Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm Impressed!


A month and a half ago my dh bought a digital piano. It did not come with a bench so we've been keeping an eye out for one. One problem is that the style of the piano is very plain and we wanted a bench that would match it.

Saturday morning my dh started thinking of how maybe he could MAKE his own piano bench and started just drawing up some plans (he is not a craftsman by trade!). Awhile later he sauntered out to the garage to "check on my scrap lumber". Shortly thereafter the tablesaw was screeching...

By the afternoon the bench was almost completed ... and looked great (well great in an unfinished-needing-to-be-painted way).

The bench even has a storage area under the lid. From start to finish (including the planning/drawing state) it took about 8 hours for him to get it to this built but unfinished state. It ain't beautiful as you can see...it still needs to be painted (that will happen in the spring) and we'll probably "upholster" the top, but I'm impressed that he could do all this without any plans other than his own - and that he accomplished it so quickly.

This isn't the first thing he's built without plans - he's also made a bunch of built-in-bookcases / storage shelves in our basement...but it makes me wonder what else he can build. I've been wanting a footstool and got to thinking how maybe the girl needs to have some kind of storage bench in her room...

6 comments:

Amy said...

It is beautiful... even in its 'unfinished state':) Although I can't help but wonder what all you have in your garage if he was able to make this from 'scrap lumber' out there:)

CanadianGrandma said...

I have "carpenter" blood in me! I love to make things out of wood...your piano bench looks great!

Anonymous said...

You don't know what talents you have until you try something! It looks great!
Rhonda

Bruce said...

I've tried to make some things around my house (e.g., bookshelves) and they don't come out that good, even when I use plans. And I'm with Amy wondering what else you might have sitting in your garage. Apparently, you not only had a good amount of wood, but hinges, too.

Aunt Spicy said...

Oh, I think it is great! And it will look amazing painted with a cute top!

Jennifer said...

I wouldn't touch it! Except maybe a seal coat or something... I like the way it looks just as it is.