Alright so today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you how I made this really cool percussion instrument out of a bunch of scrap lumber I had laying around.
So I marked off the soundboard and cut it to length, and then I drew some reference marks on my table saw. After you clamp it securely you can plunge cut it from underneath. After those were cut I elongated the grooves.
For the second soundboard I got the idea to do it all in one go – and it went a lot smoother.
You can do all the cutting in this project just with a jigsaw if that’s the only power tool you can get your hands on.
Next I used a file to even out some of the rough spots that I probably could have avoided if I’d have only put the fence back on my saw. And finish cleaning up with some coarse sandpaper.
For the box I decided to make Dado joints between the soundboards and the sides.
This kind of hole saw needs to be fitted to a drill arbor. Make sure your clutch is set to drill.
I just laid a light bead of carpenters glue in the Dado grooves for a firm hold. Excess glue wipes up easily with a damp rag.
Because of the size of it I decided to go with a ratcheting load strap as a box clamp.
So I made my own batons by poking holes in champagne corks with my awl and then inserting nice round chopsticks into them. I honestly thought they’d need to be glued but they really hold on tight.
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