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My 'Plank Organ' made with two Tongue Drums

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My 'Plank Organ' made with two Tongue DrumsMost people know about 'Pipe Organs', but have you ever heard of a 'Plank Organ'? Me neither!A while back I made a number of 'Tongue Drums' for adult kids and grandkids. I kept two of them for myself because I find they're a great way to release stress. One has a cherry wood top, and the larger one has a padauk top. The larger one has about 25% more volume than the smaller. The long sides are hard maple, and the ends of the smaller is walnut, and the larger one is cherry. They each have thin, removable bottoms for resonance.To make them the right height for stand alone playing I eventually made a small stand for one of them. After experimenting with playing them together later, I discovered that because they are roughly one octave apart they sound really good played together, at least to my ear. It's a bit like a xylophone in a way.That impelled me to build another stand, 'shotgunned' off the first one. I also gave each a slight angle so my drum mallets wouldn't hit on the edge. I've noticed that most drummers have their drums at various inclines I suppose for the same reason. I did not have the Plank Organ completed when the video in the link below was created.Anyway, this arrangement became my 'Plank Organ' which I love playing now. For a video of the way they sound, visit the YouTube video link below. The video was made before I made the stand pictured. Please keep in mind that I am not a musician and my 'playing' is all ad lib and to no particular tune (I AM getting a little better!):YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msm8fDqZpnk



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Carved cherry fish

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Carved cherry fishThis was a scrap of cherry. While looking at it trying to decide how to carve it, there was no way I could figure to make it into a bird, so it ended up being a fish. I thought about an orca, but the tail goes the wrong way for a mammal, so that's right out.There was a big knot on the right hand (starboard?) side that fell out once I started carving around it. Between that and the crazy grain from that bit of branch, carving this was an exercise in patience.Finish was a coat of shellac to fill the pores, sanded back with 400 grit wet-dry, and re-shellacked, then two coats of BLO, with a few wipes of shellac in between to add a little sheen.In the end, I think it came out okay, and it feels great in the hand. Total length is about 3 inches or 9cm.



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a box

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a boxAll maple wood and the hinges had to be home made for too lazy to go spend money when I'm fresh out…I'm still learning to carve but still don't use knives just grinders and mostly Dremels.I didn't draw out anything on paper and just used my weird mind which goes blank sometime but I have enough projects started so when that happens I can swap off on to something else. The french curve set and the scroll saw seems to be in every thing I build anymore and the lid handle happened to be two pieces of wood off of another scroll saw project and the two pieces were laying next to each other and hey if I glue them together they will be about the right length and size for the top of the box so I saved lots of thinking and drawing to come up with a handle. The way I built this thing in locking together pieces I could put it all together stand back and decide if every thing fit in looks before I had to assemble it to study the sizes….so I bet I will use this approach on most of the things I hope to build someday… I first use clear gloss lacquer for a few coats then the last coat way satin. This way the colors are still good and clear



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20 Tried and True Clamping Tips

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Oxalic acid makes black marks disappear. Nasty stains can occur during glue-up if steel clamp beams are left in contact with wood dampened by glue squeeze-out or by scrubbing off the glue. Removing them requires sanding or scraping or brushing …Source

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