Directions for Making a Bar Out of a Piano

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Directions for Making a Bar Out of a Piano
A piano bar is a unique decorative piece for your home. (piano image by Allyson Ricketts from

A piano, to some, is an instrument with limitless potential that has provided listeners with entertainment for centuries. However, despite this long musical history, you may see a completely different use for your piano: the perfect bar. Careful planning, and delicate crafting, can give a piano a second life as a bar for holding glasses, liquor, and other beverages. Consider turning your piano into a bar as a classy decorative piece in your household.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • Saw
  • 8 foot wood plank, 1-by-4 inches
  • Plywood plank, 8-by-4 feet
  • Nails

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  1. 1

    Remove the top lid that encases the strings of the piano by unbolting it from the hinges. Set the top to the side.

  2. 2

    Remove the iron plate that holds the strings from the back of the piano by unbolting the bolts that connect it to the body of the piano. The iron plate is very heavy, and should be removed with the help of another person.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the sound board by unscrewing the screws that hold it in place.

  4. 4

    Remove the keys from the piano by sliding them carefully out of their space.

  5. 5

    Cut the 1-by-4 plank to the width of the aligned piano keys, leaving 1 inch of room on each end of the plank in order to secure it to the piano. Glue the piano keys to the 1-by-4 plank. Save the extra plank material to create a shelf in the piano.

  6. 6

    Nail the plank with the piano keys into the original position in which the piano keys sat.

  7. 7

    Cut the plywood to fit the back of the piano, in order to close off the open back. Nail the plywood into position.

  8. 8

    Create a shelf in which to place bar items using the extra wood plank material. Nail the shelf in place.

  9. 9

    Reattach the lid of the piano to the top of the frame.

Tips and warnings

  • You can sell the iron plate of the keyboard to a scrap yard.

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