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Project by SteveCast posted 05-05-2020 12:23 AM 673 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this table/drum for my girlfriends birthday. The table part was inspired by the Wood Whisper and the Tongue Drum inspiration by Michael Thiele. The drum and panels are Paduak, table is of Leopardwood with Ebony accent plugs. Fun project to make while being sheltered in place.

Steve

-- Steve, Bay Area





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Lefty53

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#1 posted 05-05-2020 12:53 AM

Very nice Steve! Beautiful design and gorgeous wood! curious, did you tune that to a specific range of tones?
Doug

-- Doug, Ohio

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psully

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#2 posted 05-05-2020 01:32 AM

Wow, they call it exotic wood for a reason – what amazing grain and color. Nice project, love the graceful lines on the legs and the bevel on the top. Stupid question, is there a set pattern for the drum portion for given notes?

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#3 posted 05-05-2020 01:52 AM

wow a fantastic table i remember david marks made one in one on one the episodes from his show.i see influences of greene and greene and some asian tones as well.the wood combo is over the top,just a beautiful piece.it’s a shame but that radiant padauk will eventually turn a dark brown,one of my favorite woods.so the big question is,how the hall does it sound?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 05-05-2020 01:59 AM

Hello,
Thanks for the kind words. It is tuned on the bottom of each key, carving wood away from either the tip or the base of each tongue. This was the hardest part of the project because I have no musicale ability. I just referenced YouTube videos to guide me through with the help of tuning apps. It is divided into four quadrants and tuned to the chords C, G, Aminor and F.

-- Steve, Bay Area

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#5 posted 05-05-2020 02:15 AM

Hi and thanks for the comments,
Doesn’t sound as well as the established tongue drum makers, but for my first one, I’m pleased.

-- Steve, Bay Area

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#6 posted 05-05-2020 02:17 AM

Beautiful looking wood and design. I can only imagine that it sounds great too. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 05-05-2020 03:05 AM

move over Sandy Nelson

-- Regards Rob

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Ryan Sandler

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#8 posted 05-05-2020 03:22 AM

Very nice! I’ve built a couple of tongue drums, and have thought for years that it would be cool to build one into (out of?) a piece of furniture. My thought was bookcase, but now that I see it, a table probably makes more sense. And you’ve done a great job with it too!

Whatever the tone is like, with the resonator box being so large, I have to imagine that thing is loud. :-)

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SteveCast

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#9 posted 05-05-2020 03:34 AM

Hello,
The drum has its own box under it.
Thank you for all the comments.

-- Steve, Bay Area

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#10 posted 05-05-2020 09:24 AM

Steve, great design and wood combos. Congrats on DT3

-- Petey

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#11 posted 05-05-2020 01:48 PM

Fantastic looking table/drum. I can’t think of anything else to say that hasn’t already been said. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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RCCinNC

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#12 posted 05-05-2020 02:33 PM

Steve…I’m in awe. I wish I had your sense of design. There is something so “right” about the proportion, combination of woods and color that makes this piece naturally elegant without being overbearing. Not sure I can explain it.
And it makes music! Holy cow!
Bravo!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#13 posted 05-05-2020 03:25 PM

What a fun project! I know a few people who would absolutely love this!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 05-05-2020 03:34 PM

Really like the different woods and how they work together. Very nice project.

-- bpick - Colorado

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#15 posted 05-06-2020 01:01 AM

Looks really good. Great combination of timbers and well executed.

-- Madburg WA

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