One of my 10 year old sons is working on a book report. The book has be a biography, and he chose one on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As the report included an oral component, and the class is to use a puppet of their subject and present the report from the first person, using the puppet.
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
When my wife and son had finished the puppet, we were discussing the report and decided that it needed a little more something . . . so I decided I should make Mozart a piano.
This was a quick and dirty project, which I went from start to finish on in about 15 minutes. That said, it was fun, and I'm rather pleased with the results.
|The piano, fresh off the band saw.|
I first found a scrap of 6/4 walnut and drew a piano outline on it with chalk. Thin I took it to the bandsaw and cut to the line. Using a marking wheel, I marked out for the cut of the keys. With the piano on it's side, I made these cuts on the band saw too. Finally, I used a white paint marker to make the keys white and added some black ones with a marker. In the bottom, I glued in a dowel for my son to use as a handle.
Then, viola! Mozart had a piano.
|Play, Amadeus, play.|
Sometimes it's nice to take a scrap and make a quick fun project. The tiny piano certainly was one.