originally thought of this organ as a table-top instrument.
As construction continued, it occurred to me that I overlooked one
important fact: I don't own a suitable TABLE on top of which to
put it! Furthermore,
I had failed to consider the problem of where to locate the power
supply, the blower, the pressure regulator, and MIDI cards. Building
a base for the organ was the natural solution. Scope creep!
was easy to build: the design was pretty well established by the
dimensions of the organ, and the character of the decoration already
done. You will notice the decorative pattern of the keyboard cheeks
is repeated in the feet.
finished base looks like it is PANELED, but these are all FALSE
PANELS. I started with a simple square box of 1/2 inch cherry plywood
over a pine frame. (see above) Construction of this part was simple,
and I was able to complete this much in 2 evenings.
I glued the "frame" on as though I were making a picture
frame, or mounting baseboard on the walls of a house. The result
looks very much like paneled construction, but with half the effort,
and (because the organ's weight is borne edge-on by the plywood)
twice the strength. (that's the theory, anyway! )
the elimination of the need for a large, STRUCTURAL frame
inside the base meant there was more room for the blower, etc. See
the Rear View photo, bottom of this page.
joints were made on the mill. Here I rabbet out two frame rails
clamped back-to-back in the vise.
is hard to see in this picture, but, since only the EDGES
of the top will be visible when the organ is assembled, the center
of the top is just (inexpensive) birch plywood -- not cherry.. If
you look closely in the second picture at the top of this page,
you can see the holes in the top for the air pipes and the electric
connections to the windchests.