I’ve posted downloadable templates of most of the projects on the side bar of this page. Just watch the video, download the plans and print them off. The drawings will be full scale, so it’s simply a matter of cutting them out, taping them onto the wood and cutting it out! Doesn’t get much easier than that 😮
Anyone looking for more information on the xylophone that I built, unfortunately a template for this project was something that was very difficult to put together because of the amount of flexibility in tuning the keys. To be honest the length and shape of the keys (and box) doesn’t matter; they can be any size or shape you want! (I Promise :-))
For example the sound box could be a perfect square or even a rectangle and the keys can be tuned accordingly. Believe me, I tried to put something together but in the end any kind of template would have been irrelevant with an understanding of the tuning process.
But as a starting point, the length of the keys that I made in the video are as follows:
7 1/2″, 7 7/8″, 8 1/4″, 8 5/8″, 9″, 9 1/2″, 9 7/8″, 10 1/4″
** It all depends on how the bottom is dished. That’s what tunes the keys more than anything else 🙂
Sorry for the confusion. If you have any further Q’s when building please do not hesitate to contact me. It’s a fun little project that once you’ve done one, the rest will go much quicker. Just be patient when tuning 🙂 Something I wasn’t the first time through..