Tongue drum

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Project by pinkfish posted 2046 days ago 2555 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made three of these are christmas presents, this is the one I made for my daughter, Rowen. It was the prototype so it has a few more issues than the other drums have. I wrote the kids names on the bottom using my oil paints, Rowen found the unfinished drums and bit of redecorating of her own, so the names are not as clear as originally intended :)

The top is padauk and the sides are oak. I based the pattern off a design in a wood magazine.

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#1 posted 2046 days ago

Great work.
Frankly, I’ve never seen this kind of thing. Is it a kind of musical instrument?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 2046 days ago

Yes, it is a drum :) I made drum sticks using some super balls from a party store and a bit of 3/8” dowel. Each of the tongues plays a slightly different note. It is pretty nifty to play with. I think I play with it more than my daughter does :)

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#3 posted 2046 days ago

they sound really cool!

can you give us some basic plans/instructions?

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#4 posted 2046 days ago

These are on my to do list, thanks for sharing

-- Ron Central, CA

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#5 posted 2046 days ago

I second Brody’s desire for more information. Looks like a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 2046 days ago

A fun project. It takes me back about 30 years when I made some for my nieces and nephews. I think they still have them and their kids will play with them. I fussed over the different notes the fingers would make but the kids didn’t seem to notice. I cut fingers to extend from both ends toward the center so a shorter one was opposite a longer one.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 2046 days ago

It was from a wood magazine:

I didn’t actually tune mine, although you could with some sandpaper and a meter which shows you how close to the note it is. I have one of those :) The kids won’t care anyway and with the sort of banging it is likely to get probably wouldn’t keep it’s tune.

The guy also has a web site at:

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#8 posted 2046 days ago

A great musical gift…a great idea.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 2041 days ago

great instrument.. beautiful work.. and I love the story about the “help” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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