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Building It

  1. Prepare your piece of PVC. If you need to cut it to length yourself, wear a respirator mask and safety goggles; shreds of PVC are very sharp, and the friction from the saw can release toxic fumes (see the first warning in Step 2 for more details). Even if you get your PVC precut, take a moment to clear any sharp burrs off of the cuts, and then clean the PVC with soap and water.

  2. First, you’ll add a bell. Traditional eucalyptus didgeridoos are naturally flared like a trumpet, increasing both volume and clarity. In order to bell the end of your PVC didgeridoo, you’ll need to heat it using a torch.

    Warning

    Never heat PVC indoors! Always wear a carbon-filter respirator capable of filtering organic chemicals while molding PVC! When heated, ...

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