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  1. 3-String Guitars Build

    I've just finished up the first two out of four of the 3-string guitars (and maybe more) I am buiilding for my grandkids. They sound great to me, but I am not very musically literate. I plan to take them to a real musician for their opinion and critique soon. My wife plays a little and she...
  2. Guitar #2 - Spruce / Maple

    Finally had the chance to post my second guitar. This one is made with a spruce top, and maple back/sides. I've always been amazed by maple, because when I was a kid I only knew narra, mahogany, and philippine ebony. I first encountered a maple guitar when a friend brought one his dad bought...
  3. Xylophone from a kit

    During one of my Rockler orders a couple of years ago I picked up this xylophone kit - I think it was on sale. It sat around for a while, but now that I have a toddler who is obsessed with drumming and music I figured it was time to get it done. It took a very long time to find the shop time...
  4. Instrument #7, a 3-String Guitar

    This is my 3-string guitar, #7 in a line of stringed in instruments which include two Diddley Bows and one Appalachian Dulcimer, all previously posted. I've decided to keep this guitar for myself - 'to learn how to play.' This one has a small defect, noticeable to me, which makes it a good...
  5. Hammered Dulcimer

    The soundboard is heart pine-formerly these boards were floorboards in the original kitchen of our ~100 year old house. Frame and bridges are hard maple, and the back is baltic birch plywood. The hammers are pear and walnut (or maybe that was dessert last night? No, definitely the hammers)...
  6. Didgeridoo "Patchwork" Veneer project

    As soon as I purchased this black bamboo didgeridoo (Aboriginal Woodwind Instrument) and played it for an hour it CRACKED almost the entire length of the bamboo. So after an epoxy repair that looked really bad I decided to veneer the entire thing. I had no plan I just started cutting and...
  7. Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer #1

    This is my first try at an Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer. Front and back are fiddleback maple, sides, tail piece and tuning head are walnut with a padauk fretboard. Finished with clear shellac. I had a lot of fun with this build learned some new things and will build some more of them.
  8. Bodhran Drum

    From Friday to Monday of last weekend, I went to a course with Geoff Tonkin (http://www.geofftonkin.com.au/). Geoff has a workshop on his property just outside Molong, New South Wales (Australia). Just working in his workshop is worth the trip (about 4 hours west of Sydney). He has restored...
  9. The New Zebra Wood Lap Cajon Drum that I just completed

    This was a fun one to build. Love the sound and how the grain all lined up. The main body is Zebra with a maple sound board and a myrtle sound hole rim. Going to a show this weekend in Seattle. Hope to sell it. www.Z-Stik.Com
  10. Rhumba Box

    This is based on a marumba box, rumba box, mbira, marimbula, bass kalimba that I saw on holiday years ago. It's a substitute for a standup bass. I'm told that in the Caribbean, they originally made the "twangers" out of shipping straps or old victrola springs. I chose to to try poplar sticks...
  11. A Cajon on Commission

    I was asked to make a cajon for someone. They liked my price and I duid the deed. My cajons are made from a quarter sheet of 1/2 in. plywood, using just about every scrap of the wood. The tympan panel is made from thinner plywood, ideally 1/8 inch or there abouts. For this one i had a...
  12. Tongue Drum with maple sounding board

    This is my second of a planned five or six Tongue Drums - one for each grand child and one or two for my wife. This one is 3-1/2" x 9" x 18". I tried a sounding board of maple with this one - the first was cherry. Otherwise there is little difference. And even though I halved the volume of the...
  13. Oak Flute

    I am a big fan of Native American flute music and toward the end of the school year back in 2002 I decided that making some wooden flutes would be my summer project. I had no idea how but began to research and found very little specific information. My first two flutes made no sound at all...
  14. House Pipe Organ

    My interest in all things wood started when I left school. I became an Organ Builder and joined my fathers business. Of all the things I have made, this is the one I feel most proud of, simply because from design to execution to installation I was mostly in charge. All the internal parts (the...
  15. Dulcitars/Strumsticks musical instruments

    My last music-oriented project proved very gratifying and instructive. In the meantime, my son developed a growing interest for guitars and asked me one for his birthday. Back then, I was following woodgears.ca's ukulele build while realizing that this would certainly be too involved a project...
  16. Baritone Ukulele

    Spent 4 or 5 months on and off on this one….Baritone ukulele with ingleman spruce sound board, bubinga back, cherry sides, maple and bubinga neck, bubinga fret board, and quilted maple binding…...Kasha ukulele bracing…...
  17. upright bass

    This bass took me the better part of a year to finish. It has hard maple sides ,neck and back, the top is western red cedar. I built forms and steam bent the sides. the tuner head scroll is all hand carved,along with the curved fingerboard. It stands just over 6 feet tall. The guy at the...
  18. Number Three

    This is the third and final ukulele from the wood I brought back from Hawaii last Summer. It has been an experience and now all have to do is learn how to play one of them. This one is also a concert size. It also is made of Koa with rosewood finger board.
  19. Electric mandolin

    It's finally done* After constantly getting sidetracked on other woodworking projects, I finally finished the electric mandolin I have been working on for quite a while. Since I had not done anything like this at all before, and I was not sure about how well I would do carving the neck, I...
  20. Theramin Case - Box

    Mark, a friend of mine who is a musician, asked me to build an "interesting" box to house the electronics for a Theramin that he purchased in kit form. What is a Theramin? It is an electronic instrument that is controlled by the musician moving their hands (without actually touching) near one or...
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