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If you are like me and every time you crack open a coconut you find the shells just too cool to throw out then this instructable is for you.   The idea of making a coconut shell thumb piano came to me one afternoon while I was trying to come up with some way to entertain my 3 and 5 year old girls.  Of course after making them each one I needed to see if I could amp one up for myself.  This was way too cool of a project not to try. As usual with all my instructables look to the image notes for the details.

Step 1: Lets get wired

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In this step you will have on hand half of a coconut shell that you have already sanded flat across the opening and sanded off all the stringy bits on the outside. You will also have harvested a piezo element from a Dollar Store window alarm as well as a 1/4 inch stereo or mono jack. You will also need about 6 or 8 inches of speaker wire (or the power cable off an old AC adapter). Some wood for the top and some hot melt glue.
J-Five2 years ago
Awwww, your two models are so cute!!!

Plus it's pure genuis.
Macflame2 years ago
Excellent work!
friger (author)  Macflame2 years ago
Thanks, I still enjoy playing this silly thing.
bricobart2 years ago
Great job, I liked the distortion ;-)
friger (author) 2 years ago
Thank you to all of you who voted for this instructable in the recent Radio Shack Audio contest. It is a real honor that you thought enough of my work to secure a third place finish. Also, congratulations to the other competitors on a job well done and deserving finishes.
patdoherty2 years ago
You are my competition, but i must say I love the sound you get out of these, its much more pleasing than my 8-bit noise maker. And they look nice to boot. good luck tomorrow, I cant wait to find out the judges decision.
friger (author) 2 years ago
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every one who voted for me in the Audio contest, to just make it to the finals was and is a blessing. I don't care if I win, what I do care about is that you take the time with the young people in your lives to explore the world around you and above all else, make beautiful music.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the DIY Audio Contest!! Good luck to you!
rimar20002 years ago
Nice work!
skoko2 years ago
Will it work whit no electronic element (no wires and jack and stuff) :) thx
friger (author)  skoko2 years ago
They work quite well that way.
skoko friger2 years ago
nice doing it tomorrow :)
friger (author)  skoko2 years ago
post some pics or a vid.
ynze2 years ago
Owwwww, love it!
MaskMarvl2 years ago
Pretty cool... :D
Oh too cool. I love the sounds that come out of those thumb pianos.
Oh and what a great idea to share. Nice! :)
this is beautiful. such a lovely tone!
That looks like so much fun! They sound great too :D
looks like a fun instructable  great job   will have to make some for grandkids thanks
and your kids are cute