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Try This: Dinner Gong

A call to gather



Perfect pitch: Melodic alternatives to the pan lid include a spent, 7-inch tile saw blade or a 6-inch bundt pan, which also has a convenient center hole.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Recycle wood scraps, chopsticks, a wooden spoon, and an old pan lid to make a gong that can be used instead of a nerve-fraying yell to call the family to meals.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Use chopsticks for the “pins” that fasten the pieces of the stand together. Cut the sharp tips off the chopsticks and use 21/4 inches of the tapered section for the joint at the base. Cut the top section 23/4 inches long and round the tips with sandpaper.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
The gong stand’s “legs” are 1/2- by 3-inch salvaged boards cut 12 inches long. Using a jigsaw, cut a 11/2-inch-square hole centered about 11/2 inches from the end.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
For the crosspiece, cut a salvaged 2-by-2 board 18 inches long with a 45-degree angle at each end. Then drill a 3/8-inch hole 5 inches from each end. Slide the legs onto the crosspiece through the square holes and stand it up.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
The base is a salvaged board, wider than the legs, cut 21 inches long. Set the stand on the base and mark the outside of the legs for a 3/16-inch hole. Tap in the bottom pin, which will keep the stand’s legs from spreading outward.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
The top pin will enter the drilled hole in the crosspiece from the outside of the leg and exit through the inside, pinning the structure together. You may need to enlarge the underside of the hole for the pin to get through; a hammer tap might help.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
A rat-tail file makes a notch where the wooden spoon striker sits atop the gong. The pan lid or tile blade can be suspended on a leather or nylon lace.
Photo By Susan Wasinger











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