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Written by Vidar Fagerjord   
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I've planned to build a console for a long time. The decision on design has been a tough one, but I'm finally decided on a general idea.

The console will house some real pipes (non speaking). They will stand in front of the speakers, which will be hidden behind black fabric. The design will be a blend of the following consoles:

console idea 1

I am not going to use drawknobs; the touchscreen(s) will stil be used.

I'll update this article frequently when I start to build the console, like I did with the pedalboard, the bench and the keystack. Come back soon!

Update 12. august 2010

"Summer" vacation has arrived, and it is time to move on with the project. I have created a sketch of the console as a guideline; I do not want to spend a lot of time creating drawings. Instead, I have a general guideline in the sketch, and a bunch of images as inspiration. The console will then be created as I work. Since I am far from a skilled craftsman and organ builder, there got to be tons of details I cannot anticipate. And building the pedalboard, the bench and the keystack in the "by the seat of my pants" -approach worked rather well for me...

Here's an image of the console sketch:


The console will measure about 170cm wide, 60cm deep and 210cm high. On the left side, you can spot the LCD monitor (shown with the Hinz console screen). Directly above it, to the left, there's an organ pipe. On the right side (inside the console) there's a speaker. The pedal board, the keyboard stack and the music rack are also shown. This should give you an idea on how the layout of the console will be. I have purchased a lot of timber, and will start the construction soon.

Please note that the measurements are specific to MY pedalboard/keystack/music rack/LCD monitor. This setup might not be correct for you. Also, I originally planned to make the console a bit wider, but I have some space constraints I have to take into account.

The computer will probably fit inside the console, with an access door on the left side. The power button will be mounted on the left jamb, underneath the LCD monitor. The amplifier will be placed on the shelf above the player's position, and there will be placed real pipes in front of the speakers .

The design is not finished, and I will make alterations as I work on the console. I am considering different solutions - and I am just as eager to see the end result as I can imagine you are. :)

More to follow soon!


Update 16. august 2010

Just wanted to show the framework drawings with some measurements. I have started work on the frame components: Dimensioning and cutting lumber. "I love the smell of woodshavings in the morning...".

I purchased some Ash for the console. It is cheaper than oak, but has about the same structure. Since I'm going to stain the thing anyway, this was the most "sound" thing to do.

Here's the drawings:


And from below:

I plan to fill the "gaps" with plywood in order to get a nice, even finish. The plywood will be inserted into a groove, just like a framed door panel is made. Relax, images WILL be taken! :)

I haven't taken any pictures yet, since showing a piece of wood inside the planer is about as fascinating as watching grass grow.

DISCLAIMER: All the measurements are based on MY specific setup. Do not follow the plans blindly; you might have to do some alterations. The console is dimensioned with regards to my own requirements and the available space.

Update 17. august 2010

I decided to split the console into two parts to make the installation easier. Here's the new design for the lower part:

A simple "box" will be placed on top. This also allows me to remove the top part and install a "lid" on the above shown framework, creating a smaller console - should I ever need to. As a bonus, the parts will be easier to make. And there's less chance for twisting / bending of the columns over time.

Another factor is that the top "box" can be made very stiff, so that it helps keeping the whole construction wobble-free. The two-part console will be much easier to construct than making the whole contraption in one big part.

The two support beams that runs from front to back on the support frame for the keystack, was added with a certain use in mind. I plan to make the keystack movable in and out - or if that is too difficult to construct, I can adjust the keystack before I screw it down for good.

All the lumber is now milled and ready for use, so you can expect some images soon!

Update 20. august 2010

Finally some images of lumber turned into something useful! Namely the side walls.

I cut the different parts according to the Sketchup drawings. Then I routed a slot for the panels, which are cut from plywood:

The different parts are fastened to eachother using wooden plugs. Simple and easy. As I mentioned earlier, the top of the console will be removable, so I haven't made anything on that part yet.

And here's the two side panels:

Here you can see the d-shape taking form on the leftmost panel.

I placed the panels 170 cm apart to get an idea - this thing will be very nice! The Ash is a very nice material to work with, although it doesn't smell as good as Oak...

Update 21. august 2010

 More work on the side panels. I had to do a few adjustments here and there.

The small sidewall was a real pain, but it is finished. I cut the horizontal beam that will run underneath the keystack, and placed the sidepanels in order to get a better idea on how this will work out. I learned that lesson from the pedal board project - testfit and do several "dry mounts" during the build, and you'll save yourself a lot of frustration!

And this is how it looks now - quite inspiring!

That's all for today. My dad pointed out that I might try dark inlaid panels, but keep the framework light in order to get the whole thing less dominating. Food for thought...

Next week it's back to work (for one week), but that won't keep me from transforming a lot of wood into splinters and dust. And the occacional console part.

You can leave comments in the thread over at the Hauptwerk forum. And if you're not a member, there's allways the email option.

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