Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Mandy saw this tutorial on making chimes from electrical conduit and thought it sounded fun and easy. So fun and easy, that she decided we should make four sets.

My recommendation, try to make one before you decide to make four sets. One chime, that is.

We started off with a good system. Boys hold the pipe while I cut with the pipe cutter. After cutting a couple and realizing that I had to do 84 total, I switched gears and broke out the power tools and bench vise. Much better, albeit a little less accurate, which means some of our notes are probably a bit off. Good thing we're tone deaf.

You can read Mandy's account here for more info. She does leave out a few details, like:

  • It'll take about one hour per set, even with four adults and some kids working on them.
  • Once you're done you'll have a bunch of chimes laying around the house. That's OK if you use them everyday, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're the Von Trapps.
  • Buy only the conduit that you need. You might think it's a good idea to buy one extra piece, just in case. But don't. Unless you like having a 10 ft section of pipe lurking in your garage.

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  1. You should make me a wind chime.

  2. That's cool, but 5 kids banging on chimes does not say Merry Christmas to me, still they would love them!

  3. check out her experience with the chimes! I love reading her blog as much as yours!


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