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Project by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 02-01-2011 10:57 PM 5310 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of my most difficult projects to date!!! This is a custom pipe organ console. I made this from Oak ply and Oak stock of all different sizes (4/4 to 8/4). When I was asked to do this I had never conceived in my mind to accomplish something of this magnitude. All I had to go on was the three keyboards and the foot pedal assembly and a ton of rules and guidelines used by pipe organ manufacturers. I learned several things from this Dowel pinning, so the customer could remove the sheet music stand at the top. I also tried my hand at lamination for the curve of the front of the bench. There were a lot of dados and measure twice cut once mentality. Took me over 3 months to complete working only on the weekends. Believe me when I finished, I was glad it was over.

Wow!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 11:05 PM

Quite a job. Excellent work!

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

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 12:44 AM

Thanks Charlie

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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jevarn71

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#3 posted 02-08-2011 02:01 AM

Very nice!

I’d like to build something like this for my wife. Were the keyboards and foot pedal assy scavenged from an old organ or were they sourced elsewhere, if you know. Also was this an air pipe organ or electronic?

v/r
Jason

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#4 posted 02-08-2011 02:13 AM

Hey Jason, I am here to tell you it was fun but also very time consuming. My advice to you is plan, plan, plan. Know your measurements before you ever start cutting. I have found that planning it either digitally or on graph paper and laying out the design really helps in speed and accuracy while working. I didn’t do this on this particular project. The keyboards were purchased by the customer “brand new” and the foot pedal assembly was used also purchased by the customer. It was all electronic with access panels in the rear for all the cables.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#5 posted 02-08-2011 02:15 AM

Here is a Pic to give you an idea…..

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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jevarn71

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 04:51 PM

Cool! Thanks for the response. I’ll have to do some research on the organ parts.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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RonCSTL

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#7 posted 10-22-2011 11:50 PM

Drew, is this console for sale? I’m looking for something just like it.

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 03:34 AM

No, this was a custom build for a customer. All his design!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Carbide

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#9 posted 02-24-2012 07:08 PM

Looks great!! I know what you mean by time consuming. Unique projects are always like that.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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