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So Steve over at http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com posted a video here a week ago on how to make wind chimes.

This is my first shot at my own. I am thinking about changing the striker but I will see if I need to after a few windy days.

I made them from 1” EMT Steel conduit (about $7) that I found at the big Blue Box store. Using a wire wheel I cleaned off all the gunk that was on the pipe. The disk, striker, and sail are made from walnut. All of the chimes are hung with nylon rope from eye hooks. Three chains holds everything up.

I was absolutely floored that these sound so nice. I was expecting them to chime, but not to sustain the notes so long. If your interested in the lengths of the chimes (C6 → C7 scale), I used this chart located at An Engineering Approach to Wind Chime Design

Overall the project took about six hours. I think if I hadn’t had to clean the pipes then it would have been around 3 to 4 hours instead.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - http://www.termitecrafts.com





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 639 days ago

Was the “gunk” you brushed off a galvanized coating on steel pipe ? What did you coat the chimes with to prevent rusting if they are steel ?
Thanks for the links you provided. I’ve been wanting to make my own chimes for years : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Mike

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#2 posted 639 days ago

Dusty,

I coated them with a coat of clear coat auto spray paint. I also put a new striker in it since it really needed it.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - http://www.termitecrafts.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 639 days ago

Very nice chimes. Thanks for the link to the build chart. I made this a favorite if I have to ever build another one. I just made mine out of aluminum tubing with no regards for range, tone, etc. .............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 639 days ago

Thanks for the info : ) Nothing like a nice sounding wind chime to relax with : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 479 days ago

I have made a cpl of these from that web site… That man really did some research on wind chimes and how to make different sounding one. My next one will be out of copper… Nice work on your there a fun project.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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