|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 09-16-2012 05:32 PM||2557 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
This is my Tongue Drum #3, made with 5/8” x 3-1/2” red oak sides and ends, and a 1” x 8-1/2” x 18” Honduras mahogany tongue board and 1/4” recessed 6mm Okoume bottom, removable with #6×3/4” RH wood screws. I’ve tapered the tongue board on the inside or bottom side from 1” at the perimeter to 5/8” at the tongue ends as an experiment (see photo #6). The sound quality is good and seems to be pitched a little higher than the earlier drums I made.
The drum stick (mallets) are of 1” ‘super balls’ with 3/8” x 14” hardwood dowels which are ‘foxtailed’ into the balls to hold them on securely. The larger set is made from 1-3/8” hollow balls used for fetching dogs. The handles are held on by roughing the ends with shallow saw cuts and using expandable foam for sealing windows and doors to fill the insides of the balls around the roughened ends.
I have three more drums to make in order to furnish one for each grand child and I will probably make those a little deeper by an inch or so as the depth seems to make the sound more mellow and ‘round’.
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:
-- "Never let your dogma get run over by your karma!"