Introduction: How to Make a Thunder Tube for About $7

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A Thunder Tube, or Thunder Drum is a really fun noise instrument. I've seen many versions of this but they all used a traditional drum head, which can be expensive.

I made this for $7

1. Start with a 12 inch section of ABS tube. The largest I could find at the local ACE was 4" in diameter ($3), but I think even wider would be better.

2. Next stretch about 10 pieces of clear packing tape across the top good and taught. Or add more for a brighter tone.

3. Poke a hole in the new head, and twist in the spring. The springs I had on hand were all steel extension springs about 2 feet long. I saw one at the ACE for $4.

I know what you're thinking..."WHY AREN'T THERE MORE STEPS?! THIS IS TOO EASY!"

Sorry, it really is that easy. Slap some packing tape on a plastic tube up and add a spring.

I also made one from bendable elbow and wood.

Experiment with different pipe material and size of springs. They're great fun for kids and super easy to make!

Have fun!!


tomatoskins (author)2015-03-30

I've never heard of these before. Sounds really cool!

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