There are a lot of possibilities in choosing the wood to use from my recycled piano – I don’t know what this is (maybe some sort of mahogany) but it is not too dense, works beautifully without producing splinters, and is fairly hard. So it should be good for the nut (where the strings leave the headstock) and the tuning pegs.
The piece cut out in the photo above will be the nut.
The next shows the blanks for the pegs cut out, ready for rounding.
The job didn’t take too long; I used a tapered reamer to partially taper the holes in the headstock, and sanded the pegs to fit.
There are the pegs fitted, with 20mm protruding to take the strings. I will drill the holes for the strings when I’m ready to add them.