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« on: September 10, 2007 10:13:22 AM »

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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!
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2007 10:17:27 AM »

Wow, recorder classes at school. Wotta flashback!

That case is great - I'll bet your son is getting a good response from his classmates!

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2007 10:20:05 AM »

Wow! I am amazed at your resourcefullness! And what great life lessons for your son...not buying what you don't believe in, giving new life to old things, and then really taking care of and valuing the things you DO buy. I would bet that he takes more pride in his recorder playing than any of the other kids because of the experience. I am inspired!

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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2007 11:51:43 AM »

Ugh, and those cheap plastic recorders sound AWFUL. I remember playing recorder back in elementary school and the school provided recorders, but I refused to use theirs and brought my nice wooden one from home. I bet he'll sound way better than the other kids. And of course, look way cooler because that case is seriously awesome looking. It really does look kind of piratey.

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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2007 02:22:54 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments! My son was grinning ear to ear when he read them. Then he took his case outside to go share it with the neighbors! Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2007 08:36:06 PM »

Excellent work!

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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2007 06:23:36 PM »

Woah,that's a lot of work but it's well worth it to keep the recorder safe! Good job! :]


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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2007 09:51:41 PM »

Great idea!  I totally agree with pinkanddinky!  A great lesson for your son, and this was truly recycling at it's best!

Great job, you have really inspired me!

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2007 12:51:08 PM »

You are currently my hero.  Grin
I love to recon everything. Please tell your son I'm jealous.
I especially enjoyed the part about the popsicle sticks!

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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2007 10:59:15 PM »

Ha, he looks so cute holding his newly crafted case. He should be so proud of you!
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2007 01:20:42 AM »

ok, so I resisted saying Yeah to the backpack, but have to say something to this. Great idea. Loads of work, but very woth it. I drug my sons to fabric shops for years, but now they are so creative. One sews costumes , forges swords on an anvil he got at a yard sale. (Oh< and in his spare time he is a Green Beret, so all the sewing didn't stop the Macho side.)
Any way your son looks very happy, and he should be so proud of his backpack. Already making the world a better place.

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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2007 05:09:59 AM »

Say yeah to the backpack! Riley is thrilled people still love it!! Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2007 08:49:16 PM »

I am truly impressed with the recorder case.And by the way,I love your "Hulk like crafts".Funny!
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