**Are piano cases veneered or solid timber?** I've got an unusual topic for discussion. I've got a friend that bought a mid 19th century Steinway square grand piano in rosewood several years ago. Everything I've found online points to this being Brazilian rosewood. I haven't seen it in person, but from scouring the internet, it appears that it's solid timber and not ply(plywood was invented after this would have been made, according to Google). My pal has conceded to the fact that he will never restore it due to the cost involved, and he'd rather see it go to use than waste away in storage. He's interested in using my shop to cannibalize the piano to repurpose the materials. Does anyone know anything about these pianos? Is there enough wood in the sides and top to get enough fretboards and drop tops to regain his investment money(~$1,500)? Will I go straight to hell for cutting up a 19th century Steinway? I need to make a trip out to his place to see what's actually usable, but I wanted to see if anyone out there had experience with this sort of thing before taking action. I've got plans in mind for the frame and legs as well(coffee table...hellooooo!!!) Pics not of actual piano, just reference. You can see in this pic how thick that back piece is. If that's a solid chunk of Brazilian rosewood...think of the possibilities!!!