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» Flute Making Forum Guidelines

Even though we encourage members to share their experience in this section, ideally we'd like to keep an "amateur" flavor to it.

If you are a novice flute maker (for example) and are looking for feedback on your first creations, or if you are an experienced professional who is assisting a new maker, that is great.

However, if you are a professional who is selling their work anywhere, then in the interest of maintaining the no selling policy of this site (both in the letter and the spirit of the law) we ask that you do not showcase your work here, even if you are not actively making a sales pitch or linking to your website. You may post technical photos that are illustrative of the principles of flute making, but please refrain from any postings that are solely for the purpose of showcasing your creations.

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» First Handmade Flute

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Well I just made my first flute out of some of the bamboo I had found in my neighborhood and heat cured it. So far I am very pleased with how it turn out. I still have some fine tuning to do, but overall with this being my first ever flute made I am very impressed with it. I will post some pics after I get it completely finished.

Also what do most of you use as finish for your flutes. I mean do you just use some type of oil or do you a varnish? Would Shellac(sp?)be able to be used?


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Congrats! Looking forward to pics!


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Yes, pics, pics, pics !!! smile.gif


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Just an update. Still working on the flute. Had a very busy end to the school year. My wife had volunteered me to make the graduation video for my youngest daughters 5th grade graduation. Did work on it a little in between working on the video, also started work on another one as well.

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Well the first flute didn't turn out very well. Actually it turn out at all, but I did take another try at making one. This one took me a little longer to make as I got really frustrated and stopped working on it for a long time. I did start working on it again and finally got it making music. It is still a little breathy, but am working in fine tuning it. I believe it turned out pretty good and am kind of proud if myself. It needs to be finished, was thinking if putting some type of varnish on it. Then at looking at the colors of it from the heat curing, I think I am just going to use some polyurethane to coat the inside and out. Here is a pic of the flute.Attached File  image.jpg ( 1.3MB ) Number of downloads: 39


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Is there anything better to use to finish the flute other than polyurethane? I really would prefer not to use a colored varnish as I don't want to take away from the color attained during the heat curing.


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I have always used salad bowl finish for my few flutes I have put a finish on. It is easy to wipe on, but you should apply several coats, and use 4 ought steel wool, to smooth the finish between coats. the final coat should leave it looking pretty perfect.

On bamboo, you can choose to use oil, but that will darken and shift the color, over time, I think.

The makers will have more knowledgeable info than I do.


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QUOTE(creardon @ Dec 9 2012, 07:48 AM) *
Well the first flute didn't turn out very well. Actually it turn out at all, but I did take another try at making one. This one took me a little longer to make as I got really frustrated and stopped working on it for a long time. I did start working on it again and finally got it making music. It is still a little breathy, but am working in fine tuning it. I believe it turned out pretty good and am kind of proud if myself. It needs to be finished, was thinking if putting some type of varnish on it. Then at looking at the colors of it from the heat curing, I think I am just going to use some polyurethane to coat the inside and out. Here is a pic of the flute.Attached File  image.jpg ( 1.3MB ) Number of downloads: 39


Better to not put anything on it if you heat cured it already


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