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Project by Dutchy posted 08-11-2013 03:19 PM 2209 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago my son asked me to make a stave snaredrum. The first I made was from wenge. I made it without a lathe. After making this one I was not satisfied about it, But also I liked to make them. After buying a lathe the second one was made out of hard maple with mansonia (It looks like walnut. Local names are: “bété, aprono, ofun, koul”. As far as I know there is no englisch word for this wood. If there is please let me know) ) . This second one has also wooden hoops. This wooden hoops are made out of 72 pieces. This second one has also WOODEN lugs! (On one of the pictures there is a close up from the lug) The third snare drum was made out of hard maple with black hardware.

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#1 posted 08-11-2013 04:25 PM

Very beautiful looking snare drums, the wife is a drummer and when I became interested in building a drum,
i was informed that the angles that the drum heads set on must be very precise, how did you make yours,
on a very large lathe, or did you use the outboard side of the head? Thank you for sharing, and since you
continue to make them, they must sound pretty good.

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

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 05:18 PM

Hello Bluepine 8,

The edges where made with a router bit with a bearing. The drums look good but i.m NOT satisfied about the sound. Next time I have to work on the edges. Now the snare has to much resonation.


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#3 posted 08-12-2013 05:08 AM

Did you use your .. drum sander?

dum dum dish.

-- Never is longer than forever.

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#4 posted 08-12-2013 02:03 PM

Nice drums! What kind/size lathe do you use?

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 08-12-2013 05:37 PM

Hello Robyn,

Yes I used my drumsander ;).

Hello drbyte,

Here you can see a picture of my lathe. My lathe is a own build one and can turn upto 15 inch of diameter.


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#6 posted 06-02-2014 09:52 AM

Beautiful work! I am very impressed with the wood hoops, I also hope to make some for my snares. Any tips or tricks to getting them right?

-- Dang! I cut it twice, and it's STILL too short!

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#7 posted 06-02-2014 11:22 AM

Hello Thekiltedcarpenter,

I willingly to help you with some tips. When I have a little more time I will contact you on your own email adres. And I hope you can gif me some tips for the snare :)


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