|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 09-09-2012 09:44 PM||3425 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
This is my second of a planned five or six Tongue Drums – one for each grand child and one or two for my wife. This one is 3-1/2” x 9” x 18”. I tried a sounding board of maple with this one – the first was cherry. Otherwise there is little difference. And even though I halved the volume of the resonating chamber from the first one, the sound did not seem to change very much and there is little difference in tone. Changing the widths and lengths of the individual tongues seems to make the most difference.
I added a carry handle to this one which seemed needed since the drums are rather large and bulky, and a handle is very convenient. I will add a handle to all future drums I build.
Top is 3/4” maple, and sides and ends are 3/4 pine. Bottom is 6mm Okoume plywood, recessed 1/4” and is removable with 16 #6×3/4” RH wood screws. Carry handle is a piece of cherry on a nylon lanyard. The finish of the drum is Tung oil.
I am experimenting with different flavors of material sizes as I build these, and will pass along anything I may learn on this forum.
UPDATE 6/26/2015: I’ve made a new blog entry to pass along a few things I’ve learned to help those who may wish to build any of these:
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