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This is a three octave marimba I made for my grandson. His elementary school has a marimba band and my daughter wanted a marimba for him. I have a hard time saying no to my daughter and DIL and their kids.
The bars are made from padauk the frame is cherry. The bars are finished with danish oil and the frame has several coats of lacquer. This definitely was an educational experience for me and got me way out of my comfort zone. I also did a blog on this. You can see that in the blog section.
I think I will try a mountain dulcimer next. (Thank You Dave Rutan)

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Wow! That's something very special and beautiful. It's a good bet that your grandson has the only marimba made by grandpa with love. Excellent job!
 

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Holy Cow! There are some amazing lumberjocks on here. How do you even tune something like this? Get the right wood that will ring appropriately? OR How do you even finish something like this before a school year is gone? You are amazing!
 

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A stunning accomplishment … and for your Grandson!

This is a special kind of wow.
 

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Very nice and soon I hope to hear the sound. Also thanks for the blog.
 

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Very nice work Bruce. Good blog post too.
 

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That is way cool ! I hope you and your family enjoy it for years to come. I read on line that if you are not totally committed to making one of these don't start because you will get frustrated with the process. GREAT job.
 

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AWESOME!! I just do not know how else to describe it.
 

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Truly an incredible build.
 

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Super nice Project.
How cool would it be to hear some one playing an interment You had made!
 

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I saw one of these being made on TV (How it's made show). It's defiantly no easy feat.
You did a good job.
 

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Bruce,

You must be bursting with pride! What a blessed grandson! To accomplish it so quickly is a feat in itself. Were I to undergo such a thing, it would end up for the great-grandson it would take so long, (except it could never happen because I have neither your skills nor your patience!). Maybe it will end up being played by many generations.

L/W
 

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Very impressed with your build. Far far beyond what I could think of doing, my hat goes off to you.
 

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Outstanding! I would have quit after sanding two bars of that paduak. I really like the wood but that red dust all over EVERYTHING! Really nice project though.
 

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Super cool - I dig it. I'm sure that your daughter and grandson will be thrilled.
 

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What an ambitious undertaking and you executed it beautifully! Great job, Bruce.
 
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