A friend's home-made drums, from scratch - of interest to wood-working hobbyists

# Thread: A friend's home-made drums, from scratch - of interest to wood-working hobbyists

1. ## A friend's home-made drums, from scratch - of interest to wood-working hobbyists

Hey guys, thought I would share this here as it may be of interest, and I personally think it's pretty awesome.

I have a friend who's a little on hard times with being unable to work and on long-term disability due to some ongoing health issues. He's a long-time drummer and musician, and his previous employment was mostly in cabinet-making, general carpentry, etc.

He had often talked about how cool it would be to build his own drums from scratch, starting with nothing more than planks of wood and tools. So last christmas, I set him up to start up this project. After organizing a crowd-fund amongst his friends, I donated nearly \$600 to him for purchasing materials and tools to start the project.

There was several months of research involved before any physical steps forward were taken, as he needed to learn about stave-drum construction, re-learn geometry as he had to make a lot of very precise calculations.

All-in-all, he's been slowly working away at it for nearly a year now, and has made a lot of strides towards completing his drumset. I share it here today because he completed a snare drum for me as a thank you for starting the project, so there is a bit of "fruition" to be seen.

For the full thread on his drummer forum, including a ton more images and lots of discussion and information, click here:

Teaser images below.

Started with raw wood, maple and walnut:

Cut very precisely into staves. These are tricky as they need to be the perfect angle and size so that after routering and sanding, the drum is perfectly round and sized to fit with pre-existing drum hardware:

A raw drum shell, glued up and drying:

He built this jig from scratch, for routering the drum to be round:

Exteriors rounded and sanded:

Floor tom and two rack toms, exteriors routered and sanded:

Another jig he build, for routering the interiors of the drums to be round:

3 snare drums, rounded inside and out:

First pass on routering the 30-degree bearing edges, these have since been updated to be thinner/sharper and have added a round-over edge on the outside:

Drilled for hardware:

After this the drum was oiled with 2 coats of Tung Oil.

2. Today we mounted the hardware and I snapped some photos of the completed drum. The first drum he's ever built. Completely from scratch in his garage, with home-made jigs and minimal tools.

He's still got a long ways to go on the build of his full kit, but so far I think this is a pretty damn awesome result.

3. Yep, pretty damn awesome result.

Now that he has his jigs made up it will be alot less work to reproduce.

4. For sure. He doesn't really have aspirations to do it commercially as his health issues don't really allow him to work at a pace that would satisfy any waiting customers, but yea.....I'm sure he ends up doing some additional one-offs for people here and there. He's still got plenty of work to do on his own remaining pieces, though.

5. Those look amazing. Beautiful work.

6. that looks awesome! professional work for sure

7. That is pretty damn impressive. They looks real nice. How do they sound?

8. Well so far only this one snare is completed to the point of playability. I live in a condo so I haven't had the chance to tune it up properly or take it anywhere for a good playing test yet. My neighbours would be unimpressed if I started whacking it, I think! Soon, though.

9. Wow that's nice work, he's done a hell of a good job on that

10. WOW thats awesome! The jigs are the best part. He is definitely an artisan

11. Super cool, thanks for posting. Best wishes to your friend.

12. Holy fuck.

13. Good work by friend and a friend.

14. yikes!! excellent work!

15. W O W

That's awesome!

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