Inspirations / props where they are due:



So here is my version of a programmable music box / glockenspiel. I'm posting this more as proof that such things can be made, and to give ideas of one way to do it. If you are looking for detailed plans, I'm afraid there are none. I used no plans to make this, except those I made as I went along-- Build a piece, figure out what the next piece would need to look like and build it, then figure out what the next piece would look like. If I started over I bet I could make a much better device by improving on this design. But other projects beckon, as always.

News: There is an outfit exploring producing Autoglockenspiel kits based on this design. Click here to show your interest if you think you might like a kit.

Step 1: What I Used


  • Bandsaw
  • Spindle sander
  • Band sander
  • Disk sander
  • Drill press
  • Forstner bits. Get some.
  • Countersink bit.


Oak Ridge Boys, "The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived"

Other supplies:

  • A toy xylophone. Got mine for $14 on Amazon. Hohner makes toys that are actually in tune, which I read is not the case with other brands. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search... When you deconstruct the glockenspiel save the rubber feet that hold your metal bars, since they really help the sound.
  • Scrap wood. Primarily walnut, I think. Some is cherry. Some is hickory.I get a box of scraps from a local furniture factory every so often and just burn through it until I need more.
  • Rubber cement to hold on the rubber feet for the notes.
  • Spray adhesive to adhere paper plans to wood.
  • Wood glue.
  • Drywall screws. Black and grippy.
  • Dowel rods. Lots of dowel rods.
  • Metal washers to fit your various axles
  • Howard Feed-n-Wax beeswax with orange oil


<p>Yes - I made it! thank you Patrick for the nice work and the sketchup <br>plans! Greetings from Berlin - Folker All Acrylic Laser cut. Works <br>fine! All was I need is a XYLOPHONE :D</p>
This is great. I imagined it in birch plywood, but the acrylic makes it look like art. How long did it take to run the cutter? With materials and cutter time, I wonder how much you'd need to charge to sell at a profit. <br>Great build!
<p>What you have made is already art Zippityboomba. No need to stress about which material to use for it to be considered as such! :)</p>
<p>Yes, it's work: </p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/7mCA2e6RBdg" rel="nofollow">http://youtu.be/7mCA2e6RBdg</a></p>
<p>I too would buy these in either kit or (more likely) file form to then have 3d printed myself</p>
<p>Congrats on the win! I told you you had a good chance of winning it. Such a cool project.</p>
<p>congratulations, I feel very happy for your winning... Because, i think u r post is the first post in this contest. Its very amazing, on see this i feel what are the other instruments we able to automate like this. And also if we did in a long chain then almost a song is able play in this one. Very very superb idea... best wishes.</p>
Thanks to everyone who voted for me, and congratulations to the other winners.
<p>Great glockenspiel, and it's auto, how amazing!</p>
<p>A fascinating piece of technology! </p><p>They used to (might still) use this technology for mechanical looms.</p><p>This is basically the precursor of record players and CDs! They all function upon the basic principle of ones and zeroes; peg or no peg. For more information and to compare and contrast all these forms of recording music go to: <a href="http://www.explainthatstuff.com/cdplayers.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.explainthatstuff.com/cdplayers.html</a></p><p>Awesome instructable!</p>
<p>Excellent, i've got an old toy xylophone in the cupboard, i might try this</p>
<p>This is ace! Like a rotary step sequencer! </p>
<p>You need to play Freddy's song</p>
<p>This is the coolest thing EVER! Now if you could make a clock weight motor to run it.......</p>
<p>You could sell those. My kids would love one!!! Great project.</p>
You might want to think about a springy surface, like felt, for the arms to land on so that the mallets don't continually rest on the bars and deaden the notes as they're struck. The action overcomes the spring, strikes the bar, then springs up just enough to allow the note to sustain. Awesome project!
Came to the same solution myself, though you can't see it in the pictures. Due to imperfections in the hammers even the felt has to be &quot;tuned&quot;. Some felt needs to be crushed with pliers to lower the hammer, while some needs to be roughed up with a knife to raise the hammer.
<p>wow would really like to see the laser cut version, as we've just got a laser cutter</p>
<p>Check out the image just added to the last page!</p>
<p>Where are you in the world, I'm UK,, would you be willing to sell the laser plans?</p>
<p>At least you don't have to buy a really expensive one at the store plus you can make your own tunes</p>
<p>WOW!!! This project is just what I have been looking for! Thanks so much for posting! Now I just have to find instructions on how to make a coo-coo clock type bird to sing. Got any ideas? LOL Thanks again for THIS instructable it has saved me MANY hours of googling. Warm Smiles to you!</p>
<p>This is awesome and well timed for this generation! Let's make kids stop wasting time behind a smartphone screen and instead make them code (with music)!</p>
<p>When I saw this, my first thought was the history of the mechanism. Automatic chiming bell towers were the first programmable machines, dating back to the 1600s. The placement of the pegs, just as you have in your player, actuated the chimes. There is a picture of one from 1659 at</p><p>http://www.essentialvermeer.com/music/carillon/carillon_d.html</p><p>Well done!</p>
<p>So, uh, you're saying there's prior art invalidating my patent troll dreams by 300+ years? Curse the Dutch.</p><p>Seriously, that's a cool video.</p>
<p>Good job. You got Morgan's Maxim to Poe's Law (see Wikipedia) nailed big time. </p>
Sweet! Is there video of it playing?
<p>If the video appears as a photo, paste these links in your browser:</p><p>&quot;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrLgb7ap9fs&quot;</p><p>&quot;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUuEo6oXAnU&quot;</p>
Thanks! How'd you know all I saw was a pic? :). Even better than I thought it would sound!
Hey zippity, I'd be happy to laser and mail you a set if you'd like, this is too cool.
<p>That'd be fantastic. I've added a picture of the laser version to the end of the instructable. It needs some adjustment before cutting. Do you know the exact kerf you are getting (or how much you are adding to get tight tongue-in-groove joints), and the mean thickness of the boards you have access to? The current version is designed for 6.4mm mostly.</p>
<p>Sadly it's not showing up for me for some reason.. Entirely possibly because I'm on mobile. I'll check tomorrow after work. And I'm pretty sure it's 6mm nominal, I'll double-check with the calipers tomorrow though. If I need to make some manual adjustments in inkscape that's no trouble at all, I'm sad to say I don't know my way around sketchup yet.</p>
This is a great idea and you instructable is good the only thing I would like is a cutting list to make it easier to follow, I'm going to make one for my son thanks
<p>I'd like to help, but as it had no real plans...</p><p>Do you want to see it disassembled?</p>
<p>Great project! Lee Valley sells xylophone kits in 13 and 25 bars. </p><p>http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=63477&amp;cat=1,250,43313,63477</p>
<p>25 bars. </p><p>So...many...holes...to...drill...</p><p>Could be great for a laser cut version.</p><p>:)</p>
<p>Nice build. well done!</p>
Video please!
<p>There are 2 videos at the start of the post, but I noticed that on my mobile phone they appear as photos. If that is the case, try these links: </p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrLgb7ap9fs</p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUuEo6oXAnU</p>
<p>excellent, and fun</p>
<p>This makes me smile.</p>
<p>This is a beautiful thing!</p>
<p>When I first started reading I was thinking &quot;what cool thing to make for little kids with your CNC machine.&quot; The fact this was done by hand with no plans makes this an exceptional project, imho. Awesome, awesome job!</p>
<p>Bring back childhood memories of opening up a few toys to find this mechanism inside...</p>
Well done!
<p>This is the best! You have my vote</p>
<p>It will be a source of joy for many years!</p><p>Give us some tips on how to drill the holes for the pegs</p><p>Thank you</p>
<p>I just added a paragraph on the holes. I would not even attempt this without a drill press so you get reproducible depth and angle to your holes.</p>

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