Door Harp

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 04-11-2013 02:15 PM 2852 views 9 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off I want to thank Steven Marin of Woodworking for Mere Mortals for the idea! As a new woodworker I found this to be a good challenge to my budding skills ;-)

I started my picture journal a little late so here’s where I started. I need a chunk of wood at least 1 1/2” thick and to my luck I found an old bed headboard on the curb heading for the dump. I brought it home cleaned it up and found it had a wonderful grain to it. I used Steve’s template and cut it out on the bandsaw. The body was really the same as making a bandsaw box. I used this method to saw off 1/4” front and back and then a jigsaw to cut the acoustic chamber in the middle section.
I wanted to use marbles for the swinging hammers but could not see a way to tie them to the harp. I decided I could turn them on my lathe. After MANY attempts I finally learned how to turn a sphere on the lathe. I finally got three close to the same size and reasonably round. Next I needed a way to suspend them over the strings. My first thought was to use bolts but that didn’t really appeal to me so again “why not turn some on the lathe” (so I did. I got to use my calipers to get the peg dimensions so I could mount them on the harp.
Now the “how am I going to attache the guitar strings”? Again bolts with holes drilled popped up that’s how Steve did it. and Again why not turn some on the lathe, didn’t work so well! The wood pegs I turned could not stand the sideways pull the tuned guitar strings created. I found some anchor pegs at the local guitar shop and found tuning pegs on Amazon for a couple of dollars . I ended up using two part epoxy on the anchor pins to keep them in place but the turning pegs were perfect and held the tension perfectly. I built my own bridge using some maple I had laying around and a stout piece of steel wire.
The first picture is the completed harp I am pretty pleased at how it turned out. To see all the pictures take a look at my flickr pictures at this address:

I tell my grandchildren when they open the door and hear the music it means their guardian angle is entering the room with them. They seems to enjoy that thought.

Thanks for looking and if you see Steve Marin give him a thanks from me!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 02:19 PM

very sharp been wanting to make 1 of these for a while. it looks good

-- greg indiana

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 03:16 PM

Wow, never seen anything like that, it looks very nice! I have two holes in my front door (presumably where a knocker used to be), this wouldn’t be a bad way to cover them :)

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#3 posted 04-12-2013 02:49 AM

Very cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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