|Project by Elizabeth||posted 04-29-2014 03:44 PM||1389 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
My two year old is obsessed with drums of all kinds, so I figured I’d make him a drum kit that can be used outdoors (won’t my neighbors be thrilled!) The frame is made of ~2 foot long western red cedar offcuts with a piece of scrap plywood for the cross piece. There are two five gallon buckets, one 3.5 gallon bucket and one 2 gallon bucket, all from Home Depot. One of the orange buckets also has a lid on it to give a different tone.
The cross piece is tilted at about 17 degrees to make it easier to reach the tops of the drums. The buckets are bolted in place with a supporting piece of plywood (seen in photo 2), 3/8” bolts, washers and a locking nut.
Some leftover swingset weatherproofing finish was applied, in case it’s left outside overnight accidentally.
We will probably add a pot-lid cymbal at some point soon, and I will put some reinforcing cross pieces on tops of the A-frames – easy enough to add that on later.
Total material costs:
Wood – all stuff I already had. The cedar is part of a job lot I got a couple of years ago, 150 pieces for $20. The ply was scrap from some project or another, possibly from a neighbor.
Buckets and lid – about $14
Hardware – four bolts, eight washers, four lock nuts, maybe $6?
Stain/finish – leftover from an earlier project
There’s a video of him playing at http://youtu.be/d-_Zsyk_xYk