A Piano Bench Fix

The piano bench is usually designed as a shallow chest where the seat/top opens and things like music books can be stored.

Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench.
Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench.

Our piano bench has this design with a piece of Masonite stapled to the  underside of the bench.

Over time we had stuffed our piano bench so full that the bottom tore off.
Over time we had stuffed our piano bench so full that the bottom tore off.

Over the years we have overstuffed the bench and consequently the Masonite failed.

The staples had trapped small bits of Masonite and so had to be pried out.
The staples had trapped small bits of Masonite and so had to be pried out.

The staples remain but the Masonite tore away.

The old bottom was exactly the right size just the wrong material.
The old bottom was exactly the right size just the wrong material.

In an effort to repair this useful feature I found a piece of plywood (beadboard in this case) in our remnants which Charlie cut the same size as the old bottom using it as a template.

The inside can stay white as it will be loaded with music supplies.
The inside can stay white as it will be loaded with music supplies.

The piece had been painted white so I painted the outside with some paint I had on hand just to darken it a bit.  I left the inside white so it would be brighter when we opened the top of the bench.

The bottom is painted "Sparrow" but can't be seen in everyday usage.
The bottom is painted “Sparrow” but can’t be seen in everyday usage.

The piece had to fit within the frame of the bench and be secured to a narrow edge on which it rested.

A small supply of spiral nails.
A small supply of spiral nails.

Because it is fastened from the bottom I wanted to use screws (nails would probably be forced out over time) but could not find any in our stash.  I did find some spiral nails with a modified screw head (useless) that I thought would hold.

I hammered these nails into place.
I hammered these nails into place.

These nails went easily through the plywood but were stopped at the hardwood of the bench so I drilled a tiny hole through the bench to get them started. (I found the perfect thin drill bit which I inadvertently broke.)

The bench may get a more permanent cushion in the future.
The bench may get a more permanent cushion in the future.

This new bottom seems much stronger than the original.  We’ll only know for sure when we stuff the bench with music again.

Can you fathom why things fall apart when they’re used for the express purpose for which they were built?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “A Piano Bench Fix”

  1. No, I can’t fathom it. My dresser drawers have all torn out their bottoms because I dared to put clothes in them. Gasp! Excellent fix you made and has given me inspiration to get those dresser drawers able to hold more than three pairs of underwear and a cami!

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