I recently got a didgeridoo and wanted a way to bring it places. Instead of buying an expensive padded bag, I decided to make a PVC case. Not only was it less expensive, but it provides better protection, too. This case would be perfect for bringing your didge onto an airplane, if you so desired. The only downside is that you can only fit a didgeridoo in if it has a flare less than 4" in diameter (unless you can find larger pvc) and it can't be too curved (like often found in a eucalyptus didgeridoo). Check if your didge will fit by laying it on the floor (it will naturally lie so that you can see the widest parts) and mark the edges. If the farthest points on the left and right are 4" or less apart, then yours will work!
Step 1: Materials
- PVC length to fit your didge
- PVC end cap
- PVC screw on cap (I had to use a coupling too, because they were out of the right size...that's why my pictures will have an extra piece)
- Painters Sponges (Anything soft and thick will work)
- Two dog collars to fit your PVC
- Strap from a duffel bag
- Super Glue (I used everybody's favorite Gorilla)
- PVC glue (optional)
- Spray paint (optional)
Step 2: Cut and Assemble
Attach the screw on cap and flip the pvc upside down. Hold your didge up next to it, and see how long the pipe needs to be. Keep the end cap in mind, and also that you want it all to be very snug. Cut the PVC.
Now you want to add the sponges. The bottom end cap sponges (2) don't need to be glued in...they will be squashed down by the pvc, and kept there with gravity. Stick the end cap onto the PVC and hit the whole rig against the ground to make sure the cap is on well. You can use PVC glue to put this on, if you want. But trust me, it's not going anywhere; it took a hammer for us to get it off the first time. Trim and glue a sponge into the screw on cap. Next, get this stuck on the other end. Same deal with the pvc glue.
You should be thoroughly excited at this point that everything is finally taking form. Go ahead...introduce your didge to it's new home.
Step 3: Painting (optional)
My pipe had a bunch of type and dirt on it that wouldn't come off with sand paper or rubbing alcohol, so I just put a few layers of white spray paint over it. Remember, PVC isn't meant to be spray painted, so colors will get chipped off eventually...that's why white is a good idea.
Step 4: Strap
Depending on how long your strap is, glue the dog collars on so that you'll be able to get your shoulder through the strap when it's all assembled. When you're gluing them, put the D rings so that the strap will be over any blemishes on your pvc...it will help hide the blemishes. Once those are dry, clip the strap onto the D rings of the collars.
Step 5: Finished!
Your done! At this point, feel free to put some aboriginal designs on the case. I plan on using sharpie (will last longer) to draw some of these onto it.
It really is safe, the didge doesn't move at all...even if I shake the case as hard as I can.
Have fun, you're ready to share this great instrument with others!