How to Build a Drum Box

by Geoff Hineman Google
Your drum box project starts with a trip to the lumber yard.

Your drum box project starts with a trip to the lumber yard. Images

You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on expensive instruments to make music. Indeed, some homemade instruments, such as cigar box guitars and drum boxes, are inexpensive to make and produce their own unique sounds. You can make a drum box, for instance, mainly with supplies from your local lumber yard/hardware store. While the time it takes to build instruments may vary depending on your skill level, a drum box can still be built in one day.

Items you will need

  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Compass
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • 4 Rubber stoppers
  • 6 Eye lags
  • 3 Guitar strings
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 1/8-inch birch plywood
Step 1

Cut 3/4-inch-thick plywood into three pieces that measure 20 inches by 14 inches. Use a compass to draw a circle onto one of the pieces to make a hole for the sound.

Step 2

Make a hole in the center of the traced circle with a drill bit. Start at this hole and cut the sound hole out with a jigsaw. Glue the three pieces of 20-inch-by-14-inch cut plywood together using the wood glue. This forms the sides and the back of the box drum.

Step 3

Cut two pieces of 3/4-inch-thick plywood that measure 14 inches by 14 inches. Glue four rubber stoppers onto one of the 14-by-14-inch pieces. Place one stopper on each of the corners. These stoppers will protect the drum and the floor from damage.

Step 4

Glue the two 14-inch-by-14-inch pieces onto the sides and back that were previously glued together.

Step 5

Cut two pieces of 1/2-inch-thick plywood into 12-inch-by-2-inch pieces. Glue these pieces onto the drum box to form the top and bottom.

Step 6

Screw the eye lags onto the 12-inch-by-2-inch pieces. The eye lags will hold the guitar strings in place, so place them where you wish to have your strings. Wrap the guitar strings securely around the eye lags.

Step 7

Affix a piece of 1/8-inch-thick birch plywood that has been cut to measure 20 inches by 14 inches over the sound hole opening. This is the area where the drum will be struck.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may use as many guitar strings as you desire, but a minimum of three should be used.
  • Finish the drum box using beet stain.

Photo Credits

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