First of all it doesn’t take a lot of skill or specialized knowledge to know how to make a xylophone at home.
There are a number of reasons as to why you should consider building a xylophone yourself instead of spending lots of money buying one. The cost of buying a xylophone can vary from just a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand dollars. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you made this wonderful musical instrument with your own hands.
With that in made you will probably want to know what you will need to make a xylophone at home?
The first thing that you will need is step by step instructions which are easy to follow. Fortunately this sort of information is easy to aquire online. There are a number of sites that you can go to which will provide plans for building xylophones, marimbas, glockenspiels, and other similar instruments.
The next thing that you will need is a set of tools. There is a good chance that you already own the tools that are required for a project such as this. You will need a set of screwdrivers, a wood saw, a drill for drilling holes, a wooden mallet, and a sander. If you already have an attachment for your drill which can sand, even better.
Next you will need some materials. Wooden xylophones are the best ones to try and make. Not only do they look very professional, they also have a wonderful tone to them. The frame of the instrument needs to be constructed of wood. To get a great sound, the pieces that are actually going to make the music, the tone bars, should be made from some type of hardwood. Rosewood is generally regarded as the best type of hardwood to use. However there are cheaper options such as cardinal wood or even oak.
You should definitely use some type of hardwood as the pitch is so much better. However you can also use fiberglass. The advantage of using this material to make a xylophone at home is that it humidity and temperature variations will not affect it. The only disadvantage is that fiberglass may be a little more difficult to work with compared to building a xylophone from wood.
The actual time that it takes to build a homemade xylophone all depends on how much time you are able to dedicate to your project.
If you have some basic tools, a little belief in yourself, and a set of step by step plans to follow, then there is absolutely no reason as to why you cannot make a xylophone at home.