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Old 05-31-2008, 02:31 PM
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I took my steambent 7 x 14 snare with the natural finish and gave it a new look.
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:39 PM
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what did you use for the finish? I'm building a set now and I'm kinda stuck on a finish. I really like that.
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:47 PM
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That is Red Sienna stain by Minwax. I put two coats of light stain on. Sanded most of it off, kind of a distressed look, then put two more coats on. Just an experiment. Not recommended if you haven't worked with wood before. Then I used a Poly clear on it. Four coats, with a easy rubbing with a green Scotch pad in between. The final coat is drying as we speak. Then tomorrow the hardware goes back on. This time of year, its humid here, and hot, 92 F yesterday, so I let the clear almost dry to rid itself of odors then bring it inside the house over night where the humidity is lower to dry or cure to a harder finish. The wood is maple and will make a difference when staining.
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:56 PM
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Thanks,

This is not my first build. I'm using Keller maple shells. I just really like that look. I have been looking at stains and can't find anyhting that I really want. I'm leaning for a darker distressed look with a high gloss finish. Nice work!

A lot of drumsmiths will not give you tips on finishing when it comes to dirstressed finishes. It must be a big secret. LOL
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:59 PM
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I don't have a lot of tips, but what I do have I'm glad to share. Ruining a 150.00 shell is not my idea of fun. I used a palm sander, which some building guru's would frown upon because of the curve of the drum, but it was needed to get the look I wanted. I just didn't lean on it if you know what I mean.
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:05 PM
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Looks sweet, GD.

I guess one of the benefits to finihsing a steambent as opposed to a ply drum is that if there is a problem or it doesn't look just right you can always sand it out. Where as on a ply, you might go through the first layer of veneer and into glue.
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:16 PM
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Thank PS. I guess when you have 7 plies that are a combined 6mm thick that would be a problem for sure. I was surprised to see how much of the stain I got off of it. It didnt stain as deep s I thought.. That may have to do with the maple being a hard wood. I did tell you its a 13 inch snare now though didn't I. ha ha
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:19 PM
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Thanks for the tips.

Ya a $535.00 snare shell for a test peice would not be good at all. I have a shell from my last build that I have been using to test on. It was only $35.

I saw a Odery set that I fell in love with and I'm really trying to get that finish!
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:29 PM
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Keep us posted if you will. Thanks.

This what it looked like when I started. I have a Taye Studio Maple the same finish
so thought I would change it.
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looks very nice, sound files?
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Gotta get her back together first.

Edit: The finished product.

I took the head back off and straightened up the snare throw that shows crooked in the left hand picture.
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Old 06-01-2008, 04:39 PM
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Sweeeeet. Lookin' very classy.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:14 PM
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:26 PM
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Looks great, GD. Very classy-looking drum.

You should post some pics with it included in a kit.
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GD,
The snare looks way better now. Mighty fine job there!
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Thanks PS....I was trying to keep up with yours.
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oo, i like that. I did a similar stain toa drumset that i re-finished. good job!!
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that looks great. i was actually looking at maple keller shells on ebay and thought it would be a great cheap way to get a good snare together. do keller shells sound good? the one i was looking at had bearing edges but no drilling or anything. is it expensive to have someone drill the holes for you? i will probably buy hardware of ebay. i want to buy some nice wood hoops and a 7x14 shell...
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Somehow I missed this thread over the last little while. Now that I'm here, the outcome looks great, gives it much more class.

I'm going to refinish a drum almost the exact same way by the end of the month, doubt it will come out that swell though.
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that looks great. i was actually looking at maple keller shells on ebay and thought it would be a great cheap way to get a good snare together. do keller shells sound good? the one i was looking at had bearing edges but no drilling or anything. is it expensive to have someone drill the holes for you? i will probably buy hardware of ebay. i want to buy some nice wood hoops and a 7x14 shell...
If you buy your shell and all of the hardware at the same time from www.amdrumparts.com they will drill all holes and do the bearing edges for you.
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Somehow I missed this thread over the last little while. Now that I'm here, the outcome looks great, gives it much more class.

I'm going to refinish a drum almost the exact same way by the end of the month, doubt it will come out that swell though.
Take your time. And be patient. The paint or stain will dry in due time, and use thin coats, then buff with a green scotch pad gently between coats and you will be fine.
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