Tongue Drum Journey #8: Finishing the boxes hark a tune!

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-28-2021 04:58 AM 1101 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I kept keeping on and this morning, and I got to a stage where my concerns as to function were beginning to grow

So I clamped everything together no base as did a test.

I didn’t hear much more than a dull thud when I wacked it, so i tried all the different wackas, nothing more than different colour dull thuds

A little perplexed I expected a sound something like Sandy Nelson produced, a little disappointing to say the least.

I then wondered if it was because the base was open, and clamped a Chunkawood on the bottom.
Lo and behold it did make some sort of musical noise.

Being a little more motivated in continuing on I went looking for some material for the bottom.

I found a little stick I could use so I wrestled it up onto the saw horses and dug out my Big Ass saw

I doesn’t get used much and its the biggest saw I have that almost passes for a beam saws little brother.

As it was about to be rudely awakened I thought it best to give the blade a bit of a birthday as it was about to work to the max.

We into this little “stick” and eventually we had what I thought would be a endless supply of wood for whatever.

with its job done it was back to the hanger and on to the table saw.

Sawing away and flipping it in two passes to cut through I was producing what I thought was more timber than you could ever imagined, however,

I found some little visitors had been there.

Now this is red ironbark and supposedly very resistant to termites and a tungsten tipped blade is essential to a job lot cut on it.

But they have had one helvla a party inside at some time in the past.

I also thought they had all died in the process or wore their teeth out never to get out, but it wasn’t the case, and I needed to investigate further

The point of entry looks to be from the base section in the ground. Its a bit hard to see but the middle is hollow.

Then after examining all my “nice” slabs I noticed a exit tunnel, so I checked the remaining stock,

Sure enough the tunnel continues into the remaining stock it but is dormant for any life so the little El Chapo’s were long gone, I didnt find a little motorbike either!

Back to the task at hand

I thicknessed the section for the base

and fitted it,

just as I was about to wack off again it started to rain so I had to pack up!

So that’s an early knock off and lunch, will continue tomorrow.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-28-2021 06:12 AM

Stay tuned Tee Hee !
- robscastle

This sounds like Looney Tunes... did you use ctrl + D?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 06-28-2021 02:47 PM

you two are looney thats for sure.

-- 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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#3 posted 06-29-2021 12:46 PM

Just catchin’ up Rob. This looks like a fun build to use up some nice boards that I have more than I need for a box but less than I need for a bigger piece :-) And I’m sure I could find a grandkid that wouldn’t mind beatin’ on it for me. Thanks for the write up. I’ll have to keep it in mind for a Christmas or birthday gift.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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