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Any /diy/rummers here?
I need a practice xylophone, something that will suffice as a 'practice pad' of sorts to practice mallet parts at home. I don't need a whole instrument with resonators, nor does it have to be perfectly tuned. But it will need to have some acoustic properties so I can hear a difference when I hit the wrong key.
>My two main questions:
>> What's an inexpensive wood with decent acoustic properties?
>> What's a good way to fasten the wooden keys to the frame and still allow some vibration.
I found a few sites covering making a xylophone or marimba at home:
The last site looked to be the easiest plans: using wood planks (1.5" x .75") cut to various lengths. Someday I might build a full instrument with quality wood and good acoustics. However for now, I just want something I can build quick, easily, and cheap.
My first idea was to get a 3/4" piece of plywood and cut out the keys, hang drum style, such that the naturals were one solid piece and the naturals were another solid piece. While I figured I could make a 3.5 octave "hang-drum xylo" for under $30 this way, I wasn't sure how well it would replicate the tone or how durable it would be after a few years of work.
My second idea was to just cut out the bars from pre-cut 1x2's, shape them for tuning (create the arch), and then affix each bar directly to the frame, much like they do for bells (as opposed to suspending the keys).
My goal was to create a 3.5 or 4 octave practice xylo for under $50 (US). But with my plan to use 1x2's, my estimate of cost is more around $150, depending on wood used.
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I have four of these large plastic barrels, I've sealed them all and they all float. I want to construct a raft to sail around on the sea a bit. How would you recommend doing it? I don't have any power tools as I'm at uni, and can't really afford to buy new ones atm. I have nails, planks and rope.
Ideally I'd like to float three people on it, but two would be fine.
I was thinking of building a frame out of the planks, nailing everything together. Maybe getting wooden pallets and nailing them to the top so we have somewhere to sit.
But we don't really know how to attach the barrels to the platform without drilling any holes into them. Ideas?
retractable spear head staff
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Sup /diy/ today I finally figured out how to make the main characters weapon from "The Last Apprentice" by joseph delaney.
Now that I figured it out and spent 4+ hours in MS paint designing it, I am going to start collecting the materials for it.
If some one has already made this post a link/pic.
My question for all of you is what problems do you foresee complicating my project?
I am making this for purely decorational purposes, but I want everything to seem real.woodworking and metalworking I can do, and I have all the tools I need. this will be made onto 2 halves then glued together, maybe banded with metal caps on both ends. If this does work out, I do want to make a fully functional version for use as a pig sticker. When I get to the pig sticker I want to forge the spear head/rod together to make one solid piece.
TL;DR what will go wrong in my pic
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Think you guys can help me out here? I need to find a specific type of pulley.
I need it to accommodate 5/8" rope, and mount FLAT to a ceiling or wall. Not with an eye.
Pic is very much related. But this one is meant for 3/16" rope. Does anybody know where I might be able to find such a thing for a decent price? I have found that blocks like these are available for use in theatrical rigging, but those are far too expensive, and way overkill for us. I'm surprised that such a thing is so hard to find.
Required working load is only about 50lbs, so with a 5:1 safety margin we're looking at a 250lb rated pulley.
Also, what is this type of pulley called, that mounts flat like this? That might help me find one.
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Despite never playing, nor even holding a paintball gun - I've recently had an urge to open a paintball arena. Mostly because I'm a man-child but also as a business venture.
Being in the UK the weather is horrible, therefore an indoor arena is almost definite. My first step would be to buy a warehouse. I've found one in my area for 170k ONO for 3k sq ft, this seems ideal.
I was just wondering about ideas for the arena, I understand paintballing probably isn't a thriving cash builder right now, but I was hoping if I (or you) could come up with an interesting idea it could be the type of thing people would be willing to travel for. I was thinking something like a Call of Duty map, but that would require some serious money, plus it would be ruined after a few games, plus it would probably be too much work for me to DIY.
I'm thinking of possibly a terrorist sim, where every 6 months or so I change the arena. My first idea was simply a car park, fill the warehouse with old bangers, leave them all unlocked so you could actually go inside or open doors for cover. If I picked up 30 cars or 200-300 each, then scrapped them afterwards, I'm not really losing anything on it.
Any ideas are welcome. Many thanks in advance.