Wind Chimes

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Project by Zuki posted 08-16-2008 12:07 AM 4066 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is my entry into the Gorilla Glue Challenge.

For some time DW has wanted a set of Wind Chimes and this was the perfect time to build them. I searched the web and found these plans online at Lowes –

Materials: Birch (top and clapper), galvanized pipe (chimes), poplar (weight) and twine.

This was my first time working with birch and at $4.90 a BF it is quite expensive for my meagre wallet. I purchased 7 BF so that I can use it in another project or two. The calculations from the plan require the purchase of one 10’ length of pipe. I went with ½” galvanized pipe @ $7.89 a length as opposed to copper that would have cost me around $30.00.

I started by cutting the pieces of pipe to length and hacking off a piece of birch.

The plans called for an octagon top, however I went with the more traditional round top. I chose poplar as the weight as a contrast to the birch. I used a jigsaw to cut out the pieces and the drum sander on a DP to smooth everything out.

As this was going to be outside in all sorts of weather and was not utilitarian in nature I decided to finish it. Here you can see a mixture of oil and bee’s wax. It is the consistency of a hard paste wax.

Applied to the birch it really brings out the colour.

The next step took some time and a heck of a lot of patience . . . tying the strings. As I am not a Boy Scout and my knot knowledge is limited to the “granny knot” and the “half hitch” I needed some help in holding the knots and stopping them from slipping. This is where Gorilla Glue came in.

After I tied all the knots I dabbed each one with a little Gorilla Glue, trimmed up the loose ends and I was done.

Here are the chimes in action.

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#1 posted 08-16-2008 12:21 AM

Really cool.
NOW I get the wind chime comment.

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#2 posted 08-16-2008 12:58 AM

the sound is beautiful!!!! well done

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#3 posted 08-16-2008 01:02 AM

Hi Zuki;

cool project.


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#4 posted 08-16-2008 04:39 AM

Nice project Zuki, we all need to keep the wife happy. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 08-16-2008 06:04 AM

Neat project, looks good

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#6 posted 08-16-2008 06:12 AM

Nice project Zuki!

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#7 posted 08-16-2008 11:37 PM

Thanks all. I must say it was a fun little project.

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#8 posted 08-17-2008 12:53 AM

I really enjoy windchimes….I guess the reason they suggest copper pipe is because it doesn’t rust but develops a wonderful patina and also has a nicer sound to it than galv. pipe does . Nice project and looks like it held up well during the tornado that you filmed : )

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#9 posted 08-17-2008 11:47 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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