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Tongue or Slit Drum

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 124 days ago 815 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Steve Ramsey of “Woodworking for Mere Mortals” for the inspiration to build this. A couple of firsts for me; one my first tongue drum, two turning a drumstick and three my first attempt at dovetail joinery. All three I consider a success ;-D!!
Turning the sphere, for the drumstick, on the lathe was a challenge but I did get really-really close. I think I need to turn another one, drums need two drumsticks my grandson informed me
The tongue drum itself was more challenging than I first thought. My first attempt at the slits was a complete diester! I used a beautiful 3/8” piece of walnut for my first attempt. I quickly learned to glue temporary bridges between the slits to minimize vibrations which will snap off the tongues! After a couple glueing tongues back on real disaster stuck, the walnut piece vibrated off the bench and onto the floor shattering beyond repair. The slit top is now made of maple and after correcting first attempt errors I was successful.
Dovetail joints went well. I used my new Porter Cable dovetail jig and after a few adjustments I cut very nice tails and pins. One note; if your board you are dovetailing is the least bit warped the joints will mirror the warpage. I have one pin/tail with a gap just for that reason.

The tongue drum was never intended to be a true musical instrument and it is a far cry from being that but it is a terrific noise maker and the Grandchildren will love it :-)

Here is a link to my practice playing of the drum. After the video I did perform a little tuning and applied 4 coats of rub on Polyurethane finish.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kelly_fuller/13472574625/

as always thanks for looking!!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction





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#1 posted 124 days ago

CoolI I like it.

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#2 posted 124 days ago

Interesting. I have one of these. Neat to play tunes with.

-- jroot

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#3 posted 124 days ago

I had to look it up. Wasn’t sure what they were. Coo idea. Sounds like a lot of fun.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 124 days ago

This is a cool build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#5 posted 123 days ago

Wonderful instrument

-- Norman

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#6 posted 123 days ago

Very Nice Indeed!

Couldn’t Play it right now though. Tongues To Sore. ;-}

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#7 posted 47 days ago

The grandchildren will love it but the mum & dad mightn’t, though I’m sure they’ll appreciate the craftsmanship and love in its making….well done sir..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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