Croc Xylophones

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Project by cranesgonewild posted 1530 days ago 2786 views 21 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two xylophones at the same time for my two nephews. I was really happy with the way these turned out, considering that I had no plans to go by. I found a picture on the internet of a plastic croc xylophone and tried to copy that, but with my own flare. Such as hanging it on the wall when not in use. My intentions for the eyes were suppose to be a little more in detail, but my wood carving skills were not up for it. So, I settled on two simple triangles for the eyes, which I’m really happy with.

The crocs were made out of pine. The hands and feet were cut with a slit on the tablesaw so the red felt could be glued inside. The dowels were all cut to size with a hole drilled in the middle and sanded which took a lot longer than I thought. I finished it all off with a green stain and clear coated afterwards.

The xylophone kit was bought at Lee Valley along with the two ‘drum’ sticks.

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#1 posted 1530 days ago

Very cool

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#2 posted 1530 days ago

This is a great idea, and well executed.
Your nephews are going to love these !!


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#3 posted 1530 days ago

So cool. Your nephews are lucky boys!

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#4 posted 1530 days ago

That’s just too cool and the eyes are perfect!

Let see how much you like them after an hour of banging on them.


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#5 posted 1530 days ago

Very cool idea for the kit. I have on of these as well and just havenot decided what to do with it yet. Like the storage idea.

btw.. Welcome to LumberJocks.


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#6 posted 1530 days ago

Really cool idea. The final product turned out really neat.

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#7 posted 1530 days ago

I like! Great idea, and great execution. I think the triangles are better!

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#8 posted 1530 days ago

Those are really nice, something the kids will enjoy.

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#9 posted 1530 days ago

These are just awesome and they will be cherished by the nephews.

btw – I like the pic of the one green croc hanging while the other is unfinished next to the planer. With the camera angle, looks like you ran a real croc through the Dewalt ;)


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#10 posted 1529 days ago

Great idea, do you live in Florida? Here we use the real thing. LoL I’m sure they’ll love it.

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#11 posted 1529 days ago

these are brilliant

what you haven’t told us is how they sound

keep up the great work


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#12 posted 1210 days ago

A great project

I would love to make one for my Grandson.

Now you have the turning bug, round eyes?

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