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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 07-18-2010 08:43 PM 4313 reads 22 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yep. It’s a rainstick.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 08:51 PM

Thank you and as usual your the man. Now I know what I am doing today with my daughter.

-- Daniel

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 09:04 PM

Well done Steve! I love it!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 09:17 PM

Cool steve
But whats a rainstick?


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#4 posted 07-18-2010 09:31 PM

Excellent idea. I always like the sound of rain. Now you just need to put it on a slow turning motor for hours of fun and excitement.

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 09:34 PM

Thanks Jim. Here's a Wikipedia entry about rainsticks.

Living is Marin is taking its toll. I am totally resisting the urge to make something with crystals and meditating in my shop.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 09:37 PM

If the end result is supposed to be the noise it makes , you done good , Steve : )
I was thinking all along that you were going to tell us to put it in the garden and when it gets wet , it means that it is raining outside ! LMAO…Thanks buddy : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 09:42 PM

As usuall Superb absolutly Superb….....................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 09:44 PM

@Dusty56 Wow, what a great idea! Hmmm…lessee, you need a kind of wood that changes color dramaticlly when wet. Well, red cedar works well. Cut a chunk and make it pretty. Ooh! A Roman ogee edge! Nothing is fancier. Find a spot far from the house or obstructions…say, in the middle of the yard. When you want to see if it’s raining, take a walk out to it and see if the color has changed!

Hahaha…thanks man!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 07-18-2010 09:46 PM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 07-18-2010 09:51 PM

Very, very cool. The percussionist at my church has a real rain stick that is really cool. A few years ago, our vacation bible school had a tropical theme so, for crafts, we attempted to have the kids to make rain sticks. We used pieces of bamboo. It didn’t work as well as yours, but it did work. Very inventive way to make it. I would never have thought of using the hardware cloth.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 09:58 PM

I Always wondered. Thanks Steve. Its Awesome.

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 10:04 PM

Great video, Steve. It was quite a bit more mellow than the Steve we have come to know. I thought it was really cool and I loved the way you presented it. The end result was beautiful, too. :)

Thanks! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 07-18-2010 10:06 PM

Very nicely done! Both the video and the rain stick!

Here’s a practical question, though it may be stupid to some…

How did you mill the thin stock for the shell and ends? Did you resaw something, or simply plane it down? what kind of stock did you start with?

I’d like to make some things like this, but I have no band saw (yet) and hesitate to waste so much stock (aka $$$) to obtain a relatively thin piece… but, planing (or resawing on the table saw ICK!) seem to be my best options.


-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

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#14 posted 07-18-2010 10:25 PM

Aaaaaaaaaaaaah. My favourite rendition of over the rainbow. Zen and the art of woodworking alive and well in Marin. You have now progressed to the second level of enlightenment. I’m stuck at level zero with glue-ups from hell and only my swearing to keep me company. Do you do courses?

Great project, Steve. Nice to see the old masking tape in evidence.

In a strange way I like crystals. If anyone I know brings them out or starts talking about them I feel perfectly calm about the fact that I am running away from them as fast as I can!. These things saved me from many a dodgy relationship. Please Steve, don’t do crystals, I beg you!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 07-18-2010 10:32 PM

Between your great projects and smooth video techniques, you are rapidly becoming one of my most favorited posters.
Thanks a bunch Steve!

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