Tongue Drum for my son / Xmas present 2010. #1

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Project by Junji posted 12-25-2010 08:05 AM 3395 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not spending as much as time I should in my shop this winter, because I have been busy fishing…
Well, this is what I really have to do, (Been doing this for more than 5 years now) woodworking gift for my kids.

this was really a fun project, especially to see how it sounds and how it changes.
Tried to tune every key by cutting the other side of the top board, but the more I spend time tuning it, the more I realized that you don’t have to care much about it.. Well, this is a drum, it’s not a keyboard or marimba. And every key has 2 or more sounds at a same time, and even if I tune it well, it changes the tune when I put the board and the box together…
Anyway, it just came out OK for me and kids. It sounds really great, when you play…. uh, you would just forget the time. You can just play it forever!!!

The sticks have rubber top, which you can buy at 100 yen shop here in Japan. It can be really soft by putting it in hot water, and it becomes hard when cool. It is just like Superball .

Top is Nara (japanese oak) and the sides are ash.

Merry Christmas to all of you!!!



スリットドラム(Tongue Drum)という、かなり素朴な楽器です。






-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 08:10 AM

That is awesome!

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 08:11 AM

Very cool!!! great project and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

-- helen

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 12:33 PM


happy smiling kids

nice drum

it’s good to hear you laugh

merry christmas

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 01:22 PM



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 04:28 PM

Junji, Looks like a hit.. I like the number of tongues you were able to put in to it.

Merry Christmas.


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

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 04:47 PM

A really neat gift. Thanks for the youtube video. It has wonderful sounds and looks like they are enjoying it very much.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 04:48 PM

Very nice job on the drum. The kids sure like it no mater how it is tuned. You made the right thing for them !!
Merry Christmas!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 12-25-2010 05:16 PM

Nice work!
Should keep you busy for a long time :-)

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 05:34 PM

Wow! This is just too cool! Awesome!
Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 12-25-2010 11:46 PM

Yoi-o-toshi yo, Junji!
That drum is so cool. Do they sell them in Japan? I’ve never seen one before, here or there.
Do you have youTube vids of you playing on stage?

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#11 posted 12-26-2010 03:03 AM

Thanks everybody, and again, Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your Japanese message, and it’s really surprising that you wrote my name just right with Chinese characters!

Well, it didn’t take as much time I first thought. Maybe about 5 hours total…

I have never seen selling one like this. I just saw them with youtube and other sites.
Me playing youtube video… I have never thought about it.
Ah, here I found one me playing guitar and chorus. It’s some TV show about a few months ago.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 06:19 AM

very cool box/drum

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 12-27-2010 09:24 PM

Junji my friend…..your gifts never fail to please! Happy Holidays to you and your family. I watched your video, are you the guitar player standing next to the beautiful girl or the one sitting in the backgroung?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#14 posted 12-29-2010 12:18 AM

Wonderful tongue drum and charming kids Junji, and I really enjoyed the music video too. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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