|Project by Lloyd||posted 07-06-2008 03:48 PM||2746 views||2 times favorited||19 comments|
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., www.woodturnerpro.com