For school, we had to do a project on Greek mythology and I decided to do mine on Orpheus, a hero and musician. He charmed Pluto into allowing his dead wife to come back to the living world to be with him by using his talent in playing the lyre. Thus, I made a working lyre out of quarter inch wood, fishing wire, and eyelet screws.
Originally, I wanted to find an instructable or a ready template, but I couldn't find any good ones, so I decided to make my own.
What did I make? A wooden lyre that can actually play in tune. It has no sound box, so it's quiet.
How did I make it? I created my own pattern using large circular objects as guides and then used my own method to make it symmetrical. I used my dad's jigsaw to cut the smooth curves and then sanded it to shape.
Where did I make this? I made it at home, mostly on the kitchen floor and in the garage, but I made it for school.
What did I learn? I learned that veneers are annoying when you need to sand because they tend to get ripped off. I learned that fishing wire is much stretchier than the average violin string and is therefore harder to tune and needs more frequent tuning. I learned that making a design is actually quite easy if you weren't expecting a musical instrument but instead a representation. It was a happy accident that it can actually be tuned and played. I learned to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on a lyre.
I designed it myself, cut it myself (mostly), tuned it myself, learned to play a song on it, and got an A+ for my hard work.
Step 1: Making the Template
I used a large lid, a tin, and a cup to create the basic curves of the lyre on a piece of wrapping paper. I then copied it onto thin paper (a paper towel) and used it to copy the image to the other side and keep it symmetrical.