wind chimes

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Project by AaronK posted 10-27-2015 05:54 PM 710 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 08:56 PM

This project turned out nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 09:19 PM

I always like these until the wind won’t stop blowing.
Then I hate them.

Nice build…...................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 09:56 PM

nice wind chimes and thank you for the link to the wind chime site.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 10:16 PM

Mike – I find wind chimes are a lot less annoying when they are tuned and not just randomly cut.

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 11:58 PM

Nice looking wind chimes! I’m off to the site you recommended.

-- Dean

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 10:40 AM

awesome project! went straight into the favorites list.. thanks for sharing and i have no doubt she loves it!

-- Jeff Lemont, IL.

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