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The Kanklės is is the national instrument of Lithuania. This one was made over a weekend for my children to play with. Its a 5 string version (great for children as its easy to learn and not very loud:-).)
This instrument was made from a single 2 1/2” plank of bass wood. First I put the plank through the planner to make it flat on both sides, then I cut out the rough shape (omitting the tail details) with the band saw. Next I flattened the top and bottom on the jointer. Using the band saw I then cut a 1/4 inch slice off the top(this will be the top deck). The two parts were then put through the planner to smooth the cut surfaces.
The inside of the instrument is hollowed out using a chisel (you could use a router), don’t hollow under the tunning pegs or the tail.
Next the F hole is cut in the top deck. Once this is done I glued the top deck to the bottom piece. as well as gluing on a 3/4” thick piece to build up the tail for carving, leaving it overnight to dry.
The next day I cut out the shape of the tail. Then I drew on with a pencil the design for the carving, then carved and shaped it.
The The whole instrument was then sanded to 600 grit.
To bring out the carving a brown spirit stain was applied. This was followed by 3 coats of lacker.
The tuning pegs were made from brass screws with 1mm holes drilled in them. However I would recommend if you make one use real piano tunning pegs or make wooden peg as found on violins.
The Kanklės is is the national instrument of Lithuania. They make a great weekend project. This one was made over a weekend for my children to play with. Its a 5 string version (easy to learn) but they can have almost any number of strings you that you want.
Here is a great site with details about Kanklės with designs- (the shapes not so important but the length of strings are): http://Kankles.mch.mii.lt/content.htm
-- Mark, Lithuania, http://www.woodworkers-online.com