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Built these for my 2 young nieces. This was my first attempt at tongue drums. Sides and bottoms are 1/2 inch birch plywood that I found leaned against a dumpster waiting for the trash man. The tops are 1/4 inch red oak. Dimensions are 6" x 12" I had the idea for the shaped sound holes just because I thought they would give a little extra "flare" to the boxes. I think it worked well. Walnut stain and cherry blossom pink stain I had left over from another project. Final finish with 3 coats of Deft. I personally liked the pink top box better. But they both turned out great and sound tons better than I expected them to. I really enjoyed making them and think that there will be many more in the future. Everyone in the family enjoyed them on christmas morning. Especially the 2 little girls that recieved them. My brother was very appreciative also. Considering that his little girl has not stopped playing it since christmas morning. LOL! Good for her!

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Thanks ike. I didn't have any actual plans. I just kind of winged it. I did look at alot of different ones online though. I need to thank stevinmarin for his inspiration for these. It was his video that I first watched that got me interested in making some of these.
 

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They turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing.
 

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Very nice.

Can you comment on how you cut the slits in the top? Did you use a table saw, scroll saw and/or jig saw.
 

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They look great. I watched Steve's video as well and have at least one on my to do list.
Glad to hear the girls liked them so much. I am sure you brother is quite happy that his daughter got one, isn't nice to still have a away to annoy your siblings on occasion :)

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Thanks for all the nice comments. Rich, I used a circular saw to cut the slits. My original plan was to use my table saw to cut the slits, unfortunately my table saw crapped on me in the process so I ended up using my circular saw. Not the most best, but hey, it worked. Clieb, it sure is nice to still be able to aggravate them, even from long distances.
 
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