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Project by Andy Smith posted 05-01-2017 05:10 PM 426 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past Christmas I decided to make my beautiful niece a xylophone. She is at the perfect age where it is still fun to receive a handmade gift for Christmas. I know there will come a time when that cheap plastic crap will be more exciting but for now, this still works. This was a simple build with Cherry, Oak, and Walnut scraps that I had from a previous project. I cut the slats and then tuned them by sanding a cove in the bottom of each block and suspended them with felt so the sound would not be muted. The gift was very well received and my niece pounded on it for quite a long time.

I put quite a few of my projects on Instructables so if you would like to see a full tutorial please click here. Thanks so much for looking


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#1 posted 05-01-2017 05:58 PM

The most famous instrument for little kids. I hope it sounds good as it looks. Very good explained process in tutorial.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 07:04 PM

Cool! Simple yet priceless for a young mind to explore the arts.

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#3 posted 05-01-2017 07:39 PM

Very nice for sure. And don’t kid yourself, there will be a time when they appear not interested in the ‘handmade” items but after that faze they will treasure them. My grand kids are going to get crazy grandpa’s handmade stuff as long as I can make it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 09:38 AM

Well done!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 04:10 PM

This is a beautiful instrument. 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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#6 posted 05-02-2017 04:44 PM

love it well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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