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If you really want to bring the gift of music to all the young people in your life give them one of these hand made kazoo’s. They are a lot of fun and their parents will all want to kill you after they play them for an hour or two.





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mudflap4869

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#1 posted 12-24-2014 04:50 AM

You are a man after my own heart. How can I make them for all my friends kids? Wait a minute! I don’t have any friends. Well maybe I could pester my wife with one of them. HEE HEE HEE. OOO OOO OOO! Hand them out in sunday school. Can you say kicked out of church?

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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Mustang67

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 05:04 AM

Those look really cool, but I want my family to continue to talk to me (well maybe not my sister-in-law) :). And I see what your trying to do there Mudflap. I don’t think your going to get out of going to church that easy.

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lightweightladylefty

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 05:11 AM

Mike,

How about some more details so we can all annoy our families and friends.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 12:46 PM

Reminds me of the time we gave my (then 5 year old) nephew a DRUMSET for Christmas!
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Mike

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 04:43 PM

They are pretty easy to make and I tend to do them in quantity because once you set up everything you can make them pretty quick.

I like to use 4/4 strips glued together like you would a cutting board. They can be any width you’d like. After cutting the strips into squares I head to the drill press.

The first hole is from front to back and is the smallest and goes all the way through.

The second hole goes all the way through from side to side.

The third hole is an enlargement of the first hole from front to back but it stops when you hit the side to side hole, it doesn’t go through to the back.

The last set of holes is done with a counter sink #6 bit. It is the 4 holes, 2 on each side, which will hold the sides on after we separate them from the body.

Now take the kazoos to your sander and sand them, I use my floor sander to do this job quick which included rounding the corners.

The router is next, just a quick 1/4 round over on the edges both top and bottom.

Back over to the table saw were I use my sliding table set up with a stop block to cut both sides off. As soon as I cut a side off I attach it with 2 #6 screws.

I like to simplify the finish so I pour some spar varnish into a bowl so I can submerge the whole kazoo in the varnish. I use a long wood dowel as a drying rack, sliding the kazoo on from side to side. You have to babysit them for a while catching drips of the bottom using a brush.

After they’re dry take the screws out and cut yourself some small pieces of plastic shopping bag, place them over the hole and reassemble each side.

On some of mine I have to run the drill back through the small hole coming out the back to clear some varnish out.

Now hand them out to your friends kids and let them know if their parents “accidently” break the plastic you can always fix them.

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sras

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#6 posted 12-24-2014 07:03 PM

Nice! Thanks for the build details – looks like a fun project.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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KayBee

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#7 posted 12-24-2014 07:10 PM

I’ve made a bunch of these in the past too! Great fun, the kids of all ages loved them. However, they do seem to get ‘broken’ by the second or third day. ;)

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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lightweightladylefty

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#8 posted 12-25-2014 03:09 AM

Mike,

Thanks a lot for posting the details of the build!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 05:00 AM

Nice project, thanks for sharing!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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