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thewoodswatchman
Well, they changed their minds and decided to have me work this big beauty first. Its taken me 2 weeks to get it ready for paint. I'm doing a high gloss polyester finish on her. It should be just like a mirror when completed. They threw me to the wolf's on this one, it's as big as they get and was in the worst shape of any I've seen or done as well as them. They are testing my skills on this 100 year old Steinway.
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1hpycmpr
Nice! Some B/A action and I’m staying tuned in! Looks like a huge project.
Mark
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Rubing
Very nice David!
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thewoodswatchman
1hpycmpr wrote:
Nice! Some B/A action and I’m staying tuned in! Looks like a huge project.
Yes, Bad it is. They totally go through the whole piano from bow to stern. Rebuilding and replacing parts that this gem requires. Many of which come from Steinway them selves. Everything! It's a new 100 year old Steinway when its completed. Tuned, voiced, the whole nine yards. They will sell this piano for about a hundred,
a hundred thousand that is. These guys have been in business for about 35 years and they don't play around that's for certain. These piano's go all over the country. They do things to them that not many do in the states. The back log is staggering.
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pongo
Wow!🎹
Phil
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Phat_Daddy35
Thanks for showing the photos, you do great work I can't wait to see the final product
Chad
As my good friend Tom says " I'll leave the light on for you" (242 in my case)
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warren
Yes, keep us posted and updated.  I will be following this thread.

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Shihan
Fantastic project. Thanks for letting us follow along. What kind of wood is a 100 yr. old Steinway made of? I’m thinking you can’t get high quality old growth wood like that now.
Dennis in Ventura, CA
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Dan
Would love to sink my teeth into a project like that.Will await progress reports.
Dan 
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Deanofid
What a job is right!  Wow.  David, do they take the big castings and the keyboard, etc. out before they give it to you?
I'll be watching for the finished case.
Dean -Midnight Kerosene Ritualist--http://www.deansmachine.com  ICCC #1220.   275 commiseration #0018.
"In Him was life, and His life was the Light of men."  John 1:4
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thewoodswatchman
Yes Dean my friend, they pull everything from this piano. They rebuild or replace the spruse
sound board then it's off to finish/me. Then when its completely finished they take it back and replace the key pin board and and many other parts that are " key" to make this old girl sing again......
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Moses_Yoder
I have never done that level of work but I refinished an old upright piano once that had been brush painted for a friend. I stripped it and use an oil mix finish on it then waxed it. It was a beauty when done, would love to have a job like that. 
Moses D Yoder/Mose/Mo
Sears Syndicate # 651 / 275 Appreciation Syndicate #159 / Slant Saver #22
Psalm 97:11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

 
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thewoodswatchman
Leveled the Isolante barrier sealer tie coats. With 320 on a half sheet sander. Came back to fix some tiny areas I missed in the beginning. Now I'm ready to start filling the Mahogany grain.
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Gand28
Curious if you charge by the job or the hour on something like this?
Greg -- Fiat Lux!
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thewoodswatchman
I used to charge by the Piano based on its condition ect. Now I'm doing these by the hour Greg.
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Gand28
Smart way to do it. You can’t rush a quality job!
Greg -- Fiat Lux!
ICCC Member #1273
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mnhogrider
Waiting for completed photos. Awesome job.
Steve
ICCC Member #1396 
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Mack, Cat and Cadillac.
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thewoodswatchman
4 passes of high build black finish. I will now continue to level these coats back filling the grain. This is how I maintain a super flat finish while I fill it. This is how I make them like a mirror. I will start working other parts of the piano. During my sanding process. That way they are drying while I'm busy. They are working while I am. 🙂
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scl
big job.
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1hpycmpr
Enjoying the pictures with explanations, thanks!
Mark
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JimL
I can tell.  You've done this sort of thing before.  😉

-Jim

I wish Noah had swatted the two mosquitoes.
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thewoodswatchman
Just a little bit Jim. 🙄
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BradleyO
I noticed you mentioned voicing in your second post. The skill that’s involved in voicing a piano of that level is amazing to me. Tone regulation is meticulous art.
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thewoodswatchman
That part fascinates me as well. Incredible really, what I do fascinates those guys too. It's a very special thing working together on these peices of art, you might say. This is a very large part of why I love finishing piano's. I make them Beautiful, they make them sing.... thank you.
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JimL
>>I make them Beautiful, they make them sing

If you haven't already, I think they would appreciate you saying that.

-Jim

I wish Noah had swatted the two mosquitoes.
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egroscup
Beautiful work, I am curious as to what something like this was finished with at the factory 100 years ago. E.
The year 2259, the place Babylon 5
Erik
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Gasman64
Wow, David, just the fact that you were asked to do that is a testament to your skills.

I have a sturdy table on the front porch made of angle iron, topped with 3/4" plywood painted white.  When warm weather gets here to stay, I think I'll sand off the paint and recoat with polyurethane.   That's about the extent of my refinishing skills...
Steve    ICCC #1012
The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.
 
        
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Heck
egroscup wrote:
Beautiful work, I am curious as to what something like this was finished with at the factory 100 years ago. E.


I’d like to know that as well. Kinda like some of the lanterns we redo, shiny glossy perfect. When in fact they came from the factory with thin mediocre paint jobs.
Brian Heckemeyer
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Heck
Private message me if you need some help.
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holliswood
It’s a beautiful piano!! I feel for you if you’re having to move that yourself. I helped move a baby grand once and I vowed to never volunteer for that service again. You are definitely a master at that trade.
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thewoodswatchman
After filling the grain in this piano now I'm really laying down the finish. I will repeat this again and again until I have the proper amount of finish on it leveling in between stages. Once I have enough on it I will let it stand for about 3 to completely harden like a rock. Then I will start the polishing process. Thanks for looking to those at are following me throughout this one.
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Gunhippie
Wow! A gunstock is pushing my patience for re-finishing!

I've seen some of your work before--or pictures, anyway--and it's incredible!

Folks, when David says "mirror-finish" he isn't kidding! I remember a table he did a couple of years back and it literally vanished into the background!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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dugan1
That is looking awesome! I can't wait to see the final version. I was wondering is that bondo or polyester putty type auto body filler that you use on these?
Brian
Albertville, Al.
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1hpycmpr
It is obvious that this process takes time to do it right. Looking forward to the $ shots as well!
Mark
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thewoodswatchman
dugan1 wrote:
That is looking awesome! I can't wait to see the final version. I was wondering is that bondo or polyester putty type auto body filler that you use on these?
I used a premium glazing putty call Smart Brand. It's the best you can get. BYW can anybody see the recent pics? I can't. When I try to edit the latest comment above it then shows me them. Then I push save but nothing come up in the way of picture. Weird
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rob_pontius
No pictures from my end David.
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warren
I know at one time there was a problem if you previewed before posting the pictures.  So load pictures, post, then go edit if you need to.

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thewoodswatchman
Let me try this...
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thewoodswatchman
Something is wrong... never seen this before. Won't let me load and save them. It shows them loaded then I push save. Then the post still comes up with no pics.
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JimL
David,

No one else is having an issue with pics, just you.  😉  Actually, there's a thread on pics not posting.  Not everyone is having the issue and there appears to be no consistency.

Here's a unintentionally funny thread as a result of a pic not posting.  See the replies.
http://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/tilley-10080011?pid=1308028649

-Jim

I wish Noah had swatted the two mosquitoes.
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thewoodswatchman
That's funny Jim. Oh well, I give up. I've tried 10 different ways nothing works.. Thanks for the heads up.
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SteveRetherford
some folks paint cars , planes , houses , some folks even paint Pianos :-) each has its own technique and materials to make em look good . me ? im a house painter , not as safisticated , but when im done your house is LOOKING GOOD !!! spray brush n roll is what i do :-) my hands are covered with paint right now . tore out a medicine cabinet yesterday and filled in the hole with drywall and mudded it in , still need to texture it before i can paint it . i have done every inch of this house , with just a few last minute changes to make the owners happy .   its these last few things that take the longest , mud has to dry , usualy twice , then the texture has to dry , before paint , some things just take more time ....... i have great respect for car n piano painters :-) houses are pretty easy in comparison .
[DrSteve2]    Steve , Keeper of the Light !!!
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JimL
As noted in another post, if you want to see the image David uploaded, click on the number of the post.  In this case, click on '#38' and you will see the image within the post.

David, that's absolutely amazing, but I must admit, it's the quality I've come to expect from you.  It's sad, but I have to say 'meets expectations'.  😉

Edit: I realized the above comment may not be clear.  I meant 'meets expectations' rather than 'exceeds expectations' because you've set the bar so high.

-Jim

I wish Noah had swatted the two mosquitoes.
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chrisnjenn
Thanks Jim for the tip.

Amazing work, David. Just wow.
Chris
ICCC #1772
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1hpycmpr
Wow David, you are a true craftsman. That looks stunning!
Mark
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Gunhippie
Looking great, David!

Just looking at your spray booth leaves me green with envy!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Deanofid
Wow.  I used Jim's trick of clicking on the post number to see the pics and again, Wow!  What a thing to see.  It's gorgeous, David.  Superb work.
Dean -Midnight Kerosene Ritualist--http://www.deansmachine.com  ICCC #1220.   275 commiseration #0018.
"In Him was life, and His life was the Light of men."  John 1:4
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thewoodswatchman
Thank you everyone for your kind remarks. These types of items are always a welcomed challenge for me. They help keep me sharp. Most all finishes for me anymore are quite boring. These one's actually interest me as they are as high up as you can go in the finishing world. 2nd yacht interiors 3rd is private jets, 4th custom high end automotive. You have to use all your experience for them to be possible. Pride in my work probably motivates me more than anything I guess. Ive always kinda compared it to climbing Mount Everest for example. The higher up you go the harder it is too keep climbing. The more you have to know, go through, experience to make it to the top. It's quite easy to quit, honestly, in the finishing world most never make it. It's a hard climb. There are many more stages left yet on this to come. I will show more updates as I work through the coming stages. Thanks for your interest in watching everyone.
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thewoodswatchman
Thought I would post some pictures since it's working again? This is ready for the clear coat finally. I will do six passes = 3 coats. High gloss crysal clear. Then I will wet sand starting with 600 then to 1000 then to 1500 then to 2000 with a semi soft block and soapy water. Then I will use a 3/16 Dyno 5" orbital with 3000 on it then 5000. This will take all the scratches from the previous paper. Then I will start buffing it out. Let's see if this works now.
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Phat_Daddy35
thanks for the updates!
Chad
As my good friend Tom says " I'll leave the light on for you" (242 in my case)
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate member #3535
MilSpec Ops #0350
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