Custom veneer

uniongoon

Gold Member
Hi all, brand new to this board. I just did a crazy re finish on my Premier Signia's, hope to show it off here.
I bought this kit off fleabay, and had some down time with the band so, originally I was just going to fill the holes where the bigass mount sits on the kick drum.
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What happened next was a scary journey into the unknown.
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Found a bargain on some birdseye maple wood veneer
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I surfed the net looking for some pioneers who maybe did this before me, found none so I went ahead, no fear, well, lots of fear actual, no brains??? maybe
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Instead of carpenters practice of using contact cement, I chose ultimate wood glue by titebond. There is no fixing contact cement.
and wrapping it with custom made hardwood blocks and ratchet straps, they came together
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Lex

Senior Member
That is certainly a nice wrap you've got there. Nice setup as well.
 

jim_gregory

Senior Member
Looks fantastic! I have been pondering doing the same thing to one of my kits. I wonder how you managed the seams? I was thinking to overlap then straight cut with razor knife. What did you do?
 
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mediocrefunkybeat

Guest
And now you've got me thinking about doing this to my small kit. That looks really fantastic.
 

Fuzrock

Silver Member
I don't think I could do that to a set of Signias. That being said, I think you did a great job. It would look a lot cooler if you wrapped the bass drum hoops as well. That's just my opinion, though.
 

uniongoon

Gold Member
I like the contrast between the bass drum hoops, reminds me of an old marine pearl kit.
The seams are tough. I got better as I went. I ended up doing the wrap in two stages, I did one edge and all the way around, then left off the final seam about 3 inches. After main was dry, then i razor cut it and glued it.
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Getting a perfect seam is still above my skill level, but I got them not bad, and they get strategically placed so you dont see them anyhow.
 

uniongoon

Gold Member
Thanks deathmetal guy, thats what i like, inquisitive minds. One of the reasons I got started, my favourite wood place, Century Mill, a specialty wood workers supply place, was clearing out some old stock. The birdseye had some discolouration and a few water stains, I knew it was nothing that would not sand out, so I bargained from $4 a square ft down to $20 for two 4X8 sheets.

I have tons of tools, for this I had to buy all those red squeeze clamps at $1.99 each, I think I ended up with 48 of them. The high end glue will run you about $16-$20. Don't cheap out with Elmers or something.
I worked steady evenings after work for about 8-10 days. I used 2 1/2 quarts of 2 part Dupont Urethane automotive clear coat. (another $90).
The hardwood I used to clamp with I cut on the table saw so each drum had its own radius cut into the boards, best seen in that picture showing the seam assembly.
I also have a 5 hp compressor, regulator, filters, respirator and mid level quality spray gun.
Eventually I will get picky, dissassemble it all, and block wet sand with 1000, grit, 1500, 2000, and 2500 grit, then some final cut polishing compound and a final buff with some Meguiars Gold wax. I have had many years of messing with drum re-finishing, although this was a big step up the ladder from anything I have tried before.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
That looks good but would you not be better drilling outside in? Any flaw would be hidden.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I own a set of Signia's in the same color you started with.

So I'm both impressed with your work and appalled that you modified such a great finish! :p
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
Thanks deathmetal guy, thats what i like, inquisitive minds. One of the reasons I got started, my favourite wood place, Century Mill, a specialty wood workers supply place, was clearing out some old stock. The birdseye had some discolouration and a few water stains, I knew it was nothing that would not sand out, so I bargained from $4 a square ft down to $20 for two 4X8 sheets.

I have tons of tools, for this I had to buy all those red squeeze clamps at $1.99 each, I think I ended up with 48 of them. The high end glue will run you about $16-$20. Don't cheap out with Elmers or something.
I worked steady evenings after work for about 8-10 days. I used 2 1/2 quarts of 2 part Dupont Urethane automotive clear coat. (another $90).
The hardwood I used to clamp with I cut on the table saw so each drum had its own radius cut into the boards, best seen in that picture showing the seam assembly.
I also have a 5 hp compressor, regulator, filters, respirator and mid level quality spray gun.
Eventually I will get picky, dissassemble it all, and block wet sand with 1000, grit, 1500, 2000, and 2500 grit, then some final cut polishing compound and a final buff with some Meguiars Gold wax. I have had many years of messing with drum re-finishing, although this was a big step up the ladder from anything I have tried before.

So, a couple of weeks work and around $300 you got a brand new set with a mindblowing custom finish? That's just as sweet as the finish! I refinished my cocktail drum and I like making and modifying my own hardware so I know these projects are lots of fun to do.

I have always had a soft spot for Premier kits - any drum building company still in business in England has a lot of heart.
 
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