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Project by OttoH posted 1216 days ago 2336 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After playing around with slit drum designs, I came up with one that sounds good and has six tongues. I made these so you do not need a mallet to get a good tone, you can play these by holding the drum with one hand and hitting the tongues with a finger. The drums are 16 inches long, 6 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and are made from recycled wood.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD





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Wolffarmer

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#1 posted 1216 days ago

Cool work. Do you have any plans?

I like the musical staff on the side.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 1216 days ago

Nice drum!! You should put a sound clip on the page so we can hear it!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 1216 days ago

Very nice.
What thickness did you make the top?

Jamie

-- 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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OttoH

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#4 posted 1215 days ago

I do not have plans, I like to tinker in the shop and see where the wood takes me. The top is 3/4 inch thick, the sides are 1/2 inch thick, and the bottoms are 1/8 inch thick. the total length of the slits are 13 inches and were cut by lowering the piece against the fence on my table saw, I cut the cross slits on the tongues with my Dremel mounted in a router base. The musical staff was laid out using a french curve and the holes were cut with a 1/2 inch Forstener bit.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 1215 days ago

Thank Otto

Jamie

-- 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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BillyUP

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#6 posted 1215 days ago

Plans for the slits would be good, as I made one the other day from scraps, which turmed out poorly. It was for
my wife to take to a “Drumming Party”, where they sit around playing drums. She’s 74 years OLD!
Refused to take it along, as it had really bad sound! Made good kindling in the wood stove. Billy

-- Imagination is more important than Knowledge

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