Woodwind Bell

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Project by RobS posted 02-22-2009 08:19 PM 2412 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The story may be better than the project on this one..

I’m known amongst the jocks and throughout my family for searching the sands of various beaches for rescue lumber. This last summer was no different as my family foursome visited Corpus Christi, Texas and the beaches of Port Aransas.

Maybe the most memorable day at the beach, it rained. Yes that’s right, rained. When we got there it was cloudy but we still wanted to enjoy our escape. We’re all doing our own thing when the clouds let loose.. and I mean loose! In a matter of seconds, it was pouring. Now remember, this is south Texas, in mid August, so regardless of the downpour, it is hot! I kinda laugh and look around at my family, and my son sees me and raises his arms as if to say, “who cares!”. My daughter starts laughing and my wife starts dancing. Thus with this “when-life-gives-you-lemons, etc. etc” attitude, we all continue to enjoy our time at the beach, which includes me combing for creativeness.

So during the monsoon I happen upon a 6 inch piece of 1×4 cedar sticking out of a dune. The sand is fairly fine and proves to be easy digging. I end up uncovering about 24 – 30 inches of the wood and it seams pretty solid… Longer story shorter, I end up breaking it off. So this piece along with another piece of less descript wood from the same vacation became what you see here, ScottB ’s Christmas gift this year, for lack of a better title, a wood bell, or woodwind bell. Yes, it has a clapper inside to knock against the sides as the wind catches the weight.

Both woods have some interesting character which was brought to life with my first attempt at re-sawing with my small band saw. The walls of the bell are roughly 3/8 inches thick. The piece measures roughly 3.5×10 inches and the weight is about 2.5 inches in diameter. It’s held together with Gorilla brand wood glue but does have 4 little brads in the top and bottom so it should be able to ring out in even the strongest of gales.

Finished off with 3 coats of spar urethane and 0000 steel wool after every coat, it’s protected to withstand the New England outdoors. I did test it here in Texas before shipping it off and it’s nice because it’s tune is more of a horse-like clippity-clop and a lot less obnoxious then most of those gong type wind chimes.

Enjoy Scott and family, my only advice is to get it out there in the elements and let it be heard

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 08:41 PM

Every salvage or rescue project is better with a story. Nicely done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 12:56 AM

Looks great and a wonderful way to remember the day at the beach.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 01:13 AM

Hello Rob;
—-great story and great wood project!
Right now I’m caught between picture frames of your son with his hands in the air, your daughter laughing and your wife dancing, (kind of sounds like something my wife would do in the rain) ....and then off goes Rob, rescuer of wood and visionary of wood projects to come.

I must confess that I really do like how you’ve described the music of the Woodwind Bell; ”it’s tune is more of a horse-like clippity-clop ”.

I also noticed how and why your piece of cedar wood is so solid, “it seams”....with seams like that, I sure this cedar wood will seem to be able to withstand our New England winter’s….LOL.

Great hearing from you and watching for snow up here today….;

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 01:15 AM

Wooden Bells! Hummm…cool.

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 06:35 AM

Thanks Rob. Love it!
Yes it’s more of a “knock box” than chimes, so the neighbors should have no issues. Glad to know it can withstand the clime…. the past week or more we’ve seen just about everything. Snow, wind, freezing rain, sun and (comparatively speaking) warm(ish) days.

Great save on the wood, and finding it pre-sanded to boot. Nice! ;o)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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