Tongue drums

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Project by JWF posted 11-21-2011 12:54 AM 2260 views 14 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are Christmas presents for my two year old nieces. I’m sure they’ll have fun for 5 or 10 minutes banging on these. Their parents might not appreciate them too much but they live far enough away that I don’t really have to worry about it (insert evil chuckle here).

I made a prototype first to make sure they sounded OK. Found out that putting sound holes in one side leads to a significant increase in volume. These are made from poplar; sides are 3/4 inch, tops are 1/2 inch. I let the pieces spend some time in the sun to turn some green streaks brown (or brownish-green at least). Finish is Minwax Cherry stain followed up by four coats of wipe on poly and a coat of wax. The stain seemed to enhance the poplar green but then the poly made it fade away.

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 01:29 AM

Good looking, and cool too!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 03:11 AM

nice job
they make drum sticks with rubber ends, they are for drumline and should be at your local guitar center.

-- Ben L

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 06:20 AM

You are a evil Uncle !
Nice job and I would love to hear the sound !

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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#4 posted 11-21-2011 05:56 PM

I like it a lot! I can see our grandchildren getting these soon!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 01:45 AM

These are sooooo fun to make and play, Make sure you get the super balls on good cuz they will go flying off. I use a mixture of liquid nails and silicon with a really tight fit. I’m sure the nieces will love them too.

Thanks for the post, makes me want to make some more hee hee

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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