|Project by JoeinDE||posted 12-26-2012 04:25 PM||2217 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
These are all roughly the same size. The videos embedded give a better concept of size. They were given as Christmas presents to my sister’s kids who are all under the age of 5 so I was concerned with making them sturdy. The first has 3/4” ply sides and beech front and back with a walnut soundboard. The second has the same box build with a mahogany (?) soundboard. The third has sapele sides, beech front and back and a maple soundboard. All three have cedar OSB as the bottom. They are all finished with two “coats” of mineral oil. The mallets were made from super balls and 1/4” maple dowels. All the joints are simply glued with titebond and the corners were reinforced with a glued triangular wedge support. Since I was making seven of these I decided to take the easy way out.
So far the kids seem to like them. Below are the links to the videos that I made while playing these three. Sorry for the quality – I was holding the camera and beating a drum, which is not the easiest thing to do.
The soundboard does not resonate very well on this one
This one sounds better than the walnut
The maple soundboard has the best resonance of these three
As always, comments and critiques are welcome.