Michael Willis wrote:Any advice is appreciated.
Measure twice, cut once?
Also err on the long side and file down to length. I haven't actually made any but I've used a few sets made by my uncle (he uses lengths of steel conduit pipe), and I've "tuned" a few of them with a file.
Really the hard part is figuring out how to mount them such that you can reach all of them, allow them to hang without being overly damped, and not have them clank together if you're a bit overzealous with your strike. We just hang them from string on hooks on a simple stand made of 2x2 furring strips. We overlap hooks so each chime is in between 2 hooks, and the string is in a triangle shape (hook-hook-chime) and doesn't damp the chime. However problem 3 above isn't addressed by our simple solution.
Sounds fun, good luck!