How To Make A Snare Drum From Wood

Being a music lover does not mean you have to be exclusive to buying your musical instruments, you can also learn how to make a snare drum from wood. Making a snare drum would mean being able to identify the right pieces as well as measure the materials carefully.

You will need:

  • Wood
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper (220, 320, 600 or 2000 grit)
  • Dye
  • Lacquer
  • Foam brush
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape 
  1. Choose the shell of the wood. The kind of wood is essential to make a snare drum. If there are bad gaps, the drums will deteriorate much faster.
  2. Fill gaps of the shell with wood putty. The filled gaps would ensure that the wood is strong. Push in as much putty to the gaps as possible and set it aside to dry.
  3. Sand the shell off.  The dried shell should be sand off to ensure that the surface is smooth. You can use wet or dry sandpaper at 220, 320, 600 and even 2000 grit when you make a snare drum from wood.
  4. Cover the surface with dye and lacquers. Apply the dye with a foam brush, carefully applying one coat first and let it dry. Repeat the process five to six times. Apply the lacquer after the dye application. Follow the same procedure, allowing the initial coating to dry before adding more coats.
  5. Mark the rod holes. When the shell dries up both with dye and lacquers, you should already mark where to place the rods and the lugs. Make use of a pencil and masking tape to do the markings. Study the spaces in between the holes as you make a snare drum.
  6. Drill the holes. You can use a 1/8-inch drill bit. However, make sure that the drill would not be too deep or too shallow. Do the top and the bottom. Mark the hole on the top so that the bottom counterpart will match.
  7. Determine the bottom part. The bottom part should have room where to insert the snare bed. The bottom part should also make room for the strainer.
  8. Insert the snare beds. Carefully insert the snare beds so that it would not get loose. Make sure also that the snares are in the middle of the shell.
  9. Sand the shell again. Make sure that you use a 2000 grit sand paper. This would make sure that the holes would be clean. Just be careful not to sand the whole shell.
  10. Clean again the shell. Initially make use of compressed air. The compressed air would make up for cleaning the sand from the shell and from the drilled holes as you make a snare drum. Strip off any masking tape and other visible markings.
  11. Assemble together with the lugs, batter, and the hoops. The lugs come in first and then the batter followed by the resonant head. Put the hoops last.
  12. Tune the resonant head. This is perhaps the most important finishing step to do to make sure that you make a snare drum that works well.
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