Toungue Drum made for Grandaughter

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Made this slit drum for my Grandaughter, just for fun.

Top is walnut, base is pine. Finish is about 5 coats of Deft Spray lacquer.

Sounds pretty good, and she loves it, so I’m happy.

I gotta say, a part of me was grinning about sending a noise making toy to my Step-Daughter’s house as payback for her noisemaking growing up, but she informs me that while my granddaughter plays it, the sound is more soothing than obnoxious. Guess I’ll have to come up with a noiser something in the future. LOL.

-- -- Don from PA

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#1 posted 890 days ago

That looks like fun. I made a Native American Flute, which plays fairly well

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#2 posted 890 days ago

So is that a cavity below it to amplify the sound? What does she play it with? That is really neat, thanks for sharing it.

-- Newbie woodworker

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#3 posted 890 days ago

Very beautiful job, Don.

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#4 posted 890 days ago

Very nice looking instrument.
I like the idea, this is something I’ll have to keep in mind next time I want to make a gift for friends/relatives children.
Any chance we can get a video to hear the sound of it ?

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#5 posted 890 days ago

I would love to see a picture of the bottom. Really like what you did. Thanks.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 890 days ago

@tdude30: the size is about 15×10x6” high. the sticks are just dowel rods with small superballs glued onto them. thanks for asking.

@llwynog: thanks for the compliments. they are very easy to make, and sound really neat. the ones I’ve made aren’t tuned like the professional ones, but they still sound nice.

to all: I’ve added a link to some more pictures and a short clip of my Granddaughter playing it. Thanks for taking the time to respond. the video is the last picture on the page. I didn’t think to take pictures from different angles. Sorry.!i=1751457597&k=LRqtF3W

-- -- Don from PA

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#7 posted 890 days ago


-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#8 posted 890 days ago

That looks great, Don from PA.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#9 posted 890 days ago

“sounds” like one of those are on my project list now!
Great job!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#10 posted 890 days ago

That is really great. Went to your link and it does sound soothing. Nice job.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#11 posted 890 days ago

Neat, never seen one of those before, you did a great job on it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 890 days ago

The sound is very rich. Really lovely.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#13 posted 890 days ago

This would be a good project for my granddaughter too! Nice job Don

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#14 posted 889 days ago

Wonderful drum

-- Norman

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#15 posted 889 days ago

Nice tongue drum. I’ve made one myself. It really sounds more like a xylophone than a drum, and you can make some nice music with it.

-- Allen, Colorado

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