What is a pre tuned flute kit?
A Pre Tuned flute kit is a fully tuned and playable, square flute that needs to be shaped sanded and varnished. All of our six hole flute kits are produced in the same careful way as our Standards, and Basics. We make them in the keys of A, G, F# and F. Each kit includes one square unvarnished, western red cedar flute, one pre shaped animal silhouette or an unshaped flute block, one leather strap to attach the block to the flute, and an informational booklet with care and playing instructions.
Is a pre tuned kit right for me?
These flute making kits are a great choice for any woodworker. They are simple enough that children can complete them with supervision, and they can be made into beautiful ornate pieces of art by the advanced woodworker.
What is involved in making a pre tuned kit?
The square flute must be roughed out before sanding. The best way to do this without power tools is to use a small hand plane or a rasp. A plane is preferable. Once the flute is close to the shape you want it, it is then sanded starting with grit 60 and working up to 220. When the flute is completely sanded it must have 4 coats of polyurethane varnish applied inside and out. This can be done by squirting varnish into the flute or by dunking the flute.
- A small hand plane
- Sand paper in grits 60,80,100,120,150,220
- Oil based polyurethane varnish
- Shop paper towels
- A small bottle for squirting varnish into the flute