Street Organ

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Project by tallshipsailor posted 12-16-2018 03:26 AM 548 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Making of my Street Organ;

Beginning March 2018, finished October 2018
Built from John Smith Senior 20 Street Organ plans.

The plans I purchased were meant as guidelines as they were not very detailed. I was able to revise and add missing details. In some places I totally redesigned some of the parts to simplify installation and efficiency.

The plans called for all moving parts, such as the offset blocks and various wheels to be made of wood. I opted to make them all out of metal. I drew up engineering drawings for all the parts and had a machinist friend fabricate out of aluminum. I felt considering the time and detail put into this project I want it to last through out several generations.

The woods I used were; ¼” marine plywood, sepele, bass wood, maple and maple veneer.
This was my first attempt at any veneering and inlay work.

In order to have something to set the organ on, I built a triangular base with the same maple veneer, inlay, and sepele wood stair spindles for the legs.

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 10:15 AM

Wonderful work and a very interesting project.

If you take photos from your phone with it in a vertical position your photos will always be rotated to the side, so to get them right side up you need to keep the phone in a horizontal position when you take photos.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 10:39 AM

The beauty of John Smith’s design is that it can be used to make a simple, rough-and-ready organ such as would have been used by buskers in the streets of villages and towns, or a precision instrument such as you have produced, Mike. With its extremely high standard of construction and finish, you have indeed created an heirloom which will be treasured by its owners in future years. Congratulations! (from a rough-and-ready maker!)

BTW – download free Irfanview and you will easily be able to rotate your pictures – and manipulate them in many other useful ways.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 12-16-2018 01:54 PM

Brilliant!!! That is really an amazing piece of woodworking. Great Youtube video too.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 12-17-2018 03:23 AM

Wow That is quite amazing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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