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Project by sugarpine posted 08-07-2011 05:35 AM 1556 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These children’s xylophones were made for a client that introduces music to under privileged kids. The hardware kits were from 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.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 07:43 PM

Nice simple set up. I have a few of these sets and a couple of toy xylophones I have picked up at yard sales, this might be just the thing to do with them. How is the sound?


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 06:27 AM

Nice work and good thoughts to go with them .
The kids will have fun with them


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 05:23 PM

The xylophone sound is OK but far from perfect. There is some vibration as the metal plates touch the shaft of the screws. The instructions mention installing short lengths of a drinking straw as insulators. I didn’t try that. My preference would be heat shrink tubing. It would shrink around the upper screw threads and possibly ease the vibration.

-- sugarpine

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#4 posted 08-10-2011 10:34 PM

very nicely done, and the heat shrink is a neat idea. Thank you for sharing!

-- Dale, Oregon

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