen system.  In all, I spent around $2400 on this project.  It took approximately 3 weeks to finish.


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Wallet Reveiw by Steve Montelli

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Wallet for my brother Dan.


New Wallet for Review – Steve Montelli

Earlier last year, I sent a wallet to Steve Montelli for review.  Since then, my designs and craftsmanship has improved.  I thought it would be good to send a new wallet for review.  Here is the timelapse for the new wallet.









Wallet for Jeff – Turtle Power

Timelapse of Wallet Build (2-17-2015)

Time-lapse Wallet Build (Live to Forgive – 490)

New Wallets January

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Man Cave Update – Leather Working Studio


If you have viewed the page recently, you will notice the leather working area that I built into my workshop.  With a few weeks off work for Christmas break, I decided to move the leather working area into my home office (Man Cave).

Here are a few pictures of the construction, along with a video showing the final product.










During Construction


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Wallet Reviews from Steve Montelli

When I first started leather working, much of what I learned about wallet design was gleaned from the videos of Steve Montelli.   Here is a recent video he did in review of two wallets that I recently sent his way.  Since I am just getting started in leather work, my plan is to send him a few more wallets this winter once my skills have improved.

Adding a PianoDesk Workstation to the Shop

I had a great day in the shop today.  My son and I went to an old farmhouse this afternoon to get a free upright piano.  Once we arrived back at the shop, we promptly took the piano apart.  Here are some photos from the day.

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After taking the piano apart, we reused the parts and made a leather workstation in my shop.  Check the video below for more.




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Give the video a few seconds to clear up.



Welcome to PianoDesk.com


Welcome to the new page for PianoDesk.com.  I am currently (as of July 25th) migrating content to this page.  To see examples of Desks made from pianos or Bass Guitars, click the menu options above.  You can also look at my old page for construction pictures of most projects.


While you wait for more content, here are some projects I have been working on lately:

This month, several projects are working their way out the door.  First, A bass guitar I built last summer.  This bass is made from Maple and Walnut.  I called this the coffee bass:

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Another project that is making its way out of the shop is a Mason and Hamlin grand piano that my son and I have been refinishing.  Here are pics of the finished project:

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Lastly, here is a small leather bag and satellite wallet for my wife–Live, Laugh and Love Mission Bag. I feel like this may be one of the best leather projects so far.

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