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My 3rd grader was told he needs to have a recorder for school (Its an instrument like a flute or something) We are trying to avoid buying anything from China, so the cheap plastic ones were out of the question. Too bad because they are only $1. After 3 hours of calling music shops, and finally finding one for $30!!!!!!! I realized that we could not afford to break this as I saw happen with his older brother (we were still in mass consumer mode back than, and would just replace the $1 broken ones Who cares right?)
OK..... So I was afraid of it breaking. It needed a case. Where can I get a case for free? I have no money left after that!! Maybe I can make one!!!
So I started out with 2 cigar boxes:
And an old bulliten board I once tried to throw away but hubby stopped me!:
Here is what I did:
I broke the ends off of the cigar boxes and butted them up together:
I broke the bulletin board and sawed it up to use in the bottom. I glued it in and held it down with the mallet. I couldn't find anything to use to hold the sides together, but my family was all standing around eating ices creams while I worked, so I got the sticks!! I glued those, and screwed them too. Then I had big gaps where I had butted the two boxes up, so I filled the gaps with this putty kind of stuff for wood.
Next, I stained the box but not the lids, and then varnished it, and realized the lids looked awesome and the stained part was ugly.
Next, I let it dry, and then sanded it all down, and then varnished it again. The sanding did not remove all the stain, but now it looks kind of piratey and my son loves it!!!
OK now It must be lined so the recorder will be safe!
Last I added a handle I found at a yard sale for 50 cents
I also lined the underside of one lid, so it will not move all around in there. I glued that lid down, and I made a little pillow to put in before it is closed for the other side
And here it is holding the goods:
On its way to school!:
We are moving.... please excuse my mess!