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Commission for a friend…Sounds great and my kids love it. Back to the shop to make more!
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#1 posted 01-11-2010 02:13 AM
Nice job building it. What kind of wood? NHow is the sound?
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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#2 posted 01-11-2010 02:25 AM
-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.
#3 posted 01-11-2010 02:25 AM
I made it all from oak. Top is 3/4”, sides are 1/2”. It sounds really cool! The mallets are dowels with super-balls glued on the end.
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#4 posted 01-11-2010 02:39 AM
That is pretty cool. Gonna have to make one of those for my kids. Is it tuned or did you just wing it?
#5 posted 01-11-2010 02:41 AM
Nice to know oak will work and not have to use paduck :-)
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#6 posted 01-11-2010 02:51 AM
I didn’t know superballs would work. Thought it had to be a hard mallet
-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill
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#7 posted 01-11-2010 03:55 AM
Now you have done it! My granddaughter comes over Tuesday so I had better get busy.
-- A childs smile is payment enough.
#8 posted 01-11-2010 04:07 AM
I have had the plans forever, and just now got around to making one. It was in a wwing mag a while back. The superballs work great. It helps to have something that bounces and it gives the drum a tribal jungle sound (to quote my son). The lengths are 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 inches. I didn’t do any fancy joints, only butts with biscusts.
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#9 posted 01-11-2010 05:37 AM
Very nice. What did you use to cut the tongues?
#10 posted 01-11-2010 05:41 AM
I used my table saw to cut the lines in the tongues. I dropped the blade all the way down and attached a feather board to my rip fence to hold it down. I marked the start and stop point on my rip fence and lined everthing up. Power on, raise the blade slowly and once blade gets to max height, push stock to the stop mark. Power down and hold everything in place until the blade stops. Drop the blade and reset for next cut. For the curves, I just used a jig saw and finished them with a file and rasp.
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#11 posted 01-11-2010 05:43 AM
Fun project well done
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#12 posted 03-09-2010 03:03 AM
i’m about 3/4 of my way through making my first one from the wood mag. i’m hoping it sounds okay. while i was cutting mine—with a jigsaw and scrollsaw, well maybe my tools just are poor quality or need a tune up. anyway, they were cut on angles, i hope this doesn’t take away too much with the sound. any tricks you want to share?
#13 posted 03-09-2010 07:11 AM
I made all of my straight cuts with my table saw. I did a careful set up dropped the blade below the table and did a upwards plunge cut and fed it through. I used a biscut joiner for the whole thing. I have read that using any hardware will mess up the sound. For the mallets, I used dowels and superballs CA glued on. I also did simple butt joints for the sides. Nothing fancy.
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#14 posted 02-14-2011 08:31 AM
That’s a cool little drum. Looks like it would be easier than a cajon. I made a cajon once, but I missed it up, got it to thick. Are there any other holes other than the ones pictured?
-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with
#15 posted 02-14-2011 12:29 PM
Thanks devann! That is all of the holes. I have seen others where there are holes on the sides or front to help project sound, but I liked the design and sound of this one.
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