|Project by JudsonTN||posted 05-19-2014 02:02 PM||1425 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
This is a 6 note tongue drum that I made for my dad.
I got the plan from and old issue of Wood Magazine (Oct 2006) and it was really fun to make. A different times when I was growing up, we played with these in gift shops on family vacations and dad always thought they were cool but he never bought one for some reason. Come to think of it, it was most likely the gift shop sticker shock price!
Anyway, I made this for dad and he really, really liked it which makes me really happy. I am grown with 3 kids of my own now so he sure had a long time to wait!
It is a 6” x 6” x 12” box. The light wood is Douglas fir and the soundboard, handles, and feet are padauk. i did not like to corner feet on the plan so I made runner feet across the end. I used oak dowels for the sticks and party store super balls for the strikers.
It is finished with Danish Oil and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.
I did not go crazy on the tuning but I did play with it enough to get some solid, different tones to sort of make a 6 note scale type thing. Before you glue the top down, you can take a chisel and remove some material from the end of the tongue on the underside to raise the tone/pitch and you can remove material from the base of the tongue to lower it.
It turned out really nice. So nice, that my kids want me to build them some.
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