|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 10-19-2015 07:50 PM||814 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This is another one of those cases where I just felt like making something to avoid finishing some other project. (I just love moving stuff out of my way multiple times to do a side project!) I made one of these years ago, but hadn’t posted it and I don’t seem to have a photo of it anymore. One of our computers crashed last year taking some digital parts of my life with it.
Somewhere recently I saw a video youtuber make one of these, but they sort of ‘outsmarted themselves’ by gluing the whole thing together and then routing out the slots in the sides.
If you are the YouTuber I just mentioned above, I mean no offense to you.
I started with some of my drawer side wood, most lkely poplar based on the color of the grain. It was about 1/2 inch thick and I had previously planed it to clean it up. I rip cut it to make the pieces the same width and then cross cut it to get 6 pieces. I only needed 5 pieces, so one went to the side. I’ll use it somewhere for something.
Then I drew where I was going to cut away, making each cut away different so that the tone would vary. I then glued the pieces together placing the voids on opposite sides of the block. After the glue dried, I used the table saw to clean up the edges and then drilled the two holes for the hanging cord.
The edges were rounded over at the router table and the whole thing vigorously sanded to sort of thoroughly round it off. It’s for kids, you understand. I finished it with boiled linseed oil just like the last one I made. I’m sure over the next 20 years it will gain a natural finish from handling. That’s the beauty of wood!
It measures about 5×3x2 inches and (I think) has a nice sound when struck with an ice tea spoon. We’ll see when the musician says.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!