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.
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 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 remain but the Masonite tore away.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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?