Woooden Kazoos

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Project by TomGrin posted 12-14-2018 02:03 PM 2531 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this design by Matt Micucci in the book Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman. I modified the design a little. these are 5” long. they are 3/4×3/4 and the top is 1/4” x 3/4 and about 2” or so. The reed is a piece of freezer paper under a screen with room to vibrate. the top has recess to hold the screen made with a forstner bit and a smaller through hole. The only problem with these is I can never throw scrap wood away again because the top only takes a small piece. A great way to use that last bit of nice wood I was saving. I plan to do a build blog on these. These are maple with zebra wood tops. A couple have rose wood. I also made some out of walnut and maple. I finished them with mineral oil.

-- Tom, Sawdust therapist

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-14-2018 02:12 PM

Nice job, but I think I’d better not ever make one or my threshold for what makes a scrap “worth keeping” will end up with everything worth keeping.

Still, nice work!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 03:26 PM

More clever Christmas items!! Make different sizes for different pitches and you can have a kazoo band!!

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

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#3 posted 12-14-2018 03:41 PM

This is an interesting project. Nicely done. I could see making a bunch of these for kids for Christmas and driving their parents crazy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 12-14-2018 06:39 PM

Excellent Christmas gifts for the grands! Not so sure what their parents will think of them, though! LOL!!

-- ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ -- Bill

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#5 posted 12-14-2018 11:23 PM

Tom, these are great!!! And yeah, I’ll definitely trade you a bottle opener for one!! I’ll be looking forward to the build blog and studying the one you give me. Congrats on your daily top 3!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 12-15-2018 06:31 AM

Amazing neet little projects and finished real nice.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#7 posted 12-15-2018 12:24 PM

Ohhhh Man, Parents everywhere are gonna hate you. I can imagine the ruckus on Christmas morning as youthful players practice their chords. I am hoping a few of the parents have more than one player, just to make things a bit more amusing.

Thanks for posting, and congrats on your 3. This post made me laugh out loud, thanks for that.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 12-16-2018 06:48 AM

My oh my – I’ve got a small pile of scrap (now ex-scrap) wood. Please post that blog so I can attack these in my garage. I’ve got five great grand kids – how wonderful for them to have one of these in doors on a cold snowy day. I’ll be laughing so hard I’ll have to sit down….Thanks for these.

-- DonB

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#9 posted 01-07-2019 01:18 AM

I posted a blog on building these. They are fun to make and play.

-- Tom, Sawdust therapist

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