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6 Note Tongue Drum for my Dad

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Project by JudsonTN posted 71 days ago 759 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Teddy Roosevelt





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majuvla

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#1 posted 71 days ago

Verry nice design,some pretty box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 71 days ago

It’s a beautiful instrument and looks like a lot of fun. I’m sure that he must love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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mcoyfrog

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#3 posted 70 days ago

Sweet dude, I love it, I’ve made many of these I love them more every day. Make one for yourself and pound on it at the end of the day, it makes all your worries go away.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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ptofimpact

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#4 posted 70 days ago

Beautiful work, have been curious about making one, not as skilled as you, but would like to find the plan if you would direct me, thanks.

-- Pete in NC

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JudsonTN

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#5 posted 68 days ago

Thank you all very much for the kind words!

Pete,
Wood Magazine had published the PDF plans on their website for free when I downloaded it. Message me your e-mail address and I will send it to you.
Judson

-- “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Teddy Roosevelt

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