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Super easy to make wind chime, made with leftover materials from other projects, total cost $0

Materials needed:
nylon string 
scrap wood (solid wood, not pressed such as mdf or plywood. if/when it gets wet it will eventually fall apart)
aluminium tube

Tools needed:
pencil
jig saw 
hack saw
tape measure
scissors
sand paper
drill
drill bit (a little bit bigger than the size of the thread)

first step... figure out what you want it to look like.
I made mine to have 6 chime thingies with a hexagon mount.
 
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Step 1:

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On the piece of wood you're going to want to draw out the shape of the top mount, the middle piece that chimes the aluminium and the bottom wind catcher thing.
Once drawn out on wood cut them out. i used a jig saw for this.

Using the drill, drill a hole in the center of the piece that chimes and holes in the top mounting piece. See the picture for an explanation of the holes
Once you have all your holes driller grab your sand paper and sand everything down, round all the edges/corners.The smoother and nicer the finish you have the better it will look in the long run, so take your time.

Step 2:

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Next wipe down all the wood with a lint free rag to take care of any saw dust. i like to vacuum the pieces too.
Grab a stain that tickles your fancy and stain the pieces. brush on, wait, wipe off. 
I gave each piece two coats and let them dry overnight.

Once the stain is dry give the pieces a few coats (I did 3) of clear coat and again let it sit overnight to dry.
sharpstick3 months ago

You're not clear about how to determine lengths. What note system is this supposed top be? There are online calculators to determine lengths by which note you want each tube to be. Then you cut a bit long, test it, then file shorter until it matches. There are android apps for guitar tuning that will help.

sharpstick1 year ago

Thicker tubing material will make a richer sound. And drilling your suspension holes at 22.4% of the length at the vibration node will lessen dampening of the vibration. (This is the point where the pipe doesn't move while vibrating.)

So does this mean the longer tubes will have a longer string, and the shorter tubes a shorter string? Does it make a big difference?

The string length doesn't matter except to determine the location/height of the tube.
Usually chimes are made so the tops are at the same level, but that is up to you.
I am not aware of any striker height importance.

I was just wondering about your 22,4% length comment for the suspension holes. So on a 10 cm chime the hole for the string should be drilled 2,24 cm from the top, but on a 20 cm chime the hole should be 4,48 cm from the top, to result in the least dampening of the sound? Sorry my previous comment was a bit less clear (the different lengths for the holes mean different lengths for the strings to get them hanging on the same level).

waterbaby1 year ago
Years ago I bought gorgeously-toned large wind chime which weathered the weather year round for a couple of decades before the strings started to fail. Just the other day I was thinking how nice it would be to hear it again and that I really ought to figure out how to fix it -- and now thanks to you I can!
Beautiful! I love listening to wind chimes :D
cyber51 year ago
Looks good! I made some chimes years ago and found a cool website that explains where to drill holes to hang them and how long to cut them if you want to tune them for the best sound, or to specific musical notes. https://sites.google.com/site/chuckchimes/
darman121 year ago
Sweet chimes! We made similar chimes in 8th grade pre-algebra. We even used a guitar tuner to calibrate each tube. Can't resist commenting on your wind catcher; it looks like a coffin :) Great job!