Ash wood bagpipe case

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Project by marinus posted 04-22-2016 10:57 PM 2770 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this to carry my bagpipes around because I can’t stand the nylon/plastic ones they sell for $200+ online. I wanted a durable wood that wasn’t incredibly expensive so I went with ash. The box is lined in a realistic-looking faux leather, just to look good and to take a little hardness out of the wood for the sake of the fittings on my pipes. The little sliding-lid box built into the corner is for all the little odds and ends pipers have to carry around. The bottom of the lid has a lip built in so the lid acts as a music stand. This is my first attempt at this sort of project and I’m relatively pleased with it.

-- -Ian

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 01:21 AM

First project like this? Very impressive-I don’t think I have ever seen dark colored ash like that before.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 03:01 AM

Great case! Really interesting wood and like how you customized this for your purpose.

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 12:56 PM

Nice looking case and very functional accessory. If you don’t mind a little constructive criticism, I would’ve sanded and softened those sharp corners.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 02:49 PM

My kind of guy! Nice work, although I have found that these cases can be a bit heavy.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 02:55 PM

That is a beautiful instrument and a beautiful case for it. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 04-23-2016 03:44 PM

Great job and thanks for the idea. I have my pipes in a bag in a dresser drawer – which is probably not too good for them. Do you do any humidity control for your pipes? I have some clip-on devices for my guitars but was wondering if the wood in the pipes might need to be in a controlled atmosphere?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 04-23-2016 10:40 PM

You did an excellent job on this case. Love the wood and the hardware you used. Great workout!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 04-24-2016 05:40 AM

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. I certainly don’t mind constructive criticism at all! I did consider rounding the corners but in the end I decided I liked the hard corners better.

Mike, I do have a small humidifier in the case, but most people I talk to don’t seem to even bother with it. If the blackwood of the pipes is stable, it should be fine in most climates. My old pipes (early 70’s Grainger Campbells) have some small cracks at the joints but they don’t lose air so I tend not to worry.

-- -Ian

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