Stretch Wrap Bongo Drum

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Project by Peter Brown posted 12-22-2014 09:03 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
Stretch Wrap Bongo Drum
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This project is crazier than a sack of cats, but I’m going to share it with you anyway…

The original idea was born in Harbor Freight with the stretch wrap in my hand, so I needed to try it! I agree a better head would make a huge improvement, but it WORKED. I not going to pretend to be anything short of excited about that. It’s fun to see a crazy idea come together….

The woods used in this drum are oak, mahogany and acacia. I had an allergic reaction to the acacia and had to buy a respirator to finish the project!

There are 13 pieces of wood here, all segmented together or rather, coopered.

Each piece is:

1 1/2” wide
1 1/4” thick
12” long
Beveled at 13.8 degrees

I then glued them together and turned them to shape on the lathe.This was a bit of a scary process if I’m honest. The jaws in my chuck couldn’t expand wide enough to hold the drum tight, so I used the tail stock to add pressure. It was basically turned between centers.

I used a 30 degree chamfer bit in my router table to get the bearing edge for the drum head and a nice matching look for the bottom.

After that it was just a matter of wrapping the drum in stretch wrap and securing it. I toyed with lots of ways to do it and settled on the copper. I drilled some holes, inserted one end of the wire and tightly wrapped it around. I ended up doing three wraps on the top and one on the bottom.

I used a wipe on poly for the finish.

Will this last forever? No. But it will look cool on my shelf. Sometimes trying something fun is more important to me than making something practical! :)

Thanks for looking!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 11:55 AM

Way to think out of the box and have fun doing it. Nice job.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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