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Tongue Drum Journey #1: Tongue Drum Journey No 1

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-04-2021 07:43 AM 377 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw GnarlyErik’s tongue Drum post and watched the video, it was enough to get me excited, ...about making one for my grandson too!

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/420028

I did quite a bit of research and watched a few you tube posts and found some plans from The Carmichael Workshop

Checked out a few more of Gnarly’s creations and decided to set to work.

I could have edge jointed a few of my “planks” I had just made or looked for a simpler way with solid timber.

Under my black plastic sheet covering my stash of Red Iron Bark I found a piece I could possibly use.

I hauled it out thinking it should have a decent timbre due to its density

Its about a 1m x 160 mm x 160mmm. That should be enough to make two as long as i don’t have any failures along the way.

That should do the trick i thought.

I seemed a bit on the heavy side so I popped it onto my precision scales for a weigh in.

Some initial checks revealed it was reasonably square and straight.

Marked it up for jointing and rolled out my trusty jointer

I guess of all the woodworking tools that shouldn’t move is a jointer but unfortunatey mine has to, much to the precise calibration it needs.

I did three passes on two sides

Side 1

All looked OK there.

Side 2

After the third pass I noticed the timber was wider than my jointer so I has to sand off the feather edge

I also had some helpers too, a couple of Crowies rels dropped by to see what I was doing, Maybe they thought I was going to make some Ford Hot Rods from the timber!

Any way I determined I could get six planks from the block

All was looking good, I had some minor out of square error but trying to wrestle 20 kgs of timber on a small jointer was no mean feat, so decided to live with it as once every thing was ripped into planks it would not be noticable

If you were wondering what the oil stains were all my gear is oiled and preserved once I have finished using it.
I dont like cleaning rust of cast Iron!


as the surface is rough I don’t bother to lean it off, other nicer timber its a must.

Next was run through the thicknesser
Now my thicknesser is a 15Amp job so I need a industrial outlet for it

As you can see its mobile as well along with a braided grounding strap to prevent static electricity build up.

However as I was doing the final run I discovered some buried treasure!

Lucky it was soft nails and not hardened screws!

Just the same I did a damage check just in case, and ran a test piece through to check if any inserts were chipped..

No obvious damage so continued on,

Producing this stick of wood for the next step

The darkness was starting to beat me and its beer and pizza time so that’s it for today

Next ripping into planks and determining the sizes for the Drum/s !

-- Regards Rob



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crowie

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#1 posted 06-04-2021 08:21 AM

You’d have gotten a good workout lumping that beautiful log around all afternoon Rob.
But great save from the fire or tip!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 06-04-2021 11:46 AM

I just hate seeing shiny spots in lumber – - -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 06-04-2021 06:53 PM

Nice start Rob!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 06-04-2021 07:51 PM

nice looking timber,you got lucky hitting those nails with no damage.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-05-2021 02:47 AM

It seems if we’re not turning big pieces of lumber into little pieces, we’re gluing little pieces together to make big ones. Never satisfied with what we have, are we?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 06-05-2021 02:57 AM



It seems if we’re not turning big pieces of lumber into little pieces, we’re gluing little pieces together to make big ones. Never satisfied with what we have, are we?

- Dave Polaschek


well yeah dave,isn’t that what we do-lol.

-- 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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