|Project by Randy||posted 04-28-2013 04:09 AM||5094 views||10 times favorited||8 comments|
I used these plans to build this xylophone for my four year old son. This is the first project I have ever made using metric measurements and to my surprise, I found it much easier! I mitered the corners of the box so that way the grain of the wood continues around the box. I did not use any mechanical fasteners in the construction except for those holding the keys in place.
The keys are made of Honduran Rosewood, the box of figured Prima Vera, and the handles, decorative inlay, & drum sticks of Gabon Ebony. The drumsticks and handles are embellished with Swarovski, emerald crystals. I finished the box with eight coats of Behlen’s stringed instrument lacquer and the keys with Behlen’s fingerboard oil.
It was a fun project to make and one that will be a family heirloom. My son and I both enjoy playing it as the sound is fantastic!