Drum making #4: Poplar Drum UH OH!!!

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Blog entry by skeeter posted 04-07-2010 05:58 PM 4449 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a redneck revelation. ” hey I don’t own a lathe so I’ll use my drum sander to turn the inside of my shell.” WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It exloded. Sent pieces of the stave drum some 30 feet. Thank god I was standing on the infeed side like the warning on the front of the machine said. So here is the details of what I did. I took the top off the machine took the pressure rollers off and took one of the sanding drums off. I then got 2 shorter belts from NAPA and put them on from the drive pulley to the sanding drum pulley. Heres the stupid part. I put the shell on the inside of the sanding drum. I thought, stupidly, ” the infeed belt will rotate the shell while the sanding drum will shape the inside round.” I’m trying not to buy a 3000 dollar lathe. But I guess they make the right tool for the job, huh?

Major set back but I have enough long staves to make another. But found out the glue joints are strong and the shell had wood and not glue joint failure. So i am reassured that I don’t need any other joinery that the long grain edge joint.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 12:05 AM

Wow! Another “great idea” gone bad. I guess maybe that’s not the best way to do that?

Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 04-08-2010 02:45 AM

Ooh, sorry. This may be a silly question, but why does the inside have to be rounded? Once you put the drum head over the top and you put the drum between your legs or set it down, isn’t the outside the only part that shows? I say glue her back up and try to get your 1/32” back!

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 05:47 AM

Don’t you know about acoustic reflective coeffecient flux capactorations? J/K I just wanted it round. I am just going to make one more.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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