I Need Your Help--How do I attach a Hanger for this Door Harp?

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Project by grace123 posted 12-03-2018 07:16 PM 1416 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a hardware kit to make a door harp. The kit included the musical wire, nylon string, wooden balls and two mushroom plugs. The instructions with the plan were quite clear up until it came time to mount a hanger. The instructions have a template that shows were to drill holes and the instructions also say that the mushroom plugs should be stained. The mushroom plugs are supposed to be part of the hanger.

Help! I do not know how to do this, and I am asking for your input.

A typical door harp is hollow, much like a guitar. This one is no different. I wanted to dress it up a little bit. My first thought was to make a wooden sound hold cover like the one shown in the picture of the guitar below.

There are web sites that have sound hole covers for sale like this one.

I had illusions of making one to fit in the 2 1/2 inch diameter hole in the door harp. My plan was to make something that fit the hole exactly and that would lay flush with the surface of the door harp. Sadly, my skills are not up to that task.

I have a really nice bubinga board and had thought about resawing that and using a band saw to create a sound hole cover that was lay on the surface, but I could not get the board thin enough for clearance between the surface of the door harp and the wires. So I opted for brass. I cut sheet brass, 0.1 inches thick, into a shape I like. I cut a monogram in the center of the brass sheet and attached it to the front.

Anyway, I am asking for advice on how to create some type of hanger. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-03-2018 08:04 PM

Grace, not being able to see the back of your door harp, I would offer this suggestion…..cut a “keyhole” slot in the back, which will allow it to slip over a screw head and then slide down…...simple and secure.

-- jbschutz

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#2 posted 12-03-2018 08:13 PM

To jbschutz—Thanks. I edited my post to show the back. I also didn’t mention the back is approximately one-half inch thick. A keyhole slot sounds like the ideal solution.

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#3 posted 12-03-2018 08:42 PM

I use keyhole slots all the time for clocks that I make

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#4 posted 12-03-2018 09:49 PM

You could easily attach a sawtooth picture hanger to the back using 3/8” screws

nice harp by the way

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 12-03-2018 09:56 PM

My parents made and sold these at craft shows for years. My Dad glued on a magnetic sheet so people did not have to put a hole in their metal door. Never seen one fall off. They have had some on their door for 20+ years. The key hole idea worked too but the magnet was much easier to install.

(He got his in a roll)

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#6 posted 12-04-2018 12:40 AM

To JEFFRPA: Thanks for the tip about the magnetic strip. It was a concern for how to hang this on a metal door. Problem solved.

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#7 posted 12-04-2018 12:41 AM

To Paul Doug: Thanks for the sawtooth hanger idea. It is really a fun thing to have other people share what has worked for them on their projects.

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#8 posted 12-04-2018 02:01 AM

Depending on how it is to be hung; I have also just drilled a smaller shallow hole angled up to catch a screw-head.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 12-04-2018 02:29 AM

I use keyhole slots all the time for clocks that I make

- stnich

YEP! This One ^^^!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 12-04-2018 02:28 PM

Another vote for a keyhole slot, but the magnet for use on steel door interest me.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 12-04-2018 07:12 PM

Very nice? WHere did you order the kit from? And did it have a plan? or did you design the shape?

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#12 posted 12-04-2018 07:18 PM

To SMP: I ordered the plan from Cherry Tree Toys. I used the shape as outlined in the plan. However, it would be extremely simple to create your own shape. The main reason I ordered the plan was for the instructions on how to install the tuning pins and piano wire to the make harp strings. Cherry Tree Toys sells the hardware kit as well. Here is a link to the plan:

I ordered the hardware kit because the piano wire, nylon line and zither tuning pins were included. I priced purchasing the pins and wire separately and it seemed easier to get it from Cherry Tree Toys. I did not like the bridge included with the parts kit. To me it looked exactly like a piece of floor moulding, which it was. So I cut a little piece of wood and drilled my own holes to thread the nylon line through.

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#13 posted 12-04-2018 07:19 PM

Thanks to everyone for your very helpful suggestions and kind comments. This is exactly the reason why I enjoy Lumberjocks so much.

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