Here’s the vision for this snare drum build that I mocked up in Photoshop. I always like “building” the snare digitally first so I have a clear direction in terms of design, colors and hardware.
This time I’m cutting down a birch shell to make it a 14×4.5″ drum. The plan is to stain it black with a satin finish, an inlay of some kind (probably a marine pearl) and brass hardware.
I’m going to use tube lugs with brass tension rods. The hoops will be 2.3mm triple flanged and of course brass. A brass DW throw off and Puresound 20 strand wires will finish it off.
This weekend I purchased a used 2hp router and table. It didn’t take me long to learn how to cut 45 degree bearing edges. This is a game changer for me as I may no longer buy pre-built drums. It’s much more fun to build my own. If this snare build is a success, it’s custom drums for me from here on out.
I’m imagining the shallow depth of the birch shell should give this snare a bright crack with some nice overtones. More photos to come. Hardware is on order. For now I sand the shell and wait. Special shout out to DrumMaker for their awesome selection and service. Seriously, these guys respond to emails almost instantly!