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How to make a lap harp/psaltery /zither including diy zither pins

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly Oct 20, 2018. 2 Replies

So I decided to go a bit fancy and knocked up a psaltery and did up an instructable for it. I  even made my own zither pins. …Continue

Tags: harp, zither, lap, Psaltery, pin

Tuner grommet fitting tip

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Sawyer Sep 12, 2018. 2 Replies

Watched a video by a pro builder pressing grommets into a headstock using a purpose built press. I was fiddling with a few things to see if I could replicate something similar with stuff I had in my…Continue

4 string tuners space and alignment - the mandolin tuner solution.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milt Haselmire Jun 16, 2018. 1 Reply

I have been playing around with mandolin tuners. The advantage is that you get 4 in a nice neat line 25mm apart (about an inch) and the knobs can be flipped left to right without much trouble while…Continue

Bending a backing plate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Vickerson May 26, 2018. 11 Replies

So my plan called for a…Continue


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Titch the Clown replied to Ricky D's discussion Fret board finishing
"I use organoil hard burnishing oil, a tung oil preparation.  When I visited the Kamaka ukulele factory they used Whatco Danish oil.  Generally any light finishing oil will suffice though try to minimise the use of oils that may contaminate…"
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Back of the band sawn bowl uke.

"Nice!  Pretty amazing work.  My playing buddy has an old family heirloom mandolin with a back like that.  I think one name for those was squash bugs."
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Titch the Clown replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion PDF Download: Build a "Two Hour" Hammered Dulcimer
"I made a similar lap harp and did an instructable for it https://www.instructables.com/id/Lap-Harp-Psaltery/ I home made flat ended zither pins from nails using a highly technical cold forging process dating back to the earliest recording of blokes…"
Feb 5
Titch the Clown replied to mitch jones's discussion Summer has arrived......
"I can remember going through Renmark the day before I went to Bali and the tour guide there got a shock when I said I went to Bali to cool down because the temperature in  Renmark had been 46.  At least you've got the Murray to …"
Dec 26, 2018
Titch the Clown replied to mitch jones's discussion Neck Varnish
"The fretboard and rest of neck on pro instruments are usually finished differently. I currently use a polyurethane for the back of the neck and organoil brand hard burnishing oil on the fingerboard. Danish oil or similar finishes have also been…"
Dec 21, 2018
Titch the Clown replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Printable Headstock Designs
"I use snipping tool to copy images and the free Libreoffice package,  creating a draw document. This has pretty good resizing using number entry under resize picture rather than jiggling corners semi randomly. It also seems to make 100% size on…"
Dec 21, 2018
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Nov 7, 2018
Titch the Clown replied to Kaelan Dreyer's discussion DIY Tuning pegs
"My latest reinvention of the wheel is using nails as zither pins. Hammer one end flat, put a hole  in it for the  string, use sandpaper to mimic microthreads drive it into a hole a drill size or so smaller than the nail.  I get…"
Nov 7, 2018

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Got featured on the Duckworks website with my Uke'n'paddle

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

My article on how to make a uke'n'paddle got front page treatment on Duckworks boating magazine.

link to artical on Uke'n' paddle

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At 6:25pm on August 20, 2018, Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson said…

Hey Titch I saw your post on Spokeshaves about the spud peeler, I bought one and it works great! Thanks for the tip, for the sake of a couple of ££'s (I'm in UK) it's saved me a load of grief :))

At 10:02am on May 25, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Real good job on that banjo uke Titch! Hope to hear how she sounds. All the ones I've made with that pete plastic are surprisingly loud!

At 3:48pm on September 12, 2012, Rob Uker said…

Hey Titch,

I just watched all your video. Which is a major feat due to my limited attention span.

All your builds are very clever and you play and sing well too.

Keep building and posting


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