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  1. Marimba

    I played percussion in high school. A marimba costs a lot so made one. Oak frame, walnut keys (they should be made from rosewood or paduk). PVC resonators. Everything tuned using a store bought tuner. Since then i have bought actual mallets
  2. Guitar

    Came home from college over winter break. Had to scratch my itch to do woodworking. It was extremely cold! The white inlay, saddle, and nut are deer bone from a carcass i found in the back field (i know a little gross). A lot of sanding to sculp things (heel of the neck especially). Everthing...
  3. foam cutter

    I made this foam cutter for work (got paid to woodwork in my garage for a day :). I build weather balloon instruments that require lots of foam insulation to keep things warm at 30 km (100k feet) altitudes. We used to hack out foam parts by hand with a knife, and also had a kludged-together...
  4. The Case for the Mountain Dulcimer

    See the dulcimer that will live in this case here [link] Having built my second mountain dulcimer, I built a case for it because I know it will be going to my wife's school and probably a performance or two. My wife plays in a pit orchestra and a few years ago my first dulcimer had to double as...
  5. drums set

    My drums were at a building at which I could only practice 2 times a week. There was a show coming up (3 man drum off) I needed to practice so I designed and built a drumset. At first I was just going to use old heads and just throw it together to have something to hit. Im happy with it's tone...
  6. Ukelele Case from Recylcled Lumber

    This is ukelele case for a local musican. He plays ukelele professionally, and wanted a very durable case that could stand up to a beating if need be. And he wanted it made out of recycled wood, if possible he requested. So With luck I chose a very weathered piece of 3/4 inch ply and took...
  7. Tounge Drum, Mitered Corners w/Keys

    The Italian Olivewood is extremely fragile to work with mitered corners. All I know is, I got lucky I did not break off an edge or corner. The tongues are made from Bloodwood. Both really look rich after finished with walnut oil. You can search YouTube for a good tutorial on building this...
  8. Cajon #1 is special

    Easily the one thing I've made more times than anything else is cajons. I've just never posted them here. When I started woodworking, it was because I wanted to make musical instruments. Then I fell down the rabbit hole of everything else you could make with wood (SOOOOO MUCH!) and the only...
  9. Custom 4-string bass guitar

    This bass started from all rough cut lumber from my local yard. Planed it all down, cut it to size, glued it up and cut out. I then shaped, sanded and finished all by hand. The top of the body is curly purpleheart and the main body is ash. The neck and fingerboard are both made of curly maple...
  10. Celtic Harp - 34 strings

    My first project for LJ! I made this harp for my wife. It is made from quilted maple and has a spruce sounding board. Although you can buy it in kit form, I built it from scratch using blueprints I purchased from a company in Oregon. Here is a link to their website...
  11. Civil War rope tension snare drum

    I built two of these for a reenactment we have at Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob MO every three years. I copied a drum I found a picture of on an antiques website up northeast. I changed the company to a MO outfit, so this is not an accurate reproduction. The Mozart company were German as it turns...
  12. Wood Inlay in a Bass Guitar

    This was an old Samick Saturn bass that I got as a bag of loose parts for $30. The previous owner had scraped all the paint off and was going to rebuild it but gave up. I have always wanted to try sprucing up a guitar, so it seemed the perfect opportunity. I made a pair of videos that show...
  13. My take on a Fender Telecaster Thinline Guitar

    A good friend of mine rescued a piece of what I have called quilted mahogany from being hurled on to a bonfire. At only 4" x 2" and only around 20" long, the fantastic grain pattern appeared only along the 2" edge. In order to get full benefit, I sawed it into about 3/8" strips and, eventually...
  14. Mountain Dulcimer

    I made this dulcimer for my wife. Although she doesn't play yet, she has wanted on for a long time. The woodworking club I belong to chose a dulcimer as a club project, so I couldn't put off making one any longer. This is my first stringed instrument, and was loads of fun to make. I started...
  15. 8 String Guitar

    Here is my final RG8 style custom 8 string guitar. It took me quite a while to finish but it is finally done! Solid Bubinga body with a Wenge accent stripe. Maple and Wenge laminated neck with a matching Bubinga accent veneer cut from the same wood as the body. Rosewood fretboard with 24 frets...
  16. Lyre

    A friend asked me if I could make a lyre for her son as a display for a school project. He is going to put the finish on, secure the tuners with screws, and string it. She gave me a picture, that is all I had to work with, and the fact that she wanted colored wood. Hard maple and bloodwood, he...
  17. xylophone

    This is a xylophone that I made out of cherry and walnut, it sounds pretty good but could still use further tuning. The keys are tuned by sanding material off of the back in a radius (thinner at the center)
  18. Cajon

    A Cajon I built from Phenolic Resin Plywood with a Birch Plywood Tapa.
  19. Maple Krin African Style Drum

    This is one of three Krin Drums I have made for our drum circle. It is from Maple. The Claves are turned from Horse Chestnut. The Krin is made by cutting slots in a log and hollowing out using a chainsaw. Here is a video of how it sounds
  20. 8 String Guitar Body #2

    Finished my 2nd guitar body build! It is an extended range 8 string guitar body made out of solid quartersawn bubinga with a small diagonal wenge accent. This was a remnant I had left over from my coffee table I built a few years ago. I had always planned to turn it into a guitar body and I...
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