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Old 02-18-2015, 02:14 AM
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Hello to all. New member here and thought I'd post some picture of my newest kit. Long story short, I've always been the type to build my own things whenever I get the chance, so I built my own drum set from scratch.

In High School I had a cheap second hand old worn out Atom drum kit (fiber composite shells, yuck) that had warped shells and was just a piece. I began looking into buying a new kit but I wanted a decent one and couldn't justify purchasing a $2k+ kit at the time due to needing a car and other things. I worked at a lumber store at the time and the store was going out of business so all the lumber, hardwoods included, was on sale. I thought it'd be cool to build my own kit if I could, so I researched the stave method of building drums and decided I'd give it a try. I was watching the price of the hardwoods go down every week as we were selling out but I just bought my car and didn't have the $400 to spend on wood. After we closed the doors for good I came to work my last day to help clean up and they told me they had a surprise for me. They knew I was looking into build a kit and decided to save 30ft of 1X8" Mahogany to give to me as a thanks for working for them and staying till the end. I was super excited! I went home and figured what size of drums I could get out of the material and decided I'd begin the project my winter break from school.

It was my Junior year of high school. Winter break rolled around and I began constructing my first day off. I originally planned on spending a few months on the project but ended up getting it done in a week and a half lol. Looking back I wish I would have spent more time on it just to make it look nicer, but that's something I can go back and do when I feel the urge someday. I reused all the hardware I could off my old kit and threw away the warped shells. Due to the limited amount of wood given to me the shell sizes came out a oddly proportioned but they sound great anyways, so I have no complaints.

Shell sizes and materials are as follows:

Mahogany:
Bass drum - 18"x14"
Floor tom - 14"x8"
mounted tom - 10"x7"

White Oak:
Snare drum - "13x5.5"

Birdseye Cherry:
Popcorn snare drum - 10"x5.5"

Plan to build a "16x14" floor tom and a "12x7" tom to "finish" the kit eventually. So here are some pictures of my kit how it sits today.





Oak snare


Popcorn snare


14"x6.5" Mahogany and Maple alternating stave snare drum in progress


I can post a few pictures of the build process if anyone is interested in seeing them. Unfortunately I didn't get very good pictures of the build but I did get some that show the gist of it.

Let me know if any of you have any questions about it or the process. I'm not expert on building drums but I can try to answer your questions to the best of my abilities!
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:31 AM
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Wonderful stuff. Welcome to the forum.

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Old 02-18-2015, 05:25 AM
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That's pretty darn impressive.
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:47 AM
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That's incredible of you and very industrious. Pretty kit for sure and bet it sounds just as pretty. Well done buddy.
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Congratulations on finishing your own kit. A week and a half is incredible. Did you have access or do you own a lathe?
I noticed the backwards splay on the snare, and it looks like that can be easily fixed by turning the shell a little smaller. Looks like you have the extra thickness to play with. Something maybe when you have a little time and want to improve them a bit more.
Nice job on the kit, play them proud.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:19 PM
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Congratulations on finishing your own kit. A week and a half is incredible. Did you have access or do you own a lathe?
I noticed the backwards splay on the snare, and it looks like that can be easily fixed by turning the shell a little smaller. Looks like you have the extra thickness to play with. Something maybe when you have a little time and want to improve them a bit more.
Nice job on the kit, play them proud.
Agree with all of this. Stellar job!!!!
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:48 PM
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Wow, not bad at all, looks pretty darn nice. I'd like to hear that white oak snare. The most I do in my garage is work on motorcycles, throw wrenches across the garage, and spew out horribly abrasive language.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:06 PM
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That's pretty darn impressive.
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That's incredible of you and very industrious. Pretty kit for sure and bet it sounds just as pretty. Well done buddy.
Thank you! I'll try to get a decent recording of them sometime in the near future and post it here.

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Congratulations on finishing your own kit. A week and a half is incredible. Did you have access or do you own a lathe?
I noticed the backwards splay on the snare, and it looks like that can be easily fixed by turning the shell a little smaller. Looks like you have the extra thickness to play with. Something maybe when you have a little time and want to improve them a bit more.
Nice job on the kit, play them proud.
Thanks dude! I actually did not use a lathe. I don't have access to one so my dad and I made a turn table and mounted it to our drill press and used that. The bit only had enough travel to cut about an inch deep down the sides of the shells, so the rest of the shell still has all the flat sides. I think it looks cool though. Almost looks like I just used old whiskey barrels. I could turn the smaller but there is no binding in the lugs or hoops or anything like that so I'll probably end up leaving them like that. I think it makes them more original.

Here's some pics of the the process. I'll just post a few.









As you can see by the pictures nothing was really done how I would have preferred. I used the tools I had on hand. I filed the bearing edges by hand as well. That took awhile!

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Agree with all of this. Stellar job!!!!
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Wow, not bad at all, looks pretty darn nice. I'd like to hear that white oak snare. The most I do in my garage is work on motorcycles, throw wrenches across the garage, and spew out horribly abrasive language.
I'll post a video of the snare next time I go home in a few weeks. I honestly don't even like the sound of it at all. I think it's mostly because it's a 13" snare. I've never liked the sound of 13'' snare drums, except for the Pork Pie 13x7 brass patina. That is a wonderful sound 13" drum. I'm actually a huge car guy and spend many hours in the garage wrenching, so it was different to do some wood working in there haha. I throw wrenches too lol. Dad an I rebuilt his Tbirds 429 over winter break. It was fun.
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Old 03-02-2015, 02:34 PM
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Let's see the T-bird! My favourite year is '62-64. Always wanted to do a pro-touring street racer using one as the base. The idea of some Vette sized rubber tucked neatly under the wheel wells gets me excited.
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:28 PM
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Let's see the T-bird! My favourite year is '62-64. Always wanted to do a pro-touring street racer using one as the base. The idea of some Vette sized rubber tucked neatly under the wheel wells gets me excited.
That would be fun! My dad's is a '71. It's a 3 owner, us being the third, that was originally owned by a Ford Executive for a few years. Then the guy my dad bought it from had it since about a year ago. It sat in a garage untouched for 30 years do to the previous owner having major health issues. We bought it with 47,000 miles, it now has 50k miles. Interior is mint, vinyl seats are still plush as well as the vinyl roof. Click on the picture, it's a video
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:17 AM
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Wow this looks great! You should post a video, I'm sure we're all curious to know how it sounds (:
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:31 AM
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Wow, I wish I could do something like that. Wouldn't know where to begin. Great job.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:18 AM
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Hey, I've been super busy recently and haven't had a chance to post in a while. I went home last weekend and was able to take a short video, but I'm having some trouble editing it. It's too long to upload how it is currently. I'll try to get it posted asap
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:24 PM
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Well done.

I'm not familiar with the lugs on the pictured snare. "MADAM"?
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