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Maple Stave Drum with burst finish

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Project by mckenziedrums posted 01-12-2010 11:18 PM 3093 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t make the shell on this one… just did the finish work. Was playing around with some dyes I had and thought I’d try a warm burst type finish that looked a little “vintage.” The maple was scrap maple and wasn’t really bookmatched well so that helped with the effect I think. Since this was for my own personal use I didn’t much worry about the inside and didn’t mask it off. There are about 4 different colors of dye used to achieve the finish and it was topcoated with some Emtech 9300 from Target Coatings and buffed out.





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TexasTimbers

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 12:33 AM

First thing that came to my mind was an old round badge Gretsch snare that I had as a kid. Little did I know I should have held on to that thing like a bar of gold.

It looks great – how does it sound?

-- "Sure, listen to what the experts have to say, just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking."

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 01:30 AM

Love the sound of stave built snares… Something about the solid wood construction and vertical grain that just makes them sound fuller I think.

Incidentally… If you would have had the rest of that round badge kit THEN you can kick yourself. I think all the Gretsch endorsers back in the day had Slingerland make them a snare and stuck a Gretsch badge on it ;)

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 01:31 AM

Looks great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 04:37 AM

Ahhh, my old nemesis… The years have treated you well. Prepare for a beating! Oh, uh, umm, well, good work mckenziedrums. Good work. Yeah.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 06:22 AM

Nice looking snare.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 07:54 AM

very nice! don’t think that I’ve ever seen a stave snare drum before.

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mckenziedrums

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 01:24 PM

All of you with big lathes should try building one ;) There’s been quite a few more folks building stave drums lately. Segmented is becoming more popular as well.

That’s a Remo head… If you got your son a relatively inexpensive kit I’d recommend some Remo Pinstripes as they’re pretty thick and tend to make the more inexpensive kits sound relatively good. As for tuning… It took me a good 25 years before I really knew how to tune!

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 07:19 PM

I’ve had a stave drum on the chopping block since ‘05. My first attempt was a disaster. I cut the next set using Lou Cambruzzi’s stave calculator. The dry fit showed them to be perfect. A 14” (20 stave) shell. I haven’t glued them together yet; I sealed them in wax, wrapped them inside a brown bag and stashed them in a tool cabinet, but they come out every now and then . . . . .

I have a nasty habit of starting another project before finishing the current one, so I have numerous unfinished projects. Right after bagging the staves “for a rainy day” I started my Osage marimba project. I had a small mountain of research stacked on my desk before cutting the first key, but you have no idea how invloved building a marimba really is (or maybe you do!). I mean a concert quality marimba not an African marimba -which is no knock on that design, they produce wonderful tones. I better not get started on the marimba I have hijacked the thread enough as it is.

It’s just that every time I see a completed drum project posted somewhere I go grab my bag of staves and set them on my workbench. After a day or two they get in the way again of the stuff I have to make (business related) and I place them gingerly back in the cabinet next to my dusty hand tools.

But thanks for posting this, because last night I set the bag on my workbench, and maybe this will be the time I actually take the rubber band off the bag & remove the staves. But what will I do if I actually glue them together? My lathe is too small to turn it!

-- "Sure, listen to what the experts have to say, just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking."

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mckenziedrums

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 10:34 PM

Oh I can’t imagine the research that goes into the marimba… Not to mention the modifying you’ll have to do to get the proper tones while you’re building it. Got a spectrum analyzer handy? =)

I can solve your problem as far as what to do after glue up… Do a google search for “koko jig” There’s your solution. Nifty trick to lathe down a cylinder with a router.

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#10 posted 10-26-2011 02:53 AM

that is a beautiful snare.. I really want to build a stave snare.. You did a fantastic job on the finish.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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