Finish for wood (box) drum ideas

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Forum topic by Tennwood posted 02-14-2013 02:13 AM 997 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2013 02:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut drum finish

I am building log/box drums for the high school band and need ideas about what finish would work best. The box is made of walnut. The top will be beat on with rubber mallets so I need a finish that will hold up. I was thinking of danish oil being it will penetrate but also have some varnish to protect. I don’t know if a straight poly would hold up to beating. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 02:15 AM

Linseed oil. I would not bother with the varnish.

Tongue drums are tricky to build well. You thin
out the root of the tongue to tune the pitch and
if there is a flaw in the wood it may change pitch
in use or develop a buzz. Padauk and rosewood
are good for the top.

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