|Project by johnhutchinson||posted 12-19-2013 01:27 PM||1301 views||9 times favorited||25 comments|
This one makes me smile (and sometimes laugh) for a number of reasons.
The Cricket Xylophone was the first project that I designed and built for the Nov/Dec 1998 issue of Woodworker’s Journal. Just to keep things straight, my cricket is the one in the opening photo with the wooden tone bars. Half of the fun in doing the project was tuning the wooden bars with my physics-major son and his borrowed oscilloscope. After 15 years, it’s still in perfect tune.
When WWJ’s parent company, Rockler, decided to sell the plans in 2007 (second photo), they revised them and swapped the wooden plates for a set of metal bars. Something apparently got lost in translation, and the reviews for the plans are less-than-stellar because of some errors. I’ve never received a percentage for the plans they’re selling, but they did send me a set of the incorrect plans, for my own project, as a thank-you gift. FAR OUT!!!
My personal review of their metal bars, which I used for my XyloSpider, is pretty dismal. There’s a lot more thud-thud going on than the ping-ping I was expecting.
I know that a number of my fellow LumberJockies made the cricket because my daughter sent me some photos that she found. They’re all great, but my favorite is the hybrid (third photo) where someone used the plans for the body, incorporated a set of colored metal bars from a flea-market toy, and then offset the leg pivots by 180 degrees so that it looks like it’s walking. BRAVO!!! I’d like that Jockey to step forward and identify himself.
-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"