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    Default New custom snare build

    Thanks for checking out this thread! Over the next few months, I'll be documenting the build for my first custom snare drum. The owner of Lake Erie Woodworks, Armando Reyes, is a talented woodworker who's done lots of cool projects around our city, including custom cabinetry, furniture, and even bar tops. He's also a drummer, and he's been turning out some fantastic stave shells under the Lake Erie Drumworks banner. He got his hands on some nice looking birdseye maple for me, and here we are.
    This will be a 6"x13" (my preferred size) stave shell, with 45į inner and rounded outer bearing edges.
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    The finish will resemble DW's "Natural to Candy Black Burst" with a gloss lacquer
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    And I'm going with black hardware, which I think will look very sharp.
    Hardware will be as follows: Independent Drum Labs strainer, S-Hoops, Agile ball end tube lugs.
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    I'll update this thread as he makes progress, but the drum should be complete by this summer!
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    I am looking forward to seeing your snare drum take shape! Gonna look great with the black hardware no doubt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PercWorld View Post
    And I'm going with black hardware, which I think will look very sharp.
    Hardware will be as follows: Independent Drum Labs strainer, S-Hoops, Agile ball end tube lugs.
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    I'll update this thread as he makes progress, but the drum should be complete by this summer!
    Nice-looking so far. After working with a maker of many stave shells, we learned that adding a little color to the wood, even if just a little honey or light brown, will help hide the stave seams better than merely applying finish over the raw wood. I bet this drum will look really nice when it's done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PercWorld View Post
    And I'm going with black hardware, which I think will look very sharp.
    Hardware will be as follows: Independent Drum Labs strainer, S-Hoops, Agile ball end tube lugs.
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    I'll update this thread as he makes progress, but the drum should be complete by this summer!
    I couldnít open your attachments, but Iím sure it will look sharp. D4L hooked me up with the guy who made stave shells for him in the past. He truly is a master. I chose Zebrawood and requested that the segments be matched so that little or no seam shows. I know many would argue that itís cool for the individual segments to stand out. Hereís a pic showing how he matched the grain and the other is the final shell with just a hand rubbed finish. Looking forward to seeing your finished drum. Cool project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Nice-looking so far. After working with a maker of many stave shells, we learned that adding a little color to the wood, even if just a little honey or light brown, will help hide the stave seams better than merely applying finish over the raw wood. I bet this drum will look really nice when it's done!
    That's a good tip. I'll make sure to mention that, but with his experience, I'd bet that he's already on top of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by quicksticks View Post
    I couldn’t open your attachments, but I’m sure it will look sharp. D4L hooked me up with the guy who made stave shells for him in the past. He truly is a master. I chose Zebrawood and requested that the segments be matched so that little or no seam shows. I know many would argue that it’s cool for the individual segments to stand out. Here’s a pic showing how he matched the grain and the other is the final shell with just a hand rubbed finish. Looking forward to seeing your finished drum. Cool project.
    I updated the attachments in post #2; not sure why that didn't work the first time.
    Anyway, that zebrawood looks incredible, and I love the inlay! I'm with you in the "matching grain" crowd, and the guy building my drum got it as close as possible. There are slight inconsistencies, but the placement of the strainer and butt should make them less noticeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PercWorld View Post
    Anyway, that zebrawood looks incredible, and I love the inlay! I'm with you in the "matching grain" crowd, and the guy building my drum got it as close as possible. There are slight inconsistencies, but the placement of the strainer and butt should make them less noticeable.
    Maple is not that easy to hide the stave joints. I have ash, cherry, walnut, and zebrawood... and they all have beautiful grain, with inconspicuous joints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PercWorld View Post
    And I'm going with black hardware, which I think will look very sharp.
    Hardware will be as follows: Independent Drum Labs strainer, S-Hoops, Agile ball end tube lugs.

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    I'll update this thread as he makes progress, but the drum should be complete by this summer!
    I have another suggestion regarding the hardware. I would avoid that iNDE butt plate. The throw off is fine, but the butt has such an unusual hole pattern (for a butt plate) that you'd never be able to use another kind. I would get the iNDE UNIVERSAL BUTT PLATE... and drill it for a back up, in case you ever change your mind. You can use 2 holes spaced 1.1" - 2.8" apart! For example, you could drill it for a DW 3-position butt plate, Sonor Dual Glide, or Tama adjustable butt plate, and the iNDE Universal will fit that AND you'd still have the option of using the other kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    I have another suggestion regarding the hardware. I would avoid that iNDE butt plate. The throw off is fine, but the butt has such an unusual hole pattern (for a butt plate) that you'd never be able to use another kind. I would get the iNDE UNIVERSAL BUTT PLATE... and drill it for a back up, in case you ever change your mind. You can use 2 holes spaced 1.1" - 2.8" apart! For example, you could drill it for a DW 3-position butt plate, Sonor Dual Glide, or Tama adjustable butt plate, and the iNDE Universal will fit that AND you'd still have the option of using the other kind.
    That's definitely a point worth considering, and I did go back and forth on the two different butt plates they offer. One factor was the 13" shell size. The INDe adjustable butt plate is quite wide (obviously made for a 14" drum) and I didn't want any possibility of a gap where each end meets the shell due to the curvature- I hope that makes sense. Ultimately I went with the small vertical one because I just like the look and really don't see myself changing it out for another brand in the future. Once the drum is built, I'm going to leave it alone.
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    3 words, segmented wood hoops. Expensive but you will not regret the purchase. They really fatten up the sound while simultaneously tamping some annoying overtones. Highly recommended for a snare like that. That shell is gorgeous, congrats.

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    Looking forward to your build, the grain in that shell is going to pop! Going with black hardware is a great choice but, S-Hoops are powder coated which could pose a problem with chipping. I personally love S-Hoops, I find them to be the sweet spot between die cast and triple flange hoops.
    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumr386 View Post
    Looking forward to your build, the grain in that shell is going to pop! Going with black hardware is a great choice
    Good luck!
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