Now that the glockenspiel plays a number of Christmas carols, it’s time to put it in a box.
After a pile of routing I’m now nailing and gluing the Robotic Glockenspiel box together. Since this is a first prototype (the flat chime harp is too large to be practical), I’ve made the box sides from 3/4″ x 6″ “white wood” (fir or pine) instead of hardwoods, and made no attempt to conceal the nails.
Continue reading Gluing the Glockenspiel Box
In my previous post I pointed to my Open Source code for the project. In this post, I describe the mounting of the solenoids to the frame.
The conundrum of the project has been how to mount the solenoids to the glockenspiel. If I were a metalworker, I’d probably tap the solenoid holes and fasten them with 2mm screws into a metal strip. My 2017 future self says to design a 3D printable holder. Not knowing how to tap such tiny holes and not (yet) knowing how to design 3d printed parts, I’ve been thinking and thinking about how to mount the solenoids to wood.
Continue reading A Router is a Most Wonderful Power Tool
In my previous post, I crashed and burned with a glockenspiel frame that slipped while gluing. This post covers the version two, working frame.
Ok, it’s not robotic yet, but I now have a manually-playable, octave-and-a-fourth glockenspiel made from 1/2″ EMT conduit.
Continue reading My DIY Glockenspiel Works!