Tongue drum

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Project by midnightww posted 05-30-2014 02:06 PM 1497 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi there, been lurking around LJs for awhile now. This site has been a great resource for knowledge and inspiration. Thought it was time to post one of my first projects. I made a tongue drum for my 2 year old son as an Easter gift. Top is 3/4” purple heart with 1/2” cherry sides. Dimensions are 6×16x5. The tongues are 1.25” wide with lengths 4”-9”. I didn’t tune, but took material off the backs until each key resonated well. If I make another, I’d likely plane the top down to 5/8” for better resonance. The dovetails are hand cut ( hence the gaps). I loved working the cherry with saw/chisels.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers

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#1 posted 05-30-2014 02:15 PM

Looks like a great gift.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 03:23 PM

Very nice drum! Love that purpleheart! Dovetails are great, handcut or otherwise!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 03:25 PM

This is how memories are made, and family treasures created. Wonderful work!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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