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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!

-- Randy

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#1 posted 481 days ago

Your son is lucky to have a dad so interested in getting him involved with music.
Great build and thank you for the link. Have saved it and will add to my “to do” project list.


-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#2 posted 481 days ago

This is a great thing to build for your son and I bet that he loves playing with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 481 days ago

Great family project. I like the choice of wood you selected.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 481 days ago

My wife would kill me if I made one of these. Great job!

-- Jay - or

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#5 posted 480 days ago

Musical instruments are one of my favorite projects (I have a bad habit of making them in multiples) This is one I’ve wanted to take on for so long thanks for posting the plans, yours came out great!

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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#6 posted 480 days ago

Hello Randy.

Very nice.

Made of rosewood !! For a great sound i think? Do you made plans ? and if are you prepared to share them. How did you do the tuning (I don,t know if tuning is the right word but I hope you do understand the meaning) ? By sanding? or sawing?
Nice to read that you are liked the metric measurements. For making my Jeep I used fractional plans and I could not understand the benefits.
I asked do you made plans but when this is the first time with metric measerment I think you have bought the plans? And If where.

Again: A very nice project.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#7 posted 478 days ago

Wow! That’s a great project the whole family can enjoy. It will definitely be a family heirloom. Superb work!

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#8 posted 477 days ago

Thank you for all the nice comments. It was fun and different to make.

Yes indeed the keys are made of Honduran Rosewood for the most optimal sound. Each bar was specifically tuned by sanding the back side of the bar. The plans (click here) detail the process for sanding.

Klik hier voor het plannen. Uw Engels is goed in vergelijking met mij niet wetende geen Dutch! Gelukkig houtbewerking

-- Randy

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