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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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lizardhead

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 03:06 AM

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

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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tdude30

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#2 posted 03-25-2012 05:13 AM

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

#3 posted 03-25-2012 05:28 AM

Very beautiful job, Don.

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llwynog

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#4 posted 03-25-2012 07:34 AM

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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nomercadies

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 10:08 AM

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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don1960

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#6 posted 03-25-2012 11:18 AM

@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.

http://dtrust.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Tongue-Drum/21958991_6WJ2Wt#!i=1751457597&k=LRqtF3W

-- -- Don from PA

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#7 posted 03-25-2012 11:59 AM

Excellent!

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

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Josh

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#8 posted 03-25-2012 02:03 PM

That looks great, Don from PA.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover. Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan, and soon to be Pennsylvanian once again!

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#9 posted 03-25-2012 02:33 PM

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

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 03-25-2012 03:15 PM

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 03-25-2012 03:43 PM

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

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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llwynog

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#12 posted 03-25-2012 03:48 PM

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 03-25-2012 04:27 PM

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

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#14 posted 03-25-2012 08:48 PM

Wonderful drum

-- Norman

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#15 posted 03-26-2012 12:02 AM

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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