Raphi Giangiulio's Homemade Pipe Organ

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Stoppers

The stoppers are all made with an end grained block of wood covered with felt and leather. For the Soubasse pipes, I installed a blind t-nut in the block and used a threaded rod to attach the stopper handle. The bottom surface of the stopper has to be hard and flat so I plugged the hole for the t-nut.

I turned mahagony handles for the lowest 12 Soubasse pipes since they are part of the façade on the sides. Here's the largest stopper for the Soubasse CCC pipe:

For the Bourdon stoppers, I just glued the handles to the blocks. I found some softer felt that worked better too:

Here's the stopper for the smallest Bourdon pipe, A3: