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what i've been doing #25: Xylophone for my grandson

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« Part 24: What a great easter weekend! Part 25 of what i've been doing series Part 26: nautilus cam bench clamp »

I made a xylophone for my grandsons second birthday. I had seen a old woodwright show where Roy had shown how to make a xylophone. The frame is red oak, the bars are also red oak. The mallets are made of sapele and popular. The frame was built and held together with dowels. The bars were cut then I used sawdust to find the dead spots to place the mounting holes. I used little squares of leather to float the bars above the frame. Here are some pictures and a short video.


Thanks for your time.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com



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William

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#1 posted 852 days ago

That is cools Super.
I’ll bet he loves it.
I hadn’t thought of using wood for the sound bars.
I was looking a while back a a set, a very expensive set, of metal sound bars in one of my catalogs.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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boxcarmarty

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#2 posted 852 days ago

Ludwig Logan Beethoven…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Dave

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#3 posted 852 days ago

The Africans were using wood for thousands of years. They are really easy.
You got it Marty. I think a drum is next.
Thanks guys.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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boxcarmarty

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#4 posted 852 days ago

You’re new at this Grandkids thing aren’t you Dave. You don’t make drums unless you can send it home with them…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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eddie

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#5 posted 852 days ago

Dave thats just to cool ,the wood has a good tone too.nothing more enjoyable than to make something for the ones you love

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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eddie

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#6 posted 852 days ago

great looking grandson ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 852 days ago

Super,
Looks like the gift was well recieved.

Next musical instrument build; drums=NO, a WOODWIND=YES!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#8 posted 852 days ago

Marty, Eddie and Randy thanks guys.
The first times are the best.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 852 days ago

Hey… and you even did a pretty good job of Tuning it too!

Nice COOL JOB & project!

Logan was having a Ball with it!

Good Show!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 852 days ago

Great Dave, Get it Beethoven!, I like that part.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Philip

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#11 posted 852 days ago

Nice one Dave!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Chips

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#12 posted 852 days ago

Taking entertainment over the top.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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Dave

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#13 posted 852 days ago

Thanks Joe that means a lot.
I thought it was funny to Mauricio
Thank you Phillip
Hello there Chips, you know we have to keep them entertained down here.
Thanks guys.
The tuning part did scare me a bit but if you use the sawdust to find where to mount them it is fairly easy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 852 days ago

Wow! That you’ve seen it done and did it is very cool, Super! Best thing is, the birthday boy loves it!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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steliart

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#15 posted 852 days ago

very cool, sounds great

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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