Native American Style Flute Case

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Project by drbyte posted 1693 days ago 2305 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m always going somewhere to show or play some flutes and needed something better than a cardboard box to lug around. Finally got around to making one over the holidays. The top is 1/4” birch ply. The sides and ends are Red Oak edged with Walnut. Protective strips across top are Bubinga and across bottom are Maple. Handles sewn with 1/2” rope inside for shape and carrying comfort. It opens 180 degrees and lies flat. The bottom is custom fitted for three flutes while the top is open for more flutes in ‘flute bags’. Leather straps hold the flutes in the top half while opening/closing case. The keepers on top of the three bottom flutes have two rare-earth magnets embedded in them and two mating magnets in the bottom flute cradles, on both sides of the middle flute. They seem to stay in place fairly well. Hope to find a piece of nice red velvet to fully line the case with in the near future. Corners are just butt-joints with 3/8” through dowels. Really need to find some nicer latches too. Finish is multiple coats of Watco Danish Oil. I didn’t want a surface finish on something that will surely get a few scratches and dings along the way.

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 1693 days ago

Very interesting. Do you make the flutes as well?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1693 days ago

Yes Charlie I make the flutes as well. I have made about 50 so far, #31 is in the case nearest the hinge side and also detailed in the project before the case. Thanks for looking and commenting.

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 1693 days ago

Very nice! Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 1693 days ago

Beautiful – excellent work!

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#5 posted 1693 days ago

NICE! I like the flutes you make as well.

-- Jon

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#6 posted 1693 days ago

Nice job

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#8 posted 1693 days ago

very cool

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#9 posted 1693 days ago


I really like the combination of Red Oak and Walnut. What wood are the dowels made of?

-- Ed

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#10 posted 1693 days ago

Great flute Case

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#11 posted 1692 days ago

graet looking case and flute´s

thank´s for sharing


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#12 posted 1689 days ago

Thanks all for the great feedback. The dowels are birch by the way, sorry there’s no shot of the end. And a special thanks to Max for the great shots he took in his studio so I would not have to set my photo equipment up in my unheated ‘man-cave’.

-- Dennis, WV

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