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Project by Pete Santos posted 11-12-2012 04:18 AM 1840 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made of solid Honduras Mahogany. This percussion instrument is a modern take on a traditional instrument that is used during Polynesian dancing.

It’s 24 inches long, 4 inches tall, and 7.5 inches deep. Finished with shellac.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.





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#1 posted 11-13-2012 01:26 PM

I always wanted to make something like this for my little nephew. I’m sure my brother would love that!
Is there any baffle (?) inside to direct the sound? Is there some type of drum stick used or is it played just with hands? I have a piece of mahogany just waiting. I could knock this out for Christmas. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 11-13-2012 06:20 PM

489, there is no baffle. Traditionally, these are made of one solid piece of tree trunk of tropical hardwood. Obviously those are hard to come by in Central Texas where I am currently located. I used a sandwich technique to assemble this thing so that all the long grain is running the same direction. Only used wood glue and a lot of clamping pressure. This should stand up since it is made of 5/8 inch thick boards on the top and bottom and front and back. The sides are 2 inch thick cutoffs from slabs I used from a different project.

I cut the front and back as strips and glued them to the sides which are 3 inches long, 2 inches thick, and 6 inches wide. When that was dried, i surfaced the thing to be even. I then glued on the top and bottom. When that dried, I ran the front and back through the jointer and then cut of the ends with my sliding miter saw. I used 1 inch forstner bit to start the openings and used my jigsaw and rasp to finish it up.

Traditionally there is one long slot in the front, but I left a middle piece to help it last longer since these things really get beat on.

You are supposed to use special Toere drum sticks, but you can use the back end of regular drum sticks. Google Toere Drum Stick and you will see what they look like. It’s just a 2 inch diameter stick about 18 inches long with a gradual taper to about a 1/2 inch point.

You cannot play this with your hands, unless you have really tough hands…..

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#3 posted 11-14-2012 05:05 PM

Thanks!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 11:15 PM

Chamoruboy,

So how does it sound…. and what does it sound like???

Thanks,
Mike

-- Mike

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