|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 05-08-2014 05:47 PM||2108 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This slit drum was made as a sort of experiment. I made it from wood that I found along the road as discarded dresser drawers. Not having a planer, it’s nice to find wood that is 1/2 inch or 3/8 inch and I don’t think it’s pine.
I didn’t want to simply use butt joints or a miter joint, so I used my router table to put a rabbet at the end of each piece and I joined them at 90 degrees. I’m not sure what to call that, a rabbet corner joint? The joints are not perfect, but close enough. The whole thing is held together with glue. It’s finished with 3 coats of polyurethane and 4 stick on feet.
The drum measures about 5 1/2×11 inches and is about 3 inches high. I let the wood determine the dimensions, thus the experimental aspect. It’s actually a little small for a slit drum, but it works. I showed it to my wife who teaches music and she said it was better than her store bought one! This also explains why these musical builds don’t sit around the house. They get sent off to my wife’s school where they actually get used and enjoyed.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!