Curly Maple Kalimba Thumb Piano

By Charlie Hamilton at YoungWoodworker in Richmond, VA.

Winning Category

This was my first time trying to make an instrument. I followed an instructional video on how to make it, but altered the directions becuase I didn't have the recommended tools. I used a lathe and a bandsaw to make the whole instrument. I use the lathe to make the body of the instrument. I used a bandsaw to make the part that holds the tines. I made the tines out of and old metal rake. I finished the piece with a boiled lin seed oil. I tuned the tines with a note tuner on my phone. 

Products Used

  • Boiled Lin Seed Oil
  • Curly Maple Wood
  • Metal Rake

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