Budget101 Discussion List Archives Frugal Savings DIY Giant Xylophone for the Yard

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      BiggerPiggyBank
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      Cut 9 bars of wood to length:

      Start with a length of 48 Inches and reduce each bar by 3 inches, ending with a 24″ bar.

      Sand all 9 bars to round corners and remove splinters, then lay out to get ready for painting.

      The least expensive way is to get “sample” colors of paint from your local Lowes or Home Depot, Menards, etc. They’ll run about $1.50 each or use cheap walmart spray paint ( .97 per can).

      Cut enough rope to span between your anchoring points and allow it to be tied off. Use a fence, tree, pergola post, house, etc.

      Fix bars to rope using 25mm galvanized staples or U-nails. Use an offcut of pine to ensure 3.5″ spacing between bars. To keep things simple, we’ve also fixed these bars 3.5 inches in from each end.

      To make your own mallet, screw a bun foot to end of a suitable length of 16mm dowel, drilling a hole in center of foot first.

      These can be made out of old pallets too, like this one:

      Photo Credit & Project adaptation:
      https://www.bhg.com.au/article/diy/how-to-make-a-giant-xylophone

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Frugal Savings DIY Giant Xylophone for the Yard