|Project by sugarpine||posted 08-07-2011 05:35 AM||1222 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
These children’s xylophones were made for a client that introduces music to under privileged kids. The hardware kits were from www.leevalley.com. They are available in 8, 13 and 25 bar versions. The kits include every thing required except the wood. Both were made from 5/8” baltic birch plywood. I cut 3/4” wide slots under the bars to improve the sound quality. All edges were eased with a 3/16” radius round over bit. The bars rest on 1/4” X 3/8” self adhesive foam strips. The 13 bar version is about 14” long. The 25 bar version is about 26” long.
If I were I to do it again I would replace the foam strips with a wood strip with thick felt glued to the top. The kids will no doubt love them but I suspect the foam strips won’t hold up very long.
I made one of each and an additional nine 13 bar bases pre-drilled, pre-finished and ready for the hardware installation.