Well i should have updated this blog in a more timely fashion. I have lost many pictures over time. Anyway, after last entry i got the benchtop glued and bolted to the leg assemblies. It worked fine over a couple months, as is, no further upgrades. Though i was lacking a good front vice. Come sometime in the spring, i think, i lose track of time easily with my work schedule. I walked in the shop, after returning home. Found my front apron has twisted and pulled free of the bolts holdin...
Another bit done on the coffee table. Well, actually it is done and in use, but in the time line of the build, here we go getting those feet looking a bit nicer. View on YouTube
Managed to sneak out to the garage for a couple of hours yesterday and was able to get the three drawers I built the previous weekend installed. I haven’t gotten the faces put on them yet, but they’re in. The bottom one is rather stubborn. After I got it installed I measured and the opening is about 1/8” smaller than it is at the top so it binds just a bit. Thought maybe I’d spray it with some dry lube to see if that makes it a little smoother. The top drawer has a hea...
I Knew that with christmas approach space in my shop had to be made for incoming tools, In this case, it was one of those ridgid oscillating sander. I decided to build this minimal but extremely rugged sander cart. The idea behind the desighn is similar to mathias wandells in which the cart has open faces for future drawers. https://youtu.be/XDavMWO1Geo
The keys and resonators are made and have a rough tune. It’s now time to get everything ready and do the final tune.We need to drill mount hole in the keys before we can tune, first we need to locate and install the suspension components. The glockenspiel taught me that location and spacing of the suspension is a critical step. Space the suspension to close and the keys rub against the suspension causing vibration noise and affecting the sound from the keys too far and there isn̵...
Time to start on the resonators. These are the pipes that hang below the keys and give the instrument its signature sound. The keys when struck sound like a musical note but they sound more like a piano than a marimba.I went with as thin wall PVC pipe as I could get locally. I believe for the 2” it was about 140psi and the 1 1/2” about 160psi. The plans give the length to cut as I cut them i wrote the note inside the tube to keep them straight. Once they were all cut glued th...
I have all Christmas presents ready and time to work on the Marimba again.When I left last I had moved the lower keyboard over an 1 1/2 for clearance. After final tune and drilling the keys I didn’t like the gap so I moved everything back an 1 1/4. It looks way better. I applied one coat of lacquer. The old adjustment The final. Keys are closer to the upper frame and just looks better. I need to quit over thinking these things. Time to rough tune the keys. the keys were ...
I’ve never done a music box before and now that I look at this mechanism, I think I could have done better. Too late now. What I have done is install this one and made the box so that I can upgrade the music mechanism later. I used my patented (not really) magnetic latch technique. I love using magnets to secure thing. These rare earth magnets are cheap, strong and easy to use. I cut a heart out of walnut for a split lid feature In order to figure out the velvet l...
Well, I didn’t just quit woodworking for two years. I just let that box sit. I did turn this chunk of mahogany into a bass guitar that same year, I just haven’t posted that project yet. Back to the music box. A longgggg time ago (~15 years ago) I purchased a music box mechanism to make a music box for my wife. It plays “It’s a small world” as we’ve been to Disney World a bazillion times and her favorite is the Small World” ride. Ob...
Like magic, all the mitre cuts are done. This part isn’t difficult, but it requires SUPER CAREFUL setup and no haste. Here it is folded back together. Everything looks good so far. I re tape it for glue up Only after it is all glued up do I see my small but significant error(s): My mitre cuts were a hair off. This caused small gaps along the sharpest edges. No going back now, so I decide to bevel out the edges to compensate. I am good at compen...
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