|Project by AaronK||posted 10-27-2015 05:54 PM||790 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
For a 7th anniversary gift for my wife – copper, mahogany, and brass hardware.
I used this very helpful site to guide my construction. The pipes are doubled (two octaves) and tuned to an E6sus4 chord using 3/4” and 1/2” schedule M-type copper pipe. Something was off about the thickness of the material, resulting in lengths a bit longer than calculated using the linked website… which meant a lot of trial and error grinding down the pipes to just the right length. That was by far the hardest part of this whole project.
The wood part was easy – old, reclaimed mahogany left over from my blanket chest build and finished with a light coat of spar varnish. Copper was sanded and wiped with mineral oil for presentation, but exposed to the environment this will eventually wear off and develop a nice patina.