|Project by mcoyfrog||posted 07-28-2009 06:58 PM||3749 views||15 times favorited||37 comments|
These are what I call my economic drums.
Me and my boy wanted to do a project together and he is really into music. We tried flutes first and they didn’t turn out so well. Thats when I found these, WOW I never even heard of them before. The sounds they make are so beautiful. Since he is 10 years old I wanted to make something we could finish fairly quick (10yr olds attention span not very long LOL). Also if it didn’t turn out I didn’t want to wast a lot of wood sooooo thats where the economic idea came to be. We made are first two which aren’t pictured here and they were so fun I decided to make a bunch more and see how they sell.
The tops are all solid wood from cherry to walnut. The box is made from whatever sheet material I had on hand. As far as sound I like the boxes that were made of cabinet grade plywood, but the regular plywood and MDF ones sound good too. I probably won’t make any more out of particle board, the sound isn’t as nice as the rest. I’ll post the solid wood one I made later on after I get it finished.
The big ones are 18” long by 7” by 7” there is 6 tongues each 1” shorter then the last. Top is made from solid wood, sides range from 3/4” ply to 3/4” MDF, the bottom is 1/4” ply to bounce the sound around. The front of the boxes have various shapes and sizes sound holes. After I put the finish on the wood tops (1lb cut shellac) I masked it off and painted the base coat, then masked it again and used exacto knife to cut out the patterns and paint the final design. Ok so all the traditional tongue drummers out there probably won’t like these but the sounds are so cool that they could get someone into it for a small amount of $$ then when their hooked they can get the nice solid wood drum hee hee.
The base drums are 16”x7”x7” and have 3 tongues, and the tweeters are 12”x7”x7” with 3 tongues. Otherwise they are made the same as the main ones.
Oh yeah there not pictured but the drum sticks are just dowels with super balls glued on the end, and they don’t seem to stay on very long before I have to reglue them. I’ve asked around and it seems to be a well kept secret as to what adhesive would work. The longest hold time i’ve found so far is liquid nails. Silcon doesn’t last long at all. If anyone has any ideas that would be great..
Hope you all enjoy, and have a great day… Doug
-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug