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SaoirseB

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I decided to try and add some different wood than Pine for the decoration. Only available was Meranti (i think). Wood is much harder and chips easier.



I completed the one section at the back:


The front section where the strings will be tightened still needs to be added.
This looks nice and all, but what is it?
 

Okty

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Got some time to work on it again. Completed the other side section.




Drilled pilot holes for the strings to go trough on the front and back:

 

Okty

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Worked on the bridges. Cut out 21 pieces from Meranti wood:


Next I cut each block's side with an slight angle:


To make the actual bridge part, i drilled out a hole at the bottom of each block, and then cut out the bottom pieces:


I realised the top part of the bridges were still too wide, so I cut the top part sides again at an angle.


After that, I used the belt sander to round the the cut edges:


Next step is to sand each block and the to apply a nice strong varnish.
 

Okty

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Looking really good! Excited to see the end result
Thanks man!

I wanted to make some grommets for the wire holes, so I decided to use these electrical wire stoppers. I used an angle grinder to cut each one in half.


After that, I hammered them into the holes drilled previously. Just have to make it more tidy.

 
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Archer

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So I'm looking around a bit, trying to figure out what a decent brick braai is going to cost me. Not a whole room, just a 1.2m shelf to the side, 1.2m wide braai and a ±4m chimney. We are also looking at a simple lean-to, the distance is short enough that two beams (one one the wall, the other on the edge of the roof) will be sufficient. I got quoted R11k for labour alone... Am I out of touch with things, that seems excessive!?

Either way, I think I'm going to try do some of it myself, digging a hole for the foundation and filling it up should be easy enough. Go 200mm deep, get some old wood to create the box, add readymix and some steel rods and wait. Right? Note I've never attempted or even looked at proper construction work :p
 

Okty

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For the tuning pins, I had to drill bigger holes on a few of them. Reason was that I ordered a set of Gu Zheng strings (21) and the lower note strings are much thicker than the higher note strings. Fortunately, this wasn't such a pain to do and went very quickly using the drill press.


I also tested one of the tuning pins on piece of scrap pine wood to see how tight it would stay, i.e. not rotate counterclockwise when tightening a string. So far it seems to be working very good, I have to use pliers to rotate/screw it in or out, can't do it by hand.

 

Okty

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To make the stands for the Zither, I wanted to experiment and make the sides with a curve. Traced out a design and used my scroll saw to cut out the shape.


After final shaping on the belt sander, I glued it on one end of the Zither. I think it came out well. :)




The other side I just glued a normal plank, so nothing much to show there.
 

Archer

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Previous house had one built at 4.5m... Looking around the neighbourhood 4m seems to be the norm, and what you actually want (unless you like smoke inside the house I guess). Besides you have no idea if this is for a double storey house, where a 6m chimney wouldn't be abnormal. You are also not considering the size of the braai opening, which the larger it gets demands a taller chimney in order to draw properly (rule of thumb is chimney must be double the volume of the braai)
 

ponder

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Previous house had one built at 4.5m... Looking around the neighbourhood 4m seems to be the norm, and what you actually want (unless you like smoke inside the house I guess). Besides you have no idea if this is for a double storey house, where a 6m chimney wouldn't be abnormal. You are also not considering the size of the braai opening, which the larger it gets demands a taller chimney in order to draw properly (rule of thumb is chimney must be double the volume of the braai)
Why so serious?
 
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