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Project by GaryK posted 2487 days ago 2784 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this is the final product of my labors. First of all let me apologize for stopping my posts on it’s construction. The offer of my first book was too good to pass up.

First thing you probably noticed was the color, right. Well, back then they were often painted this way.
I liked the color besides. There is still some gold pinstriping to do which will help to break it up some.

Is suprised me how good it sounds.

For the wood I used:

Case: Peruvian walnut
Keyboard: Basswood, with swiss pear covers on the naturals and holly tops on the sharps.
Soundboard: Sitka Spruce
Bridge: European beech
Misc: Oak, Maple, Southern Yellow Pine and Poplar.

Other than the screws for the hinges, it’s all held together with glue.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX





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Don

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#1 posted 2487 days ago

Fantastic!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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TomFran

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#2 posted 2487 days ago

Congratulations on the completion of this project, Gary. It looks great, and I’m sure it will sound great too!

That’s a lot of precise work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Karson

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#3 posted 2487 days ago

Great project. Was you book on the making of this instrument?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 2487 days ago

I’m super impressed !

Gold pen striping will help with the field of blue. Maybe even a little gothic design or flare ! What year is this modeled after ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 2487 days ago

Very cool, Gary! I’d love to play it.

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

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GaryK

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#6 posted 2487 days ago

Karson – Yes, it’s a book about this project.

Dan – No year really. I modeled it on ones from 1500-1600’s.

I forgot, I also have to make a stand for it.

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Corey

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#7 posted 2487 days ago

Wow!! What a project, that is so cool. Congrats on the book!

Corey

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 2487 days ago

Man, that is something!! C’mon, tell us a little more about the book. Any one who can build these types of thngs deserves to write a book about it. I am so impressed!! and that ain’t easy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 2487 days ago

I’d like to get a signed copy of your 1st edition. When will your book be available ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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GaryK

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#10 posted 2487 days ago

As far as the book goes, I’m still writing it. I have a lot of work to do so it may be months before
I get it done. I will let you all know.

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 2487 days ago

I am impressed. I can’t imagine the drive and dedication that it must have taken to build something like this. I am anxious to see it after the gold trim has been added – should really pop. Congratulations on the book deal.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2487 days ago

astounding. This is wonderful. I can’t wait to hear how it sounds!
Congrats on the book. That’s pretty darned exciting.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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BigTiny

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#13 posted 1468 days ago

You used Peruvian Walnut and then PAINTED it?

FOR SHAME! :)

Seriously, one great job.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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