When you decide you want to really learn how to play drums, This
drum kit can also be connected to a drum module.
I cut out the bottom out of a leftover Fleet Farm bucket and
then cut a 2" tall piece from the bottom of the bucket and
riveted together. This will be a 10" diameter x 2" tall drum.
You can make just about any size you like.
If you follow this tutorial the diameter of the bucket can be
any size you like. If you choose not to make your own hoops and
use real drum hoops make sure the real hoop fits over the size
of the bucket you make.
I used a router and a homemade circle
jig to cut the 3/4" oak Veneer fiber board paneling into hoops.
(Or you can use one of these) You need to cut the outside of
circle first. You will need to measure and mark the inside
diameter and cut the outside diameter so you will have a 7/8"
wide rim. I cut the inside diameter of the hoops big enough so
they will just fit over the top of the bucket.
I took some
1/4 copper tubing
it to fit the 1/4" groove and cut to size.
Sewed on some window screen. The mesh
screen head rim now fits perfectly in the groove.
Router to cut a circle for the
bottom. I cut 1/8" deep groove for the bucket to fit down into.
I used a regular 10" drum hoop as a
template to mark the holes.
Placed top hoop over the bottom circle and drilled 1/4" holes
through the top hoop and bottom circle at the same time. After I
drilled the first hole. I bolted the top and bottom together and
then did the same with second hole to keep every thing aligned
then drilled the remaining holes.
On the bottom of each hoop and bottom
circle I labeled with a number 1 through 4 next to the hole.
That way all holes will line up on their corresponding
Increased the size of the holes in the
bottom circle to 11/32" to fit the (Check the package for correct
hole size for threaded inserts they may be different for
Can find them here.
Threaded Insert 1/4-20
I will now add the mounting brackets
I placed the bracket on top the bottom circle making sure not to
cover the groove for the bucket and drilled 1/4" holes through
the bracket and bottom circle at the same time. I Increased the
size of the holes in the bottom circle to 11/32" for the
Now I added a
Terminal Strip and round wood spacer that will help get the
foam block 1/8" above the drum rim.
Added a layer of 3-M double sided tape .
I'm using piezos I found
here on EBay 10 for about $6.00 the price includes shipping.
They work very well with the Rock Band controller
no longer sell these piezos on Ebay. You can find the same
I used a small screw driver to pry off
the top cover. Used a dab of hot glue to secure the wires better
so they wouldn't be accidently ripped off of the piezo.
Placed the piezo still in case on the
3M double sided tape. Added a circle the size of the ceramic of 3-M double sided tape
between the ceramic and 1"x1"x1-1/2" foam sanding block
with the sanding surface removed. Connected piezo wires to one side of the terminal strip. Normally I would
totally remove the piezos from the case. For the Rock Band game
these piezos worked better in the case.
If you don't want to use foam blocks. You can also make
foam cones from the foam sanding blocks.
Installed the 1/4" jack and connected
wires to other side of terminal strip. Also added a knob.
Put on the
Window screen mesh head and one more layer of screen
overlapping about 1 1/2". That way you won't have to re-create
the mesh head when the top layer wears out.
Update: Another option is to add one
layer of SuperScreen. I use 20 x17 tiny mesh SuperScreen.
Super Screen 36 Inch x 100 Ft Black Tiny Mesh 20/17
SuperScreen link 1
SuperScreen link 2
SuperScreen link 3
to make the SuperScreen mesh heads quieter with foam circle.
I placed a rubber band over the top
layer and pulled the screen snug. It keeps the top layer nice
and tight while tightening down the drum hoop. After you tighten
down drum hoop you can trim the excess screen.
One down and three to go.
Or maybe four to go. You could add a
hi hat to the left of yellow tom1 for those song that use red
for the hi hat.
There are links in the tutorial to where you can find most of
the parts I used in this project.
Here are some of the parts and tools I used on all the different
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