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Old 08-14-2013, 04:55 PM
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Getting over the hump building this kit. It is I guess what we call a short stack kit. The wood is re purposed from a bed built pre 1920's which I scored for $20 at a yard sale. Oddly enough it belonged to a symphony drummer from Peterborough where the bed was originally built.





Sizes: 10X7 12X7.25 14X7.5 15X12 and the kick 20X17
I did not have enough of the antique mahogany for a kick, so I bought some African Mahogany which should mate quite well.

Kick on the lathe


I am inlaying a band of Olive Ash Burl on the toms, for the kick I am putting the burl into the hoops only. My first attempt at this, learning curve at work. No burl in hoops here, just the cut out, last pic shows one hoop taking shape with the burl inlay.



The toms also are outfitted with maple re-rings which I steam bent and installed. The edges are roughed in so far, outer round over, inner 45. One coat of danish oil applied here, the finish will evolve from here.

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Old 08-14-2013, 04:57 PM
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wow that is some nice work so far!! any thoughts yet on lugs?
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:00 PM
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Kit will be getting these arch lugs



A little better close up of the 12

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Old 08-14-2013, 05:21 PM
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Nice subtle lug choice, now, a sheet of black wrap and those are done!! haha what kind of oil finish are you going to use? boiled linseed?
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I think just a light clear with a hand polish, similar to what I did on this snare.

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Old 08-14-2013, 05:50 PM
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That this is amazing looking. cant wait to see the completed project, good luck
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:29 PM
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sick concept ! cannot wait to see the final product. love you man.
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Plugging away at the kit. Have the bass drum hoops inlaid.



Kick, 20X17 1/2 done, steam bent the re-rings, need to cut the bearing edges, fine sand the inside and out.


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Old 08-25-2013, 06:47 AM
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Wow, you go man. Gorgeous stuff. Are you keeping them or selling them?
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:04 AM
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Stunning and beautiful.
I can't wait to see and hear the finished kit.
Great job.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:21 AM
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Amazing job, looking forward to seeing the updates to this thread!
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The inlay works really well on the hoops, & complements the bass drum beautifully :)
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The inlay works really well on the hoops, & complements the bass drum beautifully :)
My inlay skill is getting a little better with each drum, so I just went back, routed out the 14 and re did it. I too love the look of the hoops. I am getting anxious to play on this kit as well. I do have a drummer who has been hinting that he wants to buy this kit, he is the owner of the the burl snare posted above, he is a full time professional. That snare recently made it onto every track of his last album (he brought I think 8 or 9 others to the sessions) I am not sure I can come up with a price. I am afraid the time and materials that will be in the kit, I will want more than a Craviatto kit, and I know my inlay work is not up to Craviatto's level ---yet, so my conscience will force me to sell it for much less than what I feel it is worth, therefore I am leaning towards keeping it for my greedy self. But money talks, and I always need money.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:33 PM
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I am afraid the time and materials that will be in the kit, I will want more than a Craviatto kit, and I know my inlay work is not up to Craviatto's level ---yet, so my conscience will force me to sell it for much less than what I feel it is worth, therefore I am leaning towards keeping it for my greedy self. But money talks, and I always need money.
For sure - if you added up your time, you'd be much better off flipping burgers!!!! Most players have absolutely no idea how long such a build takes, especially compared to layering up standard ply shells. I'm guessing the ratio exceeds 10:1!!!

My advice is to let the kit do the talking. If it really speaks to you personally, aside from the deserved pride in building it, then keep it. If it's just a very nice kit, let it be another one on your journey that helps build the next one. I've lost count of the number of drums we've sold way below cost, but they do their job, then it's time to move on :(
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This is so badass, how you can just find some antique furniture and repurpose it to make insanely beautiful drums. I'm in awe.
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amazing work! the inlay must be quite difficult to learn.

am wondering, what is the thickness of these drum shells?
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amazing work! the inlay must be quite difficult to learn.

am wondering, what is the thickness of these drum shells?
The toms are about 5/16th thick, kick about 3/8-7/16 area. The re rings really allows the stave shell to go thin, which should let them resonate to the max. Had to finish up a couple furniture projects and clean the garage thoroughly so I can spray the finish. Cleaning the shop is a good 2 day job, which is now done, on with the build.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:50 PM
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I am on the home stretch now. I sprayed the kit with 6 or 7 coats of 2 part automotive urethane with a shot of flex agent to give the drum room to breathe with temperature changes. The bearing edges are 95% complete, roundover outer and a 45 inner. I masked the edges to keep them free of clear coat, they will get a final sand and a beeswax coat to finish them.



I drilled all the lug holes using a homemade jig for consistency



And I inserted the custom vents. All that remains now is to wait a week or two for the urethane to cure, then I can wet sand 600 to 2000 grit and polish to remove the orange peel and have hopefully a finish like a calm peaceful lake. Then go spend a couple hundred bucks on new heads, assemble and PLAY!!!

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WOW, keeps getting better and better. this is going to look nice all set up!
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WOW, what a beautiful kit you will have. If they sound even half as good as they look they will be wonderful.
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Beautiful work! You should very proud.
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Coming along very nicely indeed :) I like the drilling jig too.
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Coming along very nicely indeed :) I like the drilling jig too.
Sometimes the simplest thing gets the job done. Who needs an automated 4 drill robot.
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Goon that is one of the nicest kits I have ever seen. Bravo
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I knew there was a reason I pinned this tab so I see it every time the internet is open :).
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Discovered this thread just recently... What a stunning project you're having there!
Looks like great craftsmanship and a huge workload. Can't wait for the result and to learn whether you'll keep this shell set.
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Oh man... that is incredible. Something I could only dream of accomplishing. Way to go, dude!
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wow... those are beautiful..!
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Those shells are absolutely gorgeous!
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Incredible work. That kit is gonna blow the pants off anyone who walks in the room. Thanks for sharing your project with us.
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Holy Carp!!! Sorry I'm late to the party. That is absolutely stunningly gorgeous, you should be very proud of your work, I wish I had those skills & that patience. Looking forward to seeing and hearing the completed build.
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Big Thanks to everyone. My next post should be near the end of September and will be the complete kit with some video.
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Big Thanks to everyone. My next post should be near the end of September and will be the complete kit with some video.
Looking forward to it, especially as your playing will do them justice :)
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Big Thanks to everyone. My next post should be near the end of September and will be the complete kit with some video.
That's too long. I check this thread everyday looking for updates. Cant wait to see them completed.
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OK not quite there, but I did get one tom into the finished stage. It still needs to come apart one more time for a little lug adjustment and the tension rods are too long, so I was not able to tune it up yet. I wet sanded the shell with grits 600,800,1000,1500,2000 and 2500. Always seems weird taking sandpaper to a close to finished shell, but after the sanding and buffing with a couple stages of polish, the end result speaks for itself





Then a coat of Danish oil to the inside, and assemble using quality allen head fasteners



Loctite is used to help things stay tight
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d one drum assembled. Now repeat for the rest of the kit. Stay tuned video might be a few more days




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you sir, are a master woodworker! that drum is amazing looking. I don't even care how it sounds, that kit will be stunning~!
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Quite possible the nicest set of drums I have ever seen!

Do you make custom drums to order, or is this a one off type thing? I will be in the market for a nice high quality kit in the next 6 months or so. I would love to talk about sending my business your way.
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Jesus, I think I've died and gone to drum heaven. That is the prettiest thing I've ever seen.
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Woah. Thats looks really, really good.
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