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The Parts
Drum Building Parts

Drumset drums: The parts.

Drumset drums are really rather simple devices. They consist of only a few parts see our glossary website Drumbits.com. These are the

Cutting Bearing Edges

Bearing edges:

Cutting bearing edges is not an impossibly complex operation but there is enough equipment and set-up required that some builders defer to letting suppliers cut the edges. However,...Read More >>

Finishing a Drum Shell

Finishing the Shell:

Once the bearing edges are cut you can either drill the shell for lugs or apply the finish to it. I prefer to finish the shell first since the lug holes tend to cause proble...Read More >>

Build - Attaching Hardware

Attaching hardware

Drilling for lugs.

Once the shell is finished, the final operation will be drilling the finished shell for hardware. You need to drill a hole for the drum vent...Read More >>

Build - Assemble and FinishBuild - Assemble and Finish

Assembling the drum.

Once the lug holes are all correctly drilled it's simply a matter of installing the lugs and assembling and tuning the drum. You know you are gonna love it!

Odds and end...
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DrumBuilding
The Build
Drum Build

Drum Building

Ben Jacoby

Many drummers with moderate woodworking/refinishing skills have seriously thought about drum building. It seems like it should be something a person could do themselves with a little effort and it IS something you can do yourself. I did!

There are a number of reasons for drum building. One is to "save" money. Actually you are exchanging work for money since you ar...Read More >>
Starting The Drum Build

Getting Started:

The first thing to do is to decide exactly what size and how many lugs each drum will have. You need to choose things like lug style and rim type. You need to either buy all this hardware or remove it from the set you re-building. You have to gather the hardware for each drum. What I do is get a large plastic freezer Zip-loc (tm) freezer bags and count out all the lugs, rod...Read More >>

Choosing a pre-made Drum Shell

Shells:

By far the most common unfinished shells out there are the Keller Maple Shells. A drum shell normally will simply be a maple plywood tube with no holes and the ends simply cut off square. They come in a variety of thicknesses and standard diameters that will match commercial drumheads.

Usually if you want a less deep drum, the suppliers will saw the shell shorter for free (or you...Read More >>

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