This woodworkers list of woodworking plans features a collection of construction projects for building various music stands for sheet music, as well as musical instruments. Some beginner projects and others are moderate or advance skilled do-it-yourselfer can build. The woodworking information found on these sites range in quantity and quality. Please contact individual web sites if you have questions about those woodworking projects.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a handbell music stand. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a Mission style music stand. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
A music stand is a fairly simple piece of furniture but it must be adjustable to accommodate people of various sizes playing different instrument. I designed it so that the height and tilt of the rack are controlled by hidden spring-loaded friction devices.
You are sitting in the local pub enjoying a pint. From a dark corner of the room comes the sound of a fiddle. Next, a whistle joins in with its high, clear, shivering tone. You listen for a while to the jigs and reels when suddenly the mood takes a turn. A deep, exciting thrum-thrum moves like a heartbeat in time with the music, adding spins and twirls of rhythm that both support and complement the melody. It is an ominous, exciting sound which takes the music to a higher level and you soon find you are tapping your feet as you listen.
My electric mandolin project started out as a much more complicated travel/ silent electric mandolin with a built in preamp and a compact speaker/ amplifier combo to act as a built in on the go mini amp. Along with a small body it was originally meant to allow for easy travel.
After building this flute rub a coat of linseed oil on the finished flute. Cover the last six holes with the first three fingers of each hand. Blow across the blow hole as you would on a soda pop bottle. Keep trying until you get a constant note. Now you can remove a finger to get a different sound. Experiment and practice. Have fun.
With my nonexistent music abilities, and my limited budget, I could not justify buying myself a little Casio synthesizer or something like that. The only way I could justify owning a musical instrument was if I actually BUILT it.
These pages are crammed with info about how I build dulcimers. My aim is to demonstrate the quality of my methods to prospective clients and students, help beginning builders, and exchange information with my luthier colleagues around the world.
For my first acoustic mandolin project, I decided to build a relatively ambitious and untraditional design I though up while stuck in my dorm room freshman year in college. In hindsight it might have been a good idea to use a kit or at least an established design for my first instrument, but what is the fun of certainty and predictability anyway? This site is meant to document my triumphs and failures alike as I venture deep into the unknown territories of luthrie...
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