Celtic Harp - 34 strings

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Project by Lloyd posted 2209 days ago 1965 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project for LJ!
I made this harp for my wife. It is made from quilted maple and has a spruce sounding board. Although you can buy it in kit form, I built it from scratch using blueprints I purchased from a company in Oregon. Here is a link to their website:
After the pictures were taken, I added levers to each string so that it could be quickly adjusted to play in different keys.
It was a very fun project and wasn’t terribly difficult to build. The grain of the sounding board has to lie horizontally to the case and decreases in thickness from 1/4” at the bottom to 1/8” at the top. It is necessary to build a sled for a drum sander to accomplish this.
The scariest part of this project is stringing the harp. There is a tremendous amount of tension pulling at the soundboard and by design, it flexes quite a bit when it is fully tuned. I kept expecting the soundboard to pop off and sail around the room but it hasn’t, so far.

-- Lloyd, Portland, OR.,

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#1 posted 2209 days ago

Simply amazing! The wood is beautiful and your attention to details are admirable. This will be making music and admired for centuries. Thank you for sharing.

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#2 posted 2208 days ago

What a gift! We have a friend who makes peruvian harps and plays as well. Not only a beautiful piece but great for the soul too.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#5 posted 2208 days ago

Wow, that is truely amazing… what a great project!

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#6 posted 2208 days ago

This is outstanding! It is hard to believe that you have never made something like this before. Did you make the inlay as well from scratch?

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#7 posted 2208 days ago

Excellent! I really like the inlay. How does she like the tone?

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#8 posted 2208 days ago

That’s a beautiful instrument and a work of art in itself! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 2208 days ago

Incredible! Beautiful display of woodworking!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 2208 days ago

I’m always impressed by people who make instruments. There’s a level of detail that is beyond me at this point. Well done, sir.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 2208 days ago

Wow, Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#13 posted 2208 days ago

Beautiful harp!

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#14 posted 2208 days ago

Simply beautiful. You did an outstanding job on this piece. Great inlay and craftmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#15 posted 2208 days ago

Great looking job. I love making instruments.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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