HowTo: 3D printing – Build a foot tambourine yourself

Actually not one of the typical articles for, but recently I was looking for a tambourine that I could operate myself while playing the guitar.

Long story short: Everything I found was either too expensive or not suitable.

Therefore: do it yourself. 🙂

Instructions on how to build your own foot tambourine can be found in the following article.

Safety instructions

I know the following hints are always a bit annoying and seem unnecessary. But unfortunately, many people who knew it "better" from carelessness lost their eyes, fingers or other things or hurt themselves. In comparison, a loss of data is almost not worth mentioning, but even these can be really annoying. Therefore, please take five minutes to read the safety instructions. Even the coolest project is worth no injury or other annoyance.

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Required material:

Required tools:

Collect the parts you need

In the following picture you can see the parts needed to build your own foot tambourine.

Print the required parts

Download of all required STL files here:

Attach the retaining strap

You can use the strap to attach the foot tambourine to your foot. Therefore, you should choose the length to suit your foot beforehand. 🙂

To fix the mounting tape in the mount you can insert it into the slot of the mount and fix it in the slot with some hot glue.

The strap is then finally clamped by placing it around the bracket again and then screwing it to the housing as shown. The retaining strap is also mounted in the process.

Another view of the mounted retaining strap.

Another view of the mounted retaining strap.

You then just repeat this for the other side and the tape is already attached.

Another view of the mounted retaining strap.

Prepare crown caps

As a “sound body” I used old crown caps from a beverage bottle for my construction. Of course, these don’t sound as great as specially made sound bodies. But I am quite happy with it. 🙂

You need eight grain corks, in which you then …

… drill holes in the middle with a 3mm drill.

Attach the crown cap

Now you can mount the prepared crown caps in the 3D printed carrier using the M3x50 screws.

To do this, insert the screw – as shown – through the carrier and the crown cap and screw it on the opposite side.

Another view.

Another view.

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

P.S. Many of these projects - especially the hardware projects - cost a lot of time and money. Of course I do this because I enjoy it, but if you appreciate it that I share these information with you, I would be happy about a small donation to the coffee box. 🙂

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