Stave Snare Drums

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Project by MJHaffeman posted 11-19-2021 08:39 PM 662 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some drums I’ve made over the years while moving from house to house across many states. I finally finished building my new house with large workshop and I’m so excited to get back to building drums! Unfortunately, all of my custom MDF jigs absorbed all the moisture from various storage locations, so rebuilding those will be the first order of business.

Shown here:

1. 7×14” Mahogany stave snare, brass trim, grain oriented in chevron pattern, basswood inlay, 30 coats hand-rubbed Waterlox finish, buffed and polished.

2. 5×14” Hickory snare with sapwood accent. 5 coats Behlen instrument lacquer. My “daily driver”.

3. 4.5×14” Cherry stave snare, 30 coats hand-rubbed Waterlox finish, buffed and polished.

4. Bare Mahogany shell, sanded.

-- MJH, Kodiak, AK

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#1 posted 11-19-2021 08:40 PM

Noisy looking things. Nice workmanship.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 11-19-2021 08:45 PM

man those are killer,any drummer would love those.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 11-19-2021 09:39 PM

AWESOME!! Love trying to make instruments.. but I have no musical talent.. Those are beautiful!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 11-20-2021 12:02 AM

Awesome job MJH. My wife has a couple of sets including an early 90’s Pearl MMX custom. Yours are a next level iteration. Very nice work.

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 11-20-2021 03:13 AM

That is beautiful. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 11-21-2021 01:38 PM

Where do you get your drum parts?

-- I like to turn

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#7 posted 11-21-2021 07:54 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#8 posted 11-21-2021 09:14 PM

wow that is beautiful!

Too bad Steve Luongo left our golf club. I would have love to show him your work.

-- Petey

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