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Here’s a neat trick.

Like some other fine manufacturers, the McPhail company applied the same high quality veneer and finish inside and out of its upright pianos.  So if I set the fence of my table saw just right, I can slice off a vertical and horizontal strip from the inside of the bottom panel where it won’t show.  With that done, I now have an arsenal of original, matching 1915 mahogany veneer to make repairs with.  This piano arm was gnawed at or worn away by something. It will look original when done; it will be done with original material!

Panel with veneer removed
The much lighter core wood on the edges of the inside of this panel show where I have “harvested” the mahogany veneer.
McPhail Arm
It usually works better to change out a whole piece rather that attempt a small patch.