Handmade wooden kazoos!

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Blog entry by TomGrin posted 01-07-2019 01:16 AM 1074 reads 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I start with a blank ¾” x ¾” x 5”. I made a little jig to drill them in the drill press. I use a 5/16” brad point bit. It’s not long enough to drill all the way through, so I have to flip them.

I switch to a forsner bit and drill the hole in the body. I drill it about 1 ¾” from one end.

I cut the top piece on the bandsaw with the aid of a fence. I cut them ¼” thick and 2” long and ¾” wide to match the body of the kazoo.

I sand the top pieces on some sticky backed sandpaper laid out on my table saw. I wear a glove to try and save my fingertips. I use a 100 grit and a 220 grit.

I drill a hole about a 1/16” deep in the top with a forsner bit just off center. The hole needs to be deep enough to hold the screen and let it vibrate a little. I come back and drill a hole all the way through with the next size smaller bit.

I place the top on the body and drill pilot holes for the screws. I drill the holes in the top a little bit bigger to prevent cracking. I secure the top with a couple of temporary screws and move to the sander.

I sand the mouth piece. (closest to the hole) I try to round all the edges. I put the top on before I sand so there aren’t any gaps once I’m finished.

I finish sanding with my orbital sander and hand sanding as needed. I apply a couple coats of mineral oil and let dry.

I bought the screens as 7th heaven, a local pipe shop that still smells like incense 30 years later. They carry four sizes so I bought them all. The #2 screen is the same size as a 5/8” forsner bit.

The screen and a piece of parchment paper are trapped between the top and the body.

I secure the top with the final screws and trim the excess paper with a razor blade.

That’s it! They are a lot of fun. I love the look on people’s face when you pull a handmade wooden kazoo out of your pocket and play it. I did find out that the blanks are the same size as the blanks used in making pens. Looks like that might be my next step. There go my paycheck!

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#1 posted 01-07-2019 02:19 AM

Awesome – you should post this as a project!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-07-2019 02:45 AM

Thanks for this tutorial!

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#3 posted 01-07-2019 01:18 PM

Just added this to my absolute favorites list :)) Gonna stop by 7th Heaven my next trip up 7 Hwy, haven’t been in there in probably 20 years!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 01-07-2019 02:12 PM

Great idea for gifts :-)) Thanks for sharing!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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