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Grand Piano Laser-Cut Inlay Pen Kit Blank

Item #
47277
Rating:
74% of 100

Show your flair for music with this unique Grand Piano Inlay Kit! The laser cut keyboard is made from American Holly and assembles like a jigsaw puzzle to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind piano pen. Designed for Manhattan Chrome, Manhattan Gold, and Elegant Manhattan style pen kits only, sold separately.


Features:

Fits Manhattan Pen Hardware Kits (Sold Separately)
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard): 1
(1) Grand Piano Laser-Cut Inlay Pen Kit
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number PIANO
Weight 0.0600
Style Music
3.7 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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Very nice, eaze to do ,looks great. my sister is gonna love it
August 23, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Looks great after turning and polishing. So far, all products I've purchased from Rockler, have met or exceeded my expectations. Great company to deal with.
May 2, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
My granddaughter the music student thinks it's awesome
October 14, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Follow Diretions +
Follow their directions plus these:

When glueing the blank, I put on three coats to make sure all gaps were filled.
Center the tube in the blank, don't eyeball it measure it.
If the inlay has a 'lip' on it put it on the mandrel with the 'lip' facing away from the tool so it can't catch on the inlay and tear out.
Do not sand, do not sand, oh did I say do not sand. CA finish, beautiful.
January 1, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice Kit
I have made several of these and have not had any undo problems. These were nice gifts for my mother-in-law, a musically inclined nephew and muscian friends.

After assembling the pieces, I used CA to glue the keyboard to the black barrel. Make sure you generously coat all seams. I only use 2 part epoxy (either 5 min or mid cure) to glue in the tubes. I let them set overnight.

I mount the blank on the lathe and sand with 220 grit paper at about 1500 rpm. This evens out the barrel so the chisel does not catch a high spot and rip it out. I use a skew and bring the barrel to size. This is very important: DO NOT SAND! It will cause the black to migrate into the white keys. I finish turning with a skew and very light cuts. If you do this right, it be very smooth and not need sanding. I use a CA method to finish.

The key is not to sand, but you must have good chisel skills to accomplish this. Good luck!!
February 19, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
My son loves it.
Turned this for my 20 yr. old son, a music/piano major in college. Needless to say he was surprised. I made sure I used plenty of super glue and my home made carbide tools. The only issue was bleed over from the dark wood to the light. Would not hesitate to purchase and turn more.
February 27, 2014
Lines weren't etched deep enough in the white keys.
The pin kit looks great before you start turning and sanding. When I was finished sanding the black etchings between the keys was gone and all I had was a solid white keyboard plus the black keys. This is the second one I've purchased. The first one turned out great and you could see the lines between the white keys but the second one was not etched deep enough so for that I give it three stars.
October 7, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
A bit frustrating
I've done 5 or 6 different inlay kits. This one has been the most frustrating. I've purchased 4 kits and have only one pen to show; they keep exploding right as the blank is almost complete. I only need to complete 2 pens for family. Will need to reorder again.
December 21, 2013
This is a follow-up to the...
This is a follow-up to the review I did on 4-7-2013. First and foremost, let me say kudos to Rockler customer service. Frankly, I was amazed. After I did that review, I had not looked at the item again until I happened to notice it had a review posted about mid September. I checked it out and lo and behold it was mine! I read the editor's note and decided to follow up. Understand... this is 5 months later! I had bought the pen in Houston, and paid cash. Rockler sent me a replacement immediately. Again, Rockler's customer service is top notch in my book. This time when I worked the pen. I glued it up according to the directions as before. Again, I did notice that there was a slight gap between the white keys and the solid black background {pianist side of the keys}. This time, before turning, I filled the gap with CA glue and basically slathered it all over the keyboard area. New carbide tip on the tool. All went well until I was shaving the ends down to the bushing diameter. At that point a section of the black split off. Luckily it was a clean blow out and I was able to glue it back in with CA glue. Let is set up well, finished turning it and it has turned into a beautiful pen. I'd say this design is perhaps a little flawed because there is a built in weakness due to the linear design of the keyboard and the proximity of the tube end. As in this case it was not insurmountable, but I would say this is not a kit for beginners by any means. I also wonder if CA glue might not be better than epoxy for gluing up the tube. Just a thought. I will try a laser kit again, but I will try to avoid any design that has straight lines running to the end of the tube. And, once again, I have no complaints with how Rockler handled this. Thanks, Rockler!
September 28, 2013
I bought this kit from a...
I bought this kit from a Rockler store in Houston, Texas, while there visiting my daughter and her family. When I got home to California I was looking forward to creating this pen for a dear friend who has been playing piano for Southern Gospel singing and for church for years. I followed the directions to the letter, gluing it up with epoxy glue. I put a brand new carbide tip on my Easy Tool and began to very, very gently begin to shape the blank for the pen. I was on my 3rd or 4th gentle pass over the blank when a 2 key section of the white keys blew out, ruining the blank. It lasted less than a minute before being ruined. Then, when I began to examine the blank in more detail I discovered a slight gap between the allwhite keys and the black portion of the blank on the side away from the black keys... on the player side if you will. Needless to say, I was disappointed. $ wasted.Editor's note: Our customer service team at 800-376-7856 will be able to assist you with replacement Ben.
April 7, 2013
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A gift for a graduating college student
Thomas H on Feb 21, 2019
ordered by friend
P A on Oct 11, 2017
A gift for a graduating college student
Thomas H on Feb 21, 2019
Gift for friend
David H on Nov 17, 2017
ordered by friend
P A on Oct 11, 2017
Gift for daughter.
Thomas H on Sep 30, 2016
Friend who is a musician
Stanley F on May 10, 2016
I want to make this pen and give it to a friend who is an awesome musician
Dennis W on Aug 21, 2015
Best fit for the person I am presenting it to..
Clyde P on May 15, 2015
Gift for friend
David H on Nov 17, 2017
Gift for daughter.
Thomas H on Sep 30, 2016
How much does this need turned down?
chartle on Apr 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not really very much. Mainly for shaping to fit pen kit. I actually just used sandpaper (100 grit) to shape it and then fine sanded up from there once I had shape. Have to be a little careful you don't get the black all over white keys when sanding, but not too difficult. Actually comes assembled as shown in picture, so no need to have to glue in parts as with other laser cut kits. Just glue in with CA to hold everything in place and start to work. Hope this helps.