Back in 1990, a dealer commissioned me to convert an old burr walnut piano into a davenport desk. Fortunately the piano was already dismantled, having outlived its usefulness as a piano – a task that would have been arduous enough! It was a somewhat challenging job, as a swathe had to be cut through the centre of the piano due to the book-matched veneers and the original finish preserved. Not visible in the photo is the cupboard built into the lower side. Possibly not a viable undertaking today.
Not having been punished enough, a second request was made in 1993, with a slightly more glam piano. Again, the finish was preserved, but this time a bank of drawers, including a ‘secret’ drawer with a trigger mechanism, was built instead of the cupboard, making it more complicated.