Re: THE DRUM MODIFICATION THREAD.
...I have used a hardwood flooring paste wax as a finish over raw wood shells, and have been very pleased with the results.
It takes a lot of elbow grease, but it is well worth it.
A great place to find odds and ends for drum modification, and repair is at your local Home Depot, or some other large home improvement center. You can find wood plugs to fill in holes, screws, washers, tools, stain, wax, laquer, and even some exotic veneers.
...if you can't keep it civil, at least make it funny.