Snare Drum End Table

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Project by dpwalker posted 07-31-2011 06:12 AM 3993 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First I would like to credit & thank both VerteramoFurniture7 & ShopMonkey for the design ideas I “borrowed” from them in making this table. I searched the internet for a drum design but couldn’t find a simpler one for my first “real” inlay. So I again “borrowed” VerteramoFurniture7’s design. Sincere thanks to both gentlemen & I hope I don’t offend anyone by this project post.

The inlay is Zebrawood on a Birch Plywood backing. The legs are 2” hardwood dowels shaped with a R.O.S. & 80 grit sand paper because I don”t have a lathe. Finished with more coats of wipe on poly than I could count, because the ply kept soaking it up. I wanted a glossy finish but settled for a semi gloss. Either way I made this for my son who is a drummer & he loves it.

Thanks again guys & thanks for looking.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 05:30 PM

My wife is a drummer, and her first question is, “What kind of snare drum did he use? I hope it was just a
cheap one.” and no, I can not have one of her snare drums to make a table. I do think that you did a
good job combining those two ideas into one project. I have found that using a few coats of Sealcoat
on wood first does not change the color, and it only takes a few hours for each coat to dry, cuts down
on the poly needed. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 06:10 PM

I like it! Well done and neat idea for a table.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 07:08 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys.

Bluepine38 your wife can rest easy. I bought a cheap no name snare off of Craigslist. When I told the guy what I was going to do with it he cut the price from $25 down to $15. Being a musician myself & father of 2 musicians I know better than to use a quality instrument for this type of thing ;) It would be UNFORGIVABLE! Lol!

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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Tim Kindrick

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 07:32 PM

Very cool!!! I love the idea and the execution is “spot on”. I can’t imagine the time and effort it took to make those legs without a lathe. Good job!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 10:51 PM

That’s pretty cool! I would have never thought to use one of my old shells that way. You’ve got me thinking.

-- Doug

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