I wanted to make a tongue drum for a friend who is a musician. I wasn’t too bothered about the tuning etc, I just wanted to try out something new. He could use it as a paper weight if nothing else!! The problem is it is barely audible. The construction is 3/4” oak top with 3/8” mahogany sides and a 1/4” ply bottom. This is based on a plan I found on the Portercable site (posted on this site somewhere, but can’t find it now!).
Some questions about this project….
Are the spaces between the tongues too wide? This is fairly close to the plan I think
My plan now is to router grooves along the base of the tongues to try and get more reverb. Will this work?
I have also not put any holes in the sides to let the sound out, would this help perhaps?
I still have some work to do to the finish, just one coat of tongue oil as yet (a first for me).
I welcome your feedback and suggestions,
-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl