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16 x 16 floor tom progress!

Well, the snow has fallen and winter is officially here so drum building is in full swing again. Today we made more progress on the floor tom and we are starting to really think hard about our milling jig, we’re going to get a proper jig welded up with dials and fancy knobs, so today we milled the drum down with the router on top and i must say this is the way to do it. I have been fooling around with “mirror” finishes and that’s coming along nicely also been messing about with wood dye that is some potent stuff!! Got a nice pie of Purple Heart for a future snare drum and finally organized our drum parts. All in all it was a good productive day, enjoy some photos:

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– Nick

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Progress

Well after a successful CD Release party last night for False Flag, i got up bright and early to go help my dad with some stuff. In the process we rounded out the inside of the 12×12 rack tom looks like we are well on our way to completing the first kit!

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-Nick

Building Time!

YESS.. we got some time to get together again and build!! it started with failure but ended in success originally we set out to build just a 20×22 bass drum but our bevel cut was out by .2 of a degree so over 40 cuts we added 8 deg. to our circle.. oh well adjust the saw and re-cut the staves for a rack tom (12 x 12) and while were at it, make another snare with the left over bass drum woods ( 14 x 7) so after every thing was said and done it did end up being a productive day see for yourself:

– Nick

16 x 16 Floor tom

got the 16 x 16 floor tom glued up today, it brought up a number of challenges though. All i can say is make sure you select your wood better than we did, we ended up taking alot of material off with the plainer and jointer today. All things considered we did end up with a pretty nice shell with very minimal gaps, we will spin this one down next weekend and hopfully glue up the 12″ rack tom, here’s some pics of the progress today

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– Nick

 

 

Tuning pointers

My brother and I watched this video about 5 years ago, some really good pointers here, the only problem is…. If you ask 10 drummers how to tune, you will get 10 different methods witch are all correct. Me personally i tune my drums as low as possible with out too many annoying over tones, then i shorten the sustain with the batter side. Remember one of the most important things about playing and instrument, is being able to tune that instrument. how would Iron maiden sound if all their guitars were out of tune with each other? Anyways here’s Dave Weckl (god) on drum tuning:

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Thanks

Just thought I should give credit where credit is due, for anyone wanting to find some amazing resources on drum building I have 2 crucial links to share:

http://pdgood.us/ Great all around, these guys talk about all types of drum building and have amazing knowledge about the entire process

http://unionbridgedrums.com/ This is a link to a stave drum calculator that gives you bevel angles board foot required ect.. amazing program, donate if you can

 

let the rain fall down

June in Calgary is usually some dirty form of summer, usually consisting of huge amounts of rain and low lame ammounts of sun I remember camping on June 5th about 5 years ago. 5 degrees Celsius… How horrible, but we toughed it out any ways. so needless to say my jam space got a little bit wet again, i installed some fresh carpet tile and ohhhh man i think it looks great! check it out:

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PS more drum building will be commencing on Canada day July 1st!! stay tuned for pictures!

-Nick