Piano rePurposing Baldwin Howard 1870-1890 Cabinet Grand

I was given a Baldwin Howard 1870-1890ish Cabinet Grand Piano. It could not be tuned appropriately and had withstood too many years of living amongst the elements to be restored.
When I realized that the piano could not be restored or tuned, I decided to take it apart and repurpose the pieces. After doing a few searches on the best method I was unable to find detailed information. So, I just began taking it apart piece by piece.
It was easy enough to remove the top front hinged lid and also the front panel and piano keys cover. A few small standard screws in each hinge.
After the keys were exposed, more vacuuming and evaluating. The old keys lift out easily from the pins.
I didn't find these schematics until after I was finished, but they would be helfpul if you decide you want to tackle disassembling a Piano.
#28 The Key bottom is exposed when you lift the keys out from the key pins which are fastened to the key bottom.
After trial and error, a plastic fork was best to insert at the base of the pin and lift out the pads. They have been in a place a while so they are not that interested in leaving
All the piano keys finally removed.
If you have an Alligator socket this is the purfect job for it. It saves you time fitting the correct socket each time you remove a bolt.
Alligator Socket
This piano Board is relatively easy to unscrew and remove. It has to be pulled forward toward you because it has spacer boards on the side that keep it level.
You can see the lighter colored spacer board on the side above where the Piano Board was sitting
Beau, the Maine Coone is not happy about his high place being dismantled
The back top board is affixed with glue only. It had to be pryed off with alternating chisels and wedges. A large pry bar is helpful at this point. Little by little works best to keep board whole.
At this point, I thought I would be able to separate the cast iron plate from the back. Not. The Bridge pins are attached to the back. All the strings must be completely removed so that the Plate can be slid over the pins.
To remove all the piano wire, use the "wrong" end of a socket. If you have an extended Philip's or Standard bit, insert it bit end into your drill chuck and tighten. Then put the bit into the normal socket. The square standard fitting end will work on the piano rods. Turn the rods counter-clockwise completely unwinding the wire until the hole where the wire is inserted is pointed down. It is much easier to pull completely out at that point.
Whew... Finally. One of the side boards had to be loosened so that the plate could be lifted over the pins and off the back. Caution...Heavy. I used blocks and leverage to lift by myself.
Use a pry bar to slowly coax the sides off the back. They are only held on by glue. Easy does it will ensure that you keep the side boards in one piece.
Fortunately I left the castors on until this point. I could roll it to the door for escape into the wild.
Apparently they needed the castors to lift the piano a little higher to clear the bottom, so they cut out round spacers from a cardboard cigar box like the one shown. My mom had just given me an old one that she had in her stash of stuff... So funny to unscrew the castors and recognize the print and color enough to match up with the cigar box. Resourceful.
The back has three sections: the wider back, the narrower back and the side laminate holding the piano pins. Held on only by glue. Best to completely wet down and then slowly separate.
At this point, you can separate the 7 long solid posts from the back.
Everyone wants in on the piano action. Thinking about incorporating keys into a clock. Approximately 4½ Feet in Diameter.
I hope that this project picture post helps you in your piano salvaging quest. Cheers!

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