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    Tom's 31 note organ build.....Finished at last. Video at end.

    Thought I would start a separate thread to keep all my posts together as I go along.
    Spring has sprung and the shop is warmer so now I have finally gotten a real start to building my new 31 note organ.
    I've had this Cherry wood laying around in my shop for quite a few years with no real plan for it so I decided to cut it up to see what it looks like. It was pretty rough sawn lumber when I got it with many twists in the boards. Probably not good for any project very large but thought it might make for some nice looking pipes for this organ.
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    Once cut up it looked like it might have some pretty wood inside.
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    Started re-sawing some of the boards to thickness last week.
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    Ended up with a pretty good little pile ready to run through the thickness planer to get them down to just 1/8" thick.
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    Got the stack run through the planer tonight. Next will be to get them cut to the appropriate widths for each pipe size.
    I'm only getting about 1 hour each evening to work on this but I'm committed to doing something each night to help me move forward on this project. More to come.
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    Your off to a great start - Keep the pictures coming

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    I was able to spend an extra hour out in the shop tonight and was able to finish cutting all the wood for each pipe to the correct depth and width and bundled them together until I start gluing them together. I left them long for now but will cut to correct length as I assemble each pipe.
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    I've not followed the organ build threads very closely, so pardon the rookie question: How does a 31-note organ compare to the average street organ? More pipes? Fewer pipes? Two and a half octaves seems like a pretty wide range of notes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I've not followed the organ build threads very closely, so pardon the rookie question: How does a 31-note organ compare to the average street organ? More pipes? Fewer pipes? Two and a half octaves seems like a pretty wide range of notes.
    Heck Vaughn, I don't know. I just turn the crank and it makes noise! LOL
    Actually this organ has only 27 pipes. The other organ I built had 20 pipes. However those extra 7 pipes add so much more to the overall sound. Honestly, I don't know anything about music and scales and octaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baugues View Post
    I was able to spend an extra hour out in the shop tonight and was able to finish cutting all the wood for each pipe to the correct depth and width and bundled them together until I start gluing them together. I left them long for now but will cut to correct length as I assemble each pipe.
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    When I started my organ I left it at that stage, having so many different pieces lying around disorients me, I have to retake it some day as it is a project that I do want to finish but...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    When I started my organ I left it at that stage, having so many different pieces lying around disorients me, I have to retake it some day as it is a project that I do want to finish but...
    I completely understand Tony. Time...is the main ingredient when it comes to building these. I'm not the fastest when it comes to woodworking. I probably have about 10 hours in this already just getting the wood for the pipes cut up. I'm in no hurry.
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    Tom's 31 note organ build

    Tonight I had to go back and do some reading on how to build pipes and try to remember how the process is best done. I started on the two smallest pipes. Just got them glued up. These look pretty rough but when done will be nice and square. Lots of sanding, shaping and fitting of the mouth pieces yet to do......oh and 35 more to go.
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    Progress is slow but moving forward. Got the Melody pipes glued up and starting to work on the accompaniment pipes tonight. Still thinking about what kind of wood to use for the "mouth's of the pipes. I was thinking maple but afraid it might be too plain.
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    If the maple is curly or quilted, it won't be too plain.
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