Damn, that's great work. Great minds think alike!Finally someone with sense when it comes to drum construction and the sound produced by the heads not the shell. I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of shell thickness and wood versus metal. One major, major point is.....Roto Toms. There is no shell and they can sound great. I found a set of CB 700s sitting by a dumpster waiting for the garbage man. I took them home, stripped the crappy wrap, stained the Luan plies, put good Remo Ambassadors all around and those drums sounded great.
My drumsmithing "career" started like this. Buying shit-kits from people for next to nothing & using woodworking skills to give them new life. Sometimes it was in the form of a cocktail kit, or short depth fusion kit. Other times it was like what you did here. Just make them look & sound good.
The possibilities are endless.