|Project by JWF||posted 11-21-2011 12:54 AM||2675 views||15 times favorited||5 comments|
These are Christmas presents for my two year old nieces. I’m sure they’ll have fun for 5 or 10 minutes banging on these. Their parents might not appreciate them too much but they live far enough away that I don’t really have to worry about it (insert evil chuckle here).
I made a prototype first to make sure they sounded OK. Found out that putting sound holes in one side leads to a significant increase in volume. These are made from poplar; sides are 3/4 inch, tops are 1/2 inch. I let the pieces spend some time in the sun to turn some green streaks brown (or brownish-green at least). Finish is Minwax Cherry stain followed up by four coats of wipe on poly and a coat of wax. The stain seemed to enhance the poplar green but then the poly made it fade away.