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Old 01-25-2008, 04:23 AM
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My shell has finally arrived and now comes the fun part. The pictures just don't do this thing justice. This is a work of art my friends. I'm going to get started on the finish just as soon as my supplies arrive. The hardware store didn't have any of the items I wanted to use to stain and finish, so I had to order....and now more waiting. Sigh...
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:38 AM
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Any specs at all? Wood, dimensions, thickness... you know the drill. What finish is this baby gonna sport? Nice wood grain.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:09 PM
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This is a 4-1/2" x 14" Birdseye maple shell. This thing is going to get a Honey Maple stain and a coat of boiled lindseed oil and then several coats of Blonde De-waxed Shellac probably 1 and 2 cuts. After all of that it gets a rub down and buffing with paste wax and steel wool. The hardware is going to be all black chrome. Die cast hoops, trick strainer, Drum foundry single point lugs. I'll keep you updated.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:47 PM
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That is going to look so nice. I'm still wishing I'd have tried to get in on that shell deal.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:11 AM
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This is a 4-1/2" x 14" Birdseye maple shell. This thing is going to get a Honey Maple stain and a coat of boiled lindseed oil and then several coats of Blonde De-waxed Shellac probably 1 and 2 cuts. After all of that it gets a rub down and buffing with paste wax and steel wool. The hardware is going to be all black chrome. Die cast hoops, trick strainer, Drum foundry single point lugs. I'll keep you updated.
This drum is going to look so nice after your done with it (the shell looks great now to). Thanks for keeping us updated.
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:58 AM
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This is a 4-1/2" x 14" Birdseye maple shell. This thing is going to get a Honey Maple stain and a coat of boiled lindseed oil and then several coats of Blonde De-waxed Shellac probably 1 and 2 cuts. After all of that it gets a rub down and buffing with paste wax and steel wool. The hardware is going to be all black chrome. Die cast hoops, trick strainer, Drum foundry single point lugs. I'll keep you updated.
You most definitely have the future of this build well-planned. Can't wait to see her finished.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:24 PM
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I can't wait to see the finished product!

good luck!
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:35 AM
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Very very nice! Sounds like you have the finishing all worked out.
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:12 PM
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That is a beautiful shell, and the way it sounds, will be beautiful drum. I can't wait to see the finished product. I would love to hear it too.
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Old 02-25-2008, 03:18 AM
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Well, here are some pics of the finished product. I say finished....I mean I have finished the finish. I'm going to order the hardware tommorrow. The plans for this drum were changed. I orignally dyed the shell before I applied the Lindseed oil to the interior. I then added one coat of Shellac to the inside and outside and after sitting around looking at it for about a day, I decided I liked the way the inside looked better than the outside. I then bit the bullet and got out the sandpaper and sanded the outside all the way down to bare wood again and started over. I sanded in about 4 coats of lindseed oil starting at 320 grit and ending up with 800 grit. I then applied about 6 or 7 coats of 1 cut blonde shellac sanding in between coats with 400 grit. I must add that I found out the hard way that shellac is a lot easier to smooth out if you apply using the french polishing technique. The final coat got sanded down with 800 grit sandpaper lubricated with Lindseed oil to keep the sandpaper from balling up. I let it sit for a few days and then rubbed in a couple of coats of Brimax clear paste wax with 0000 steel wool. Then I buffed the heck out of to a beautiful shine. I've fallen in love with this thing. I just hate having to drill holes in it now. :-)
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:32 PM
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The middle picture is sweet. That is going to look very nice when you are done. I'm guessing you have some woodworking background?
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:41 PM
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wow that shell is amazing! when you first said you would have black hardware, I was picturing a yellowish finish, but this is much more natural (I dont know why i thought that) but after seeing this finish, I think chrome hardware would look much better then the black. just my opinion.

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Old 02-25-2008, 11:56 PM
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think chrome hardware would look much better then the black.
I agree.............
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:02 AM
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That's a really professional-looking finish job on the shell. Good work!
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:56 AM
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Thanks, guys. I really didn't have a lot of background before I started, I just researched quite a bit and then took the plunge. I learned quite a bit and hope to learn more. This was a lot of fun and I want to keep doing it. Just another bad habit ;-)
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:59 PM
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So, when is the hardware going on??
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:56 AM
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Get free floating hardware(Definately Gold plated), don't even drill into the shell, ha. I'm sure you could invent some kind of crazy free floating snare strainer to. That would be awesome, and you wouldn't have to drill into your brand new shell. Either way the finish loofs unbelievable. Good work so far.
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:33 AM
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Still waiting on those pics....
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:06 PM
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Another Unix, beautiful!! What kind of lugs and hoops are you going to add to the shell?
Personally I really love brass finished hardware on those natural finishes...are you going to go for some tube lugs?

However...this looks very nice, have fun with it! :-)

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Old 04-04-2008, 02:13 PM
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Very nice job on the finish cant wait to see the hardware on it
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