Walnut Snare drum 14" x 7"

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Project by watsondrumco posted 06-14-2013 08:18 AM 2451 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a share drum that i made out of scrap walnut from a local hardwood supplier. It is stave construction with 45 degree bearing edges top and bottom. The hardware is a bit mismatched as it is off of an old Pearl snare that i had, i wanted to make sure that i was going to be able to pull this off before i went and spent money on hardware. The finish is just a clear coat i liked the look of the wood so much that i could bear to muck it up to much with stain. This is actually my second drum, i will post the pictures of the first as those pictures show the turning and guide jig that i had to dream up before i could get to this point. anyway these drums sound great i have been playing for 25+ years and these sound better than anything that i have heard in a music store, working on a whole kit made from Maple so stay tuned. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-14-2013 12:10 PM

Too cool! Can’t wait to see the entire set of Maple. One of these days, I’ll have a big enough house for my three boys and all thier stuff, AND my set, set up and out of storage. I miss it!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 12:56 PM

Know nothing about snare drums, but that looks like an awesome one to me. You can’t go wrong with walnut. Never heard of walnut “scrap” before though. Come to think of it, anyone who calls any of the wood I’ve accumulated down to the slivers, scrap, are quickly escorted from my property for not properly appreciating my treasure.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 02:36 PM

too many coffee this morning….Do you have two thumbs in the fourth picture??

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 02:42 PM

Thanks guys.

Scott – You are the second person that has gotten me on that. To be correct it was the “shorts” pile that the walnut came from.

Shanem – i was sitting on the floor taking that picture and that is my toe. looking at it now i should have edited the photo better.

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 03:13 PM

I like it! Brings back my memories of playing drums in the band. Thanks for sharing!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 06-14-2013 03:22 PM

real nice!!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 05:56 PM

My wife is a drummer, plays jazz, country, western swing, and would like to hear the sound on this if
possible. Not to sure about that though it looks good and if it sounds good, I may have a must do project
added to my list. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 01:26 AM

Awesome! How many staves did you use, (I count 31) and at what angle did you set your table saw blade?
By my calculations, with 31 staves, 84.1935 degrees.

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 07:04 PM

This is a 30 stave drum. The edge of each stave is mitered at 6°. That makes each joint a 12° angle. Thanks for look.

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 06:29 AM

Thank you! I’m on a mobile device, small screen, hard to count. You’re right on, 30 staves would require a blade angle of 84. Drums are my first hobby, cycling 2nd, and now, I’m taking up woodworking.

I really like this snare, and would eventually like to make one of my own shells. I’ve made a few from Keller shells, but that’s not the quality I’m after.

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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#11 posted 11-01-2016 10:09 PM

How did you end up smoothing out the joints on the staves? Did you throw it on a lathe or something?

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