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#2311903 - 08/06/14 10:57 AM What wood is that?
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I have an Everett piano made in 1953 and was trying to figure the wood used. did they document somewhere what wood was used?. I think it is mahogany. Any ideas?

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#2311918 - 08/06/14 11:58 AM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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Many modern pianos can be purchased with different woods and finishes (satin, polished), from the standard ebony, mahogany, walnut to the more exotic bubinga, sapele, rosewood, pommele, etc. Whether your 1953 Everett came in different woods or not might be open to question, but I would think that anyone involved in furniture making/restoration could identify at a glance what wood is used for the case of your piano.

I would doubt that online documentation exists indicating in what wood(s) a 1953 Everett was available.

Even a reasonably good quality photograph might easily help someone identify the wood for you.

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#2311960 - 08/06/14 02:41 PM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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It is indeed relatively easy to determine when you post a picture.

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#2311985 - 08/06/14 03:39 PM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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So here are pictures of the wood. It appears to have fairly open pores and a little soft. I think mahogany. This appears to be the natural color. I stripped it and lightly sanded it. I didn't get through the veneer! Anyway, if anyone knows what it is.

#2311989 - 08/06/14 03:52 PM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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It looks like mahogany. Was it reddish to begin? If so, then I would be more definite.
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#2311990 - 08/06/14 03:54 PM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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Looks indeed like mahogany. The problem is that most mahogany is stained dark so it is easier to recognize when finished smile
However, I do recognize it from when I was repainting my boat interior which was in mahogany as well.
Be very very careful because when you go through the veneer it ends up very ugly..

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#2311996 - 08/06/14 04:01 PM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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That is bare wood mahogany and a nice quality veneer at that. As was already mentioned, be careful when sanding - and so far - you appear to be doing a fine job.

The key to a good final finish is good preparation and the part I can see is well done.

Please post pictures of the final product and feel free to post ueetions along the way. It is not easy to have a professional result the first time around.

Just curious, have you done woodworking before?
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#2311997 - 08/06/14 04:05 PM Re: What wood is that? [Re: wimpiano]
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It was very dark before I stripped it. Couldn't really see the natural wood grain with the old finish on it. All of the natural wood grain looks really nice now. I want to stain it with a deep red/brown and rub it out with tung oil or varnish... I think. But with the wood being soft not 100% on that final finish.

#2312003 - 08/06/14 04:11 PM Re: What wood is that? [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Rich, I have been very careful so far. I stripped it, washed out the stain, gave it a light 320 sand and a final 0000 steel wool buff. So far so good.

I have had limited wood working experience before. So far I have loved working on this. I look forward to my couple of hours a day. If you have any tips on a final finish that would be appreciated. I mentioned in another reply that I was thinking hand rubbing t.o. or varnish. Thoughts?

#2312212 - 08/07/14 02:55 AM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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@HobbyGuy, in his case I would use a transparent two component coat in many thin layers. Not just two layers of a basic product. You want something which highlights the beauty of the wood but which is also semi-bulletproof.

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#2312364 - 08/07/14 10:10 AM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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HobbyBuy, [Edit: apologies, should read HobbyGuy]

Two questions:
1) What did you use to wash out the old stain?
2) Are you planning on filling the pores, and if so, at which stage of the refinishing process?

Edited by Mark R. (08/08/14 05:45 AM)
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#2312386 - 08/07/14 11:14 AM Re: What wood is that? [Re: HobbyGuy]
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I tend to be unimpressed with the lasting power of tung oil, based on my experience with furniture finished with it, including a dining table and chairs and a coffee table.


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