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Re: nephrite lithophone
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2014, 07:24:07 PM »

I hadn't thought of that. I used to use the stuff down in Texas when I installed doors and windows. It is available in most lumber yards in a lot smaller pieces. There is also a closed cell foam that is black and comes in rounds. They would be easy to stick down to a narrow board with contact cement (maybe) because contact cement melts some foams.

I have not done anything more with mine because the guy I am giving it to is on his two week work schedule and won't be back for another week. Plusssss, it is a lot easier when you figure it all out. lol Actually I have two other projects that I am working on and have not taken the time to mess with it.
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2014, 08:06:09 PM »

Yours looks a lot prettier than mine Jim, mine is still two strips of foam laying on the workbench LOL Now if I mount the foam on a couple of strips of wood with some dowelling separating them; actually, those bamboo skewers for shish kabobs cut into 2in. pegs and stuck in holes in the wood supports would be perfect; although it's getting pretty non ancient tech all the time, I like the look of yours better
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2014, 05:29:20 AM »

Your bamboo pegs idea sounds a lot better than my aluminum pegs so I will switch gears again. You are a great second brain. Well, I guess in this case you are a great first brain.

It will be easy to convert my frame and it will look a lot LOT better without the string wrapped around an ugly aluminum wire. Now that you have all the bugs out I will go ahead and convert mine. I wish I would not have drilled such big holes in my slabs because with small pins they are probably going to rub together at times. Since it probably isn't going to make it into a symphony orchestra there shouldn't be a problem with that.

I have some of those skewers somewhere but it will be much easier to go get more than try finding what I have. And thanks for figuring this all out. You have probably saved me two rebuilds.
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2014, 07:05:24 AM »

I have a bunch of short dowels for joining wood that I was going to use until I thought of the skewres and they are pretty easy to get around here but I'm thinking of putting the pegs in between the slabs so I don't have to drill holes in them and the skewers will take up less space but still get separation. I'm also thinking if you put a sound box of some kind just under the slabs that the sound will get amplified; maybe even build a sound box and put the foam and pegs right on the edge frame of it so you don't loose the resonation of the lighter wood sounding boards; I have a cigar box I'm going to try for effect.   
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