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..


If you do make some, please send me some photo’s and I’ll post them on my site!
I hope you enjoy the shows!
Happy Holidays!
  1. Helen says:

    Hi, can i get the template for the wooden xylophone? i cant seem to find it on your site, thankyou 🙂

    • ~Andy Andy says:

      Hi, I’ve updated the downloads page on my site and explained one of the particulars with the xylophone project. When you have a chance please look the page over and if you decide to build one, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions / problems!

      Thank you!


  2. Gregory says:

    Hey Andy,

    Can you please tell me what the height and width of the of the keys was for your xylophone?


  3. kyro says:

    What if I dont have any of the tools you made the xylophone with. What would you recommend doing, so I can shape the tune and cutting it?

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Really don’t know other than to say that it may be time to buy some small tools 🙂 They don’t need to be big or expensive; some hand saws and a wood rasp would be able to pull this off!

  4. kyro says:

    On your video you were using an app for the tones. What’s it called?

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Unfortunately I don’t know.. Already deleted it 🙁 There are dozens available for free, just do a search for ‘Chromatic Tuner’ 🙂

      Hope this helps!


  5. Conor says:

    Where can I find the template so I can download it? i cant seem to find it anywhere o the site!

  6. Abrar says:

    I’m a freshman in highschool and I’m trying my best to have a xylophone very similar to this built in approximately 3 weeks for a program called Science Olympiad. Watching your video was extremely helpful. We have the tools you used in the video in the wood shop room, so I’m pretty pumped to get this started!! It would be wonderful if I could be in some form of direct contact with you so I can get answers to my questions quickly from someone as knowledgeable as you!! It’d be great if you could email me and maybe even shed some light towards my group members and I! Thanks Andy!

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hi Abrar,

      I’d be happy to help where possible. Honestly the best thing would be to head over to my FB page and post any questions there (either as a private message or general post). I get too many general emails and it’s easy to miss some 🙁 Posting here on the website works as well (my site keeps track of pending messages)..

      To start, the best advise I can offer is to experiment and play around with the shape of the keys to get a feel for the process..


  7. Eric Erman says:

    Where is the template for the measurements on the xylophone notes? It was mentioned in your youtube series.

  8. Audrey says:

    I’m building one for a physics project, and I was wondering if that would be considered an open or closed ended resonator?
    Thanks so much:)

  9. Thanks for everything! Great videos and thanks for sharing templates and info!

  10. tuba girl says:

    I’ve been making musical instruments out of scrap for a while now, but I really needed advice on how to make a xylophone that is safe for children. Thanks very much! One thing though, running a thin nylon cord on both runners before you put the keys on helps the key vibrate loosely and improves the sound.

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