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 Post subject: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 19.12.2014, 04:13 
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Hi guys,

I am looking at making a fiberglass didge like the ones Andrea Furlan makes. as there is no instructions that I know of on the net, I thought I would ask here. He makes them out of denim and bright canvas materials. has anyone on here made one of these?

I was going to make a mould, cut the material to size and place over the mould, then epoxy the outside with liquid glass, remove the mould and epoxy the inside, then add a mouthpiece.

A link to his site is https://sites.google.com/site/didgeridooandrea/

Thanks for anyone's advice with this.


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 Post subject: Re: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 20.12.2014, 18:59 
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I have made quite a few fiberglass didges but not in Andrea fashion!
Perhaps he has an internal former & uses a vacuum bag?


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 Post subject: Re: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 21.12.2014, 11:07 
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Foxfish, do you think my technique would work? I have used liquid glass epoxy with a gourd didge I made and it seems to be very effective.

How did you go about making the ones you made?


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 Post subject: Re: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 21.12.2014, 12:56 
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I build them by using a foam former that I shape to what ever design I fancy.
Once I have laid one coat of resin & mat over the foam, I then saw it in half, get the foam out & fit the two half's together before laying another two coat of mat.
I have some pics but short of time just now... I will get some up later.


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 Post subject: Re: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 22.12.2014, 10:28 
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 Post subject: Re: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 22.12.2014, 23:31 
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Thanks for the pictures! They are very helpful. Where do you get a PU foam former from? I have never come across that before.


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 Post subject: Re: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 23.12.2014, 10:03 
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Well I don't know where you live but it should be readily available.
The foam is in fact copper pipe insulation & comes in different lengths and diameters.
I actually shape an easy tapper from one end to the other with a craft knife & sandpaper.
Then I feed in a length of copper pipe & bend it to shape.
Next up I paint the foam with coloured gelcoat so the inside of the didge will look cool, then I wrap a spiral of 2" fiberglass tape over the top of the dry gel & saturate the tape with resin.
Once that is dry you can cut the didge in half, remove the foam & copper tube, then tape the half's together.
I use two more wraps of fiberglass tape & then wrap the whole thing with stretchy insulation tape --- that is a very messy job but it will squeeze all the excess resin out to produce a very light & strong end result.


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 Post subject: Re: Fiberglass Didge Making - advice please
PostPosted: 02.01.2015, 12:13 
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Thanks for the advice. I think the next didge I make will incorporate some of these techniques.


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