The Garage Drum Builder

The Online Video Show dedicated to DIY Drum Building.

2009 Snare Drum Olympics

Posted By on May 12, 2009

If you’re a drum builder, you have a great opportunity to showcase your wares.


The 2009 Snare Drum Olympics will be hosted by Not So Modern Drummer at The Southern Drum Show in Nashville, Tennessee. Anyone can enter, whether you have a two month backlog of customer orders, or if you’ve only just built your first drum.

There is $50 entrance fee to cover the cost of the show, but it is a small price to pay to get your drum in front of a lot of eyes. All of the drums will be placed on display for the public judging. The drums will also be featured in an article in Not So Modern Drummer Magazine and featured on their website.

The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10.

Check out all the information about the show and get a sign up sheet here.

Episode 6 – Drilling For Hardware

Posted By on April 6, 2009

This week’s episode is about drilling holes for your drums hardware. All that time put into accurately laying out your drum is worthless if you can’t drill a hole exactly where the layout lines intersect. I’ll show you how to use a brad point drill bit to create very precise pilots holes. Then we’ll use a uni-bit to widen the pilot holes to the appropriate size for our hardware.

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Episode 5 – Marking The Shell

Posted By on March 15, 2009

This week’s episode is all about shell layout. Precise layout is key to keeping all the hardware on your drum straight and even. I’ll show you where to apply masking tape to the drum to keep from getting any marks on the finished shell. Then I’ll demonstrate how to use a combination square and a fine point marker to ensure that all your hardware is square and equidistant from the edges of the shell.

I reference all of the lines from my layout table. If you haven’t seen it go back and check out episode three to learn how to make your own.

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Episode 4 – Edge Preparation

Posted By on March 7, 2009

This weeks episode is a short one detailing the preparation of a drums edges. This is the first step in the construction process because we need a nice square edge to reference from when marking out our lug locations.

Also a flat and true edge is paramount for cutting proper bearing edges. If the edges are uneven you will never be able to properly tune a drum head.


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Episode 3 – Truing/Marking Jig

Posted By on February 20, 2009

In this episode I make a truing/marking jig. On one side is a layout mat which is used for marking the hardware locations on a drum shell. On the opposite side is glued a sheet of glass. When sandpaper is attached to the glass it will be used to flatten the edges of a drum shell to prepare it for bearing edges.

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