Bill Rosener, Ph.D.
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Turning Inspiration from a Grand Piano
By Bill Rosener

Published in "The Highland Woodturner", November 2014, No. 44.

Do you know an inspiring artist? Maybe the next Van Gogh or Monet? If so, your artist might be looking for something to hold their drawing instruments (crayons)! A grand piano shaped holder makes an exciting and innovative way for artist to hold crayons, colored pencils, etc. This holder combined with a box of crayons makes a great birthday or Christmas present for those young ones in your life - without a huge investment in time. Depending upon your turning skills and the details on the piano legs, this project can probably be created in an hour or two.

This holder requires you to create a piano shaped top along with turning three wooden legs. The top part of the holder can be constructed with various tools. But a band-saw or jig saw would probably be necessary to create the curved edge on the piano. Once the top has been created, I drilled 17 holes in the top with a ?” forstner bit and 3 holes in the bottom with the same bit to hold the piano legs. Next I turned the three wooden legs. If you are feeling extra creative, figure “piano-legs.jpg” shows some ideas for possibly leg patterns. My piano legs are approximately 1.75” long. This includes a ˝” tenon hidden inside the holder and a 1.25” viewable piano leg. Finally sand and finish your holder as you see fit.

The crayon holder pictured below and below holds 17 crayons. Keep in mind many crayons are sold in packages of 8, 16, 24, 48, and 64. So if you think your artists wants a perfect match (i.e., there are the same number of holes as crayons), you might consider drilling more or less holes. Rather than buying crayons, another option for filling the holder is to keep taking your artist to their favorite restaurant (one that provides kids with crayons and paper) until their crayon holder is full!