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Project by Greg Wurst posted 11-30-2008 02:12 AM 3099 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tongue drum from a Wood magazine article in the October, 2006 issue. It’s made of red oak with the handles and feet made of some sapele I had left-over. I mounted the side handles on the bottom side of the drum as opposed to the top like they had detailed due to my not noticing. It looks just fine down low as far as I am concerned.

I cut the top with a scroll saw, which cuts so finely I had to cut both sides of the slots. Once the top was mounted one of the fingers was a little too tight so I had to widen the slot with the jig saw. I got a little too wild on the round part and gouged it a bit, but it still looks and plays fine. It’s finished with danish oil and once it fully dries I’ll coat it with a few coats of wiping varnish.

My son seems to like it. Here’s some video of him playing with it. In the first one I dared mute his favorite show and he wouldn’t go back to the drum until I turned the sound back on! ;)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.





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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 11-30-2008 02:16 AM

awesome!

GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!

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Greg Wurst

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#2 posted 11-30-2008 02:27 AM

My wife’s the big Colts fan. I’ve been a Cowboys fan for life. We alternate jerseys for the boy to wear. ;)

Fortunately, the Colts and Cowboys don’t play each other very often. When they do it gets ugly around here! :p

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#3 posted 11-30-2008 02:54 AM

That thing has a really cool sound!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-30-2008 02:55 AM

Cool drum

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 11-30-2008 03:00 AM

This is one of the first projects that my son and I made, back when. He took it to school for a science project.
These are neat to make and play. I can’t believe I haven’t made another. Thanks for the post.

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Rustic

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#6 posted 11-30-2008 04:08 AM

That is soo cool

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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darryl

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#7 posted 11-30-2008 05:50 AM

I had seen that project in that same issue… I have been wondering how they sounded as well, thanks for sharing the video. I’ve been considering adding this to the list of possible projects to do with my girls.
Thanks for sharing.

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clieb91

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#8 posted 11-30-2008 03:45 PM

Very cool project. I have seen these at my local Woodcraft. Would love to make one for my daughter someday. Your son seems to like it, I am sure once his show goes off he’ll have fun with it :).

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 11-30-2008 06:20 PM

Cool!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Daren Nelson

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#10 posted 12-01-2008 03:53 AM

That is interesting for sure. It has me thinking now on tonewoods, who’da thought.

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TexasTimbers

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#11 posted 12-02-2008 07:43 PM

I made one for my kids around 1994 from an article in a wood mag. We loved that thing! Me, arguably the most; being a drummer I could not leave it alone. “Daddy I wanna play it now it’s MY turn! It’s MY drum daddy!” lol.

Its remains are still lurking somewhere. I think it has 3 tongues left.

-- "Sure, listen to what the experts have to say, just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking."

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Kerry

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#12 posted 12-11-2008 05:33 AM

I saw that article and wondered how it would sound. Nice job.

That first video is too funny! How dare you mute his program!

Cheers,
Kerry

-- Alberta, Canada

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echarde

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#13 posted 01-14-2009 12:12 AM

Yeah!!! I love it!! what a coool song! did u have any copy of this article? I want the same :)

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 04:10 AM

That’s awesome! I never finished mine for some reason… I really need to get back in the shop and do so. Did you use super hi bounce balls for the drum sticks?

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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Greg Wurst

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#15 posted 03-28-2013 11:25 AM

Yes, any super ball or rubber ball works great. The harder the better.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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