|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 06-18-2012 12:13 PM||3980 views||20 times favorited||10 comments|
I made this thumb piano last summer after discovering Steve Ramsey's Thumb Piano video. Although I did not follow his specs, the video was definitely the inspiration. The box measures about 5×7 inches by 1 1/2 inches thick. One thing that’s nice about this sort of musical instrument is that the size isn’t critical. You can pretty much go with anything that fits comfortably in the hands.
The wood is pine that I had around. The tines or keys are cut from a steel plumbers snake (unused, though rusty.) I finished it with spray lacquer. The sound hole looks a little large, but it sounds good. I’ll probably make another one of these eventually as it lives at my wife’s school during the year. The kids there love it.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!