What instrument can you build that starts with a 2x4 plank? We're looking for the most spectacular, innovative, interesting and artistic creations. Note: This contest will also include all instruments, whether stringed, wind, percussion or keyboard.
We're challenging you to create new and exciting instruments starting with common 2x4 planks! You should build to impress!
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*Common 2x4 dimensional lumber, aka framing stud. The 2x4 can be construction grade or top choice quality.
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Second place: $50 gift certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Third place: $25 Gift Certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
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Hey, Mike. How does she sound sound with the piezo? Would you have a video? Awesome, job!
that handle is a great idea.
I was trying to decide what to make for the 2x4 challenge when Shane posted his 'mystery" instruments last week. I tried for a pretty close replica. I removed a thin 1/8' plank from the top and bottom so I could hollow out the innards. After cutting the body to shape I re attached top and bottom using small brads. Zither pins for tuners. Aged with a solution of vinegar and steel wool. Here it is
3string, lap, or standup. Hand carved scroll. 2x4 resaw from my garage frame (no i didnt remove from frame, lol was a peice in the loft left over).. My house and garage are built from lumber milled from trees that existed on the property when it was built. So this is a 70 year old 2x4. Tuners and pick up from an old strat i use for parts.There is a 3/4 thick strip of Maple down the fret board that goes from nut to bridge (offset to the right side for ease of playing).. The nut and bridge are carved from a bar of aluminum , the electronics panel is from the same 2x4, i hollowed it out, and used an old license plate for a cover. Its very loud !, fun to play
just incase you need some more ideas of inspiration....
As part of that Ukulele underground 2 by 4 challenge I built two Ukes I kind of like from a standard 8 foot 2 by 4 building stud from Bunnies (officially Bunnings- our Australian big box hardware store). A Stora Enso Baltic pine -probably a European red pine but completely unlabeled as to actual species. When I bought it, it was so green it made my car smell like fresh cut Christmas tree.
This reminds me - I have the trunk from the year before last's Christmas tree curing in my shed......
A medieval like hand carved Lute like uke perfect if your area has more medieval fairs than CBG or blues fests.
I shaped that back with a hatchet.
The next one was a bit more rock and roll with a Gibson Flying V inspired shape
Because the Uke was a paternity leave present the headstock had a birth year coin
Here are the vids
Hope you enjoy.
Built this Beast a few years back, the 4 X 2 unknown type of Australian Hardwood was the top one of my Saw Stool’s, originally built by me from off cuts scrounged from various building sites I worked on in my former life in the Building Trade, the 4 X 2 was water blasted with a Gerni and Treated with a mixture of Linseed Oil & Turps, the Bridge Bottle was found on an old country Rubbish Dump, and shows its age by the effects of UV from the Sun, the Piano Tuners are from my trusty old recycled Piano, as is the .045PS Piano Wire String, the Bone Nut probably came a previous Dinner?, the Scale is 700mm/27.559”, and its’ tuned around A/G, a Chinese Ebay Single Coil Pickup is hardwired to the Jack, and the whole build cost me the princely sum of $6.65AUS/4.94USD.
This uke is pure Outlaw Lutherie. No side bending, no molds, no fancy stuff at all. I thought I'd replace the nut and saddle with bone after the competition at UU, but it sounds so good that I haven't bothered. The body is a scaled-down Status bass design.
Made some of these years ago - Had more fun designing the fret boards than making them - Fun to play - Applied the numbers to frets and transposed a few songs and posted them so people who had NO idea about reading notes could play some songs ASAP!! Got more than a few compliments...Egos must be fed REGULARLY!! Especially music and inventors egos!! - Best of luck to ALL!!!!