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Oak and Copper Windchimes

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Project by blackdogwoodshop posted 03-29-2008 04:01 AM 1514 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I build these windchimes as a gift for my wife. The wood is red oak and the chimes are made from copper pipe. I used a heavy duty fishing line to suspend the chimes. They sound great!

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com





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#1 posted 03-29-2008 04:06 AM

That is pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 04:55 AM

Those look nice, what size tubing did you use? Like the choice of wood you used. A couple of years ago I also had built a couple sets of chimes. Some out of 1/2 , 3/4 and 1 inch tube. Crazy thing happened to my 1 inch set. Had finished it and it sounded great the longest tube was 46 inches long and had a total of 8 tubes. The chimes sounded just like the Westminster Chimes at Churches (Great Sound). Hung the Chimes up in our big ole Pine Tree about 10 foot of the ground. Our house sets about 50 feet of a main 2 lane road. We’ll went to sleep that night, slept sound actually fell asleep listening to the chimes. Got up for morning coffee, went outside and the wind was blowing a little but didn’t hear the chimes. THEY WERE GONE, during the night some NEEDIER person than I had Stolen them. Goes to show GUARD THEM . It takes a little effort to get them to sound GOOD…......so when you do make sure their not reachable…...you brother woodworker…...John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 06:23 AM

This looks like a great project. It reminds me of wind chimes that my Grandparents had that sounded so beautiful. It makes me want to make some. Thanks for the inspiration! Great job!

-- Daniel, Tumwater, Wa U.S.A.

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 11:03 AM

Are the tubes random lengths, or do you actually tune them to a scale? If so, how?

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#5 posted 03-29-2008 01:30 PM

This is a really nice project. My wife has bought several chime sets and puts them in all the landscaping areas. I have never considered making them but your post has given me some ideas. I will ditto rikkor’s comment.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 08:36 PM

A very interesting project. Pl tell how u decide the length and diameter of the copper tubes.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 12:45 AM

I was looking at some of these in a local landscape store the other day thinking I need to try my hand at one of these. Did you use predetermined lengths of pipe? Great looking and the wife can enjoy the sound and remember where it came from.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 03:49 AM

Thanks for the comments and the interest. To make the chimes sound good, they need to be specific lengths and diameters. In my case, I used 3/4” copper tube. There is some complicated math you can do to fiigure out the appropriate lengths. However, I found a great article that describes a fair number of options for different sizes of chimes. I followed this for mine, and they sound good. Here is a link to the article for those that are interested: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=HomeDecor/WindChimes.html

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 10:43 AM

Thanks for the link to the article Daniel.

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