Repairing Mine and an Other's

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-02-2015 05:41 PM 1709 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the things I get to do is repair the rhythm instruments that get broken at my wife’s school. In this case a pair of slit drums were the victims of over-exuberant students. The longer drum was commercially purchased sometime ago and my wife has commented several times how badly made it was. The other drum is the one I made last year.

Looking at the damage of both, I decided the best course of action was to remove the broken tops and simply make replacements. I made them out of thicker wood, poplar that I got from an old drawer front. kept the interesting grain centered as much as possible. After sanding, gluing and finishing the tops, the drums are ready for another session in class. I need to make another batch of these sorts of things, but that’s not likely to happen till after Christmas.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 10-02-2015 11:12 PM

Nice work in a good cause, fortunately I haven’t had any returns on the dozens of pairs of rhythm sticks I made for a local music teacher.. lol..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 05:04 AM

They look great, Dave! Ready for more beating ;-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 09:59 AM

How cool. I just made a woodblock for MY wife who is a band director at a a school. I would like to try to build one of these slit drums some day. Do they use them in the school band at your wife’s school, or the music class?

-- Patrick Parson Workshop

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 10:07 AM

They are used in the general music class, with much enthusiasm. I made a woodblock for my wife some years ago, but didn’t photograph it. Never fear, I’ll be making others. At least we both have an outlet to get projects like these out of our shop and USED!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 10-06-2015 01:27 AM

Yep – I love it. Making things for kids to use is so awesome.

-- Patrick Parson Workshop

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