Pipe Organ Desk

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Forum topic by coloradoclimber posted 07-23-2011 09:23 PM 2134 views 2 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2011 09:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pipe organ desk

Found this one the web, pretty cool if it works as described…..

The Pipe Organ Desk

It is quite likely this is the coolest desk in the world!

The Pipe Organ Desk has been in the works for more than 3 years. It is entirely made from solid wood down to the last screw. It features an octave of functional wooden organ pipes. Should you play the correct sequence of notes or tune, a secret compartment opens up.

When you push in a drawer on the desk the air is directed to one of the organ pipes at the front of the desk, sounding a note. Some of the air is also directed into a pneumatic logic board. The logic board within the desk actually keeps track of the notes played. When it picks up the correct tune it unlocks a very special secret compartment. The logic board, can be reprogrammed to pick up any tune, so at any time the song may be changed to a new tune. It is powered entirely by air, and it is made entirely from solid wood.

Hidden in the desk are many other puzzles and secret compartments storing clues and scraps of information for anyone on a quest to play the correct song. This project has been an odyssey for me. I am refreshed to be nearing the end a long journey, having learned a lifetime of skills along the way.

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 10:04 PM

That is totally nuts.

I first ran across the WoodGears guys looking for information on
portative organs (a medieval portable, bellows-driven organ). He
made some organs using a vacuum cleaner to supply the air.

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 12:00 AM

Yeah, good find. He takes it to a whole new level.

I ran across this article about him a month or so ago—pretty good story about how he built the desk.,2

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 12:11 AM


-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 02:36 PM

This is a funny desk.
I wander how the pneumatic logic works.

For those interested in building a real organ in wood which is not only a musical instrument but also a nice piece of furniture, visit the site of Raphi Giangiulio :

The construction is explained in great details.

I very much like the organ sound.
I doubt that such a big instrument would be accepted in the living room ;-)
I don’t have a shop (yet?)
and anyway, I should first learn to play the music.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 08:39 PM

that is very cool. your wood selection is great also.

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 06:37 AM

Someone Emailed me a link to his web site. Figured I check to see what Lumberjocks had to say about it. The technical aspect leaves me speechless.

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 01:32 PM

As Sylvain suggested, it is possible to build one’s own organ, but if you want something a bit smaller than the one to which he links, how about a player organ ?

John Smith has designed a number of these – which have been made by people all over the world – see his “website

I have made a couple

The first was the paper-roll version of a 20-note street busker organ, (hear it playing)

and then I made a version of his 78-note Topsy – which uses MIDI files

You can see and hear it being played by my wife collecting for charity with Inner Wheel here:

And No! The monkey is NOT me :-)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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