The design for the piano bench provides a lifting seat in order that the space underneath may be used as a receptacle of two compartments for sheet music. It is especially desirable if you have no music cabinet.

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The bell-shaped feet add quite a little to the labor of constructing, although, as may be judged from the illustration, the resulting appearance of stability fully justifies it. This additional work, however, may be greatly reduced and a very fair result obtained by first planing up each leg perfectly straight and then gluing on four small strips, from which the foot may then be formed, just as though it had been worked from a solid piece. In either case care should be taken in working around the curves, because the tendency will be to cut too deeply along where the leg begins to assume the straight form. The mortising for the crosspieces can proceed as usual after you have marked each one out accurately. The crosspieces should then be tenoned to match, and the lower one at each end should receive a blind mortise to hold the ends of the foot rail. The two legs of each end may now be connected with the short crosspieces. Set up with glue, and after testing with the steel square, clamp firmly until set. The side strips should now be made ready and fitted to the legs, after which the two complete ends may be set up and connected thereby, with the foot rail in place. A light bottom must now be fitted in and a transverse partition secured in place, all of which may be attended to with glue and a few brads. The seat now remains, and it should, if at all possible, be in one piece, nicely grained with the edges beveled off uniformly all around. In placing the hinges be careful not to set them too far in, but so that the seat will open straight up without marring the legs, and then provide a cord or brass check to prevent it going any farther.

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DIMENSIONS

4

2 3/4

X

2 3/4

X

20

2

7/8

x

4

X

36 1/2

2

7/8

X

4

X

12

2

7/8

X

2 1/4

X

12

1

3/4

X

2 1/4

X

36 1/2

1

1/2

X

11

X

36

1

7/8

X

15 1/2

X

40 1/2