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Children can make as well as pound these tom-toms.

Children can make as well as pound these tom-toms A percussive summer medley can inspire a junior drum corps. The drums pictured above are easy for young musicians to make and, though basically just cardboard and paper, surprisingly sturdy.

You'll need scissors, a 2-inch-wide paint-brush, and pliers. Also, for each drum:

* 2 matching embroidery hoops (sold at sewing and fabric stores; $1 to $4)

* Railroad board (art stores; about 80 cents per 22- by 28-inch sheet)

* White glue (at least 8 ounces)

* Masking or brown paper tape

* 3 dozen clothespins

* Heavy brown wrapping paper (a 37-square-foot roll, about $1, is enough for two small drums)

* Permanent felt markers or acrylic paint

For the drumsticks, you'll need two 7- to 10-inch-long 1/4-inch dowels and either two round wooden drawer pulls and a drill with 1/4-inch bit or two rubber balls.

Making the drum wall. Choose the embroidery hoops first. Measure the outer circumference of one inner ring; add an inch for overlap. Next, decide on the drum height; cut a strip of railroad board to this width. If circumference plus 1 inch is longer than the strip of board, glue a second piece of board to the first, overlapping the seam 1 inch; seal with masking tape on both sides of seam.

On one side of the board, brush a strip of white glue at top and bottom edges. Wrap board around inner rings, holding in place with clothespins. Glue down the overlap to close the drum wall. Tape or weight the seam to maintain pressure while the glue dries.

To cover the drum wall, cut brown paper into a rectangle slightly larger than the dimensions of the wall. Dilute the glue (3 parts glue to 1 part water), apply to one side of paper, and smooth paper over drum wall. Trim excess.

Making the drumheads. The heads are actually double layers of paper. Trace four circles on brown paper around the outer ring of the embroidery hoop. On two circles, add a 2-inch rim; on the other two, a 3-inch-wide freeform border. Cut out.

Paint the glue-and-water mixture on the back of one plain circle. Center it over one end of the drum and pull taut. Place loosened outer ring over the paper and tighten. Trim or tear excess paper; let dry. Remove outer ring. Brush glue-and-water mixture on the back of one freeform circle. Center it on drumhead, pull the paper taut, and press the freeform scallops against the drum wall. Replace outer ring; tighten (using pliers, if necessary).

Repeat procedure for other end of drum. Then paint the glue mixture over all surfaces; let dry and add a second coat. Decorate with markers or paint.

Making the drumsticks. Ball-type wooden drawer pulls make a crisp, hard sound: use a drill with 1/4-inch bit to enlarge the holes, then glue dowels into place. Rubber balls produce a deeper, resonant tone: poke a small hole in each ball and insert dowels until they feel secure.

These drums were inspired by some that Mike Gillick of San Jose designed for his fathers-and-sons group.
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