DragonFly Harp #5: Stand Mods- 1/6/2011

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Blog entry by Donna Menke posted 01-07-2011 03:35 AM 5134 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After getting some great helpful feedback from members of my Virtual Harp Circle (Yahoo! group) friends I decided that the harp needed to be shorter and angled more towards the player. That would make the strings more vertical and the player would not have to lift the arms as high to play. Here on the workbench I’ve propped up the front of the harp to simulate that change.
Then you see the result in place. I decided against removing too much of the legs of the stand. Not much difference, but hope it still balances well in wood. That is the plan for the Limerick soundboard stuck to the side. By using that string layout, and that for the neck, I hope to get the same sound.

With that settled I could disassemble the foam mock-up and start to pick out my wood. This may seem like an easy job, but I spent 6 hours yesterday working on the project- which brings me up to about 21 hours so far- and I haven’t even started to make sawdust.

Here is the stack of foam and the stack of cherry wood.

This is the scary part- now I have to commit and start cutting up the wood. Without a set plan this will be interesting. I read recently that with a prototype you just make the first piece and then fit the next one to it. . . and so on. Easy for that guy to say, he wasn’t making a harp!

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 03:52 AM

Will be watching the process. I’m sure you learned so much doing your first one and you did all the prework you can do for this one so will be watching you pressing on.

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 04:02 AM

Now is the time to discover those things. Your templates proved beneficial and you now have patterns to work with :) This is going to be a beautiful harp when finished!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 01:51 PM

A brave venture. I like the prototype way of working. You will undoubtedly get some good ideas as you go along and you will be able to incorporate them into the design since you are not working from a detailed and nailed plan. Very interesting to watch your progress. The styrofoam prototype/patterns seem to have worked out very well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Donna Menke

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 04:21 PM

Autumn: Now THAT is a cool instrument. Thanks so much for that link. Hubby thinks it is great too- I will have to hide fun things like that from him or he will want to build one. We expect our projects to take longer than expected- we call it the 11/3rds rule. If Fine Homebuilding says it will take 3 days then it will take us 11. Same with fine woodworking, but that is a hobby and taking time for hobbies is OK.
Diane: You are right that doing it the second time is somewhat easier- though I have to constantly keep in mind how some of the changes I’ve made affect the plans and construction. This new design, for example, will not need the internal bottom piece since it sits on an external bottom piece- hadn’t thought about that until laying in bed at night going over the construction in my head. Took a long time to get to sleep.
Stephang and Eric: I had to make the foam version or I would not have any idea where to start. Combining my new ideas with existing string placement seems like a good way to go about it without going through the process of defining a new harmonic curve- I have no interest in that project. I’m already looking forward to stringing it up and hearing the sound it makes. Silly woman.
Thanks for the comments, Jocks, it is heartening to get feedback.
Now I have to brave my table saw- shudder- gird my loins and brave my nemesis.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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