|Quena Flute Made in Singapore O.o|
Let's make Quena!
|Planning to get a Handy dandy notebk?|
I will provide you with my personal secret handy-dandy tips n tricks, hopefully they will be useful for your flute making. And also I've included the making plans and dimensions for my flute.
Don't worry if you do not own any heavy machines or milling machines.. I just find whatever tools I can get around me to make my PVC flute. In another words all the tools that I will be using should be easily obtainable. Yeah!
Materials and Tools:
Saw (any kind will do. Not those that play games with ya)
I want to play a game
Other optional tools:(mostly for aesthetic purposes)
Paper & Tape
|Measurements of Quena|
Dimensions:Knowing the correct measurement is very important. I'd rather you have a correctly tuned flute than a display piece..
Please be careful when you do your markings. Always check again to make sure that they are correct before you do any filing or drilling.
|My Dimension For Quena Tuned in G|
Making the Mark
|Inner Bore Of|
Step 1: Find a PVC pipe that has an inner bore of 1.8 cm
(Get any colours you like, I Like white)
Step 2: Mark out the all the points from the above diagram I have provided.
Useful tip:I'll show you my techniques on how I did the markings..
Some of you may find it difficult to draw a straight line across the longitudinal direction..
|Perfect Straight line!|
Lay your PVC on a flat surface along with your marker (both are laying flat on the surface).
Anchor the PVC pipe while you drag the marker across..
you will get a nice straight line..
|Drag your marker across the surface top|
Get a strip of paper, wrap it around the flute body. Tape or glue the paper to form a paper tube.
There will also be another crease at the back use that as a guide to mark your centred thumb hole.
After you did all your markings, check all of them and make sure they are correct!
Filing & Driling
|Filing the Notch|
Step 3: Time to
Step 4: File the ends..
For the blowing end, use the big round file for the notch..
There are no standard angle for filing. I just like my notch to tapered off at a small angle.
|Close-up Quena Blowing end|
<-- This is how the notch looks like
Tips: Try your blowing and make adjustments until you are comfortable with it.
|Drilling Fingering Holes For Flute|
Step 5: Drill the fingering holes.. make sure you have the correct drill bits.
PVC is easy to work with compared to acrylic ones.. (Note: i've drilled acrylic pipes before and they are brittle)
Step 6: Smooth out the drilled holes with a small file.
|Ta-dah! Quena Flute|