Slit Drum

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Project by gtpreacher posted 12-12-2010 11:12 PM 8299 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little slit drum was made from a Wood Magazine plan a few years ago as a gift for my son, a very talented drummer. It’s made from oak and padauk, and it actually has an interesting sound. although it is not tuned in any way. This was a fun project.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 11:40 PM

Looks great and I am sure it has a unique sound. Fun project !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 11:48 PM

Neat idea. Well done.

Can you comment on the mallets? What are those ends made of?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 11:52 PM

Hi could you tell me or popint me in the direction of where I can find plans for this type of thing .It would be a great toy for my little grandson.?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 01:06 AM

Great job Phil, Ive been wanting to make one of these for a long time and now you have inspired me!! Thanks!!!

Alistair, here is a link;

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

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#5 posted 12-13-2010 04:08 AM

Very cool and clean looking drum. I would love to build one myself some day.

Hey Rich, I seen some videos on these and they always use those super bouncy balls you can get at toy stores or even the dollar store. Everyone I seen just used dowels inserted into these balls….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 04:27 AM

Very Cool! Great Job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 04:22 PM

To answer the questions: Rich, the mallets are indeed made from “Super Balls” bought at Walmart. I carefully drilled a hole in each ball and inserted a dowel for the handle. Alistair, Tomakazi has posted the correct link. That’s the plan I used.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 07:04 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the imagination of people that work with their hands! Incredible idea. Could it be tuned by adjusting the length of cuts?

-- Dave

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#9 posted 12-14-2010 12:10 AM

For tuning, do a search on “tongue drum tuning”. Can be done but sounds like an involved process. Appears to be accomplished by shaving the “tongues”


-- Go

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#10 posted 12-17-2010 07:31 PM

I tried making one of these as well…yours appears to have come out better than mine, but it is a cool project. the 3 longer tongues, on mine, ended up sounding very similar, but the short two have a nice tone to them. I’ve been told that in order to tune them, you have to whittle away on the underside of the drum—for more bass whittle away near the free end, for treble whittle away closer to the non cut side.

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#11 posted 01-08-2011 08:50 AM

Great job!
I made the same drum out of poplar and danto.
I love the sound.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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