Building the frame was just straight forward woodworking, accurate measurement and square cuts. I built the frame out of cherry 1. I like cherry and how it darkens over time and 2. it was a $400 upgrade for frame on one of the commercial marimba websites. I can get cherry at a reasonable price here.The first thing is to make the two ends. Time to make the keyboard frames. This is one place where building the glockenspiel first really helped in understanding why and how important...
I seem to have really slowed down with my blogs here these days. For those of you who are used to reading my posts every day, I promise you that I will get back to being here more often as soon as I can. It isn’t that I am doing less (I don’t believe) but that things have been spinning in different directions this year and I am sometimes unsure if my daily activities are ‘blog worthy’ or of interest to you all. Sometimes we just need to take a breath and regroup befo...
Hi! It’s been a little but since I’ve posted. Now that Phoenix, AZ isn’t so hot I can get back out in the shop comfortably more often. More time equals more projects. More projects means more experience. More experience (to me) means more creativity and more exploration. So, cherry is on sale down at Woodworkers Source on the I17 frontage road between bell road and union hills. It’s about $5/bft so I bought about $50 worth; I’m tempted to go and buy more nex...
Was able to finish the bottom drawer on the router table end of the workstation. I also decided to splurge (yeah, right) and bought some wood knobs for the drawers. The metal pull on the big drawer is clearance from Lowe’s. I found about a dozen like this for 82 cents each. Couldn’t pass that up. They were cheaper than the wood knobs at 87 cents lol. Also I think they’ll be better for the larger drawers that’ll have more weight in them. Once I had all of thi...
Here’s Part 2 of my fence building project.View on YouTube
[Above] With the whole instrument put together, it’s time to attend to a few details. First I sanded the whole thing, rounding over the sharp corners. Here I’ve used a very thin bladed back saw from my modeling tools to score the locations on the nut and bridge for the strings. These are just marks for now. The final fitting of the strings will be done last of all. FYI the two notches are supposed to be close together. It’s a dulcimer thing. [Above] On the ...
Ok, Stanley #45 is set up to make 1/4” wide grooves… Jig has been made. Then a few swipes with the 45.. Cut a groove in the top edge of each side. Then a test fit or three First one showed the panel was a bit too long. Trimmed it a bit, and remade the bevel. This morning, I went back to the shop. The bevels needed fine tuned, had a few spots that were a bit too fat, Spokeshave, block plane, #3 handplane, and some 80 grit wrapped around a wood slat. Worked al...
I have finally started on the marimba. I am following the plans I got from makeamarimba.com. They are a good plans although some times you have to translate from oz to usa english. I did a lot of searching on line on commercial marimbas and settled on padauk for the keyboard and cherry for the frame. The preferred wood for concert keyboards is rosewood. I called my hardwood supplier to get a price on rosewood when I was able to breath again I decided padauk was a good keyboard wood (most...
[Above] On the reverse of the sound board piece, I measured out and cut the gap that will help the sound from the fingerboard travel into the sound box. I drilled holes at each end, leaving a ‘bridge’ in the middle for strength and cut it out with my jig saw. This area is hidden by the finger board, so I’m not concerned about blowout. [Above] Then I marked for the sound holes. I drilled two round holes in the upper half and traced out and cut two birds in fligh...
This is the latest video in the build of the Octave Mandolin. In this segment I’m gluing the freshly made soundboard to the quilted Maple rim. Adding the tone bars and cutting out the Apertures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmdEjQzoCDA
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