Wood Drum boxes.

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Project by Bill Hayes posted 09-07-2009 02:02 AM 18446 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is two drum boxes I made for my granddaughters. The top is purple heart and the bottom is red oak. Has five notes and you can really play music on them. Used little rubber balls from Wal-Mart and glued them on a stick and they sound great.

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 02:18 AM

Looks great, Bill. I’ve made tongue drums before… they’re lots of fun but impossible to tune properly. Here’s a picture of my large one (I’ll make a project page for it later):
Tongue Drum by Allen

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 02:28 AM

Great looking drum, I look forward to see your project. Where did you find the plans for a large double drum. Love the added looks on the corners.

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 03:12 AM

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 04:13 AM

Bill, cool set of drums!

-- John @

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 05:45 AM

Very cool project, I’ve seen some that were in tune that sold for a lot of $$$.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 06:32 AM

Great Lookin Drums Kids Love them

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 09-07-2009 06:44 AM

Hey Bill. I started out just copying the pattern from an existing drum I found somewhere online (I can’t remember where), then I went into a graphic editing program and changed the tongue areas a bit to try and tune it ahead of time (which didn’t work at all, unfortunately). Here is a form post from another site with my original prototype tongue drum and my crude plans for this bigger one at the bottom of the page.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 10-23-2009 03:32 PM

Now that looks like a project I would love to make for my son and nephew… Great looking drums!

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 03:36 AM

I am in the process of building my first tongue drum, and if it goes well, more to follow, but any hints you could give would be well appreciated. what do you finish it with? do you finish the inside to have the sound bounce better? I’ve got 3/16 birch ply for the bottom…should it be hardened with mineral spirits or some other kind of liquid before final staining? would it sound better if bottom was on table or ground rather than on ‘feet’? i’ve heard nails are bad…even pinner nails? see what I mean about any hints you could have? i appreciate your time and experienced!

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#10 posted 01-20-2011 02:26 PM

These look very cool, does anyone know where to find more info on making these?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 02:48 PM

I got the plans from a copy of Wood, I will look tonight and see which on e it was. Wasn’t hard to do just needed a good Jig saw and steady hand
Snow and Ice here so leaving early for work so will have to wait to look it up

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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