I was able to make enough bottoms and top hoops using 4’x2′ and 2’x2′ oak veneer press board.
Here is a close up image. I broke into it so you could see the inside. Hopefully this will give a clue to what I’m using. It seems to be very strong and heavy. I have tried to use pine in the past without success. The pine would split when tightening down the hoops. Real oak wood is very expensive. The wood I’m using here feels as heavy as real oak wood.
I measured in 6 1/4″ from each edge and drilled a 1/8″ hole for the pin. I wanted to get as close to the edge as possible and utilize as much wood as possible. I used a circle jig that I purchased here. Router circle jig You also need to use a 1/4″ cutting bit .
I used the 12 5/16″ circle jig hole to cut the outside diameter. Increase the depth of the cut a little at a time. I made about 3 passes.
I screwed down the circle to keep it in place while I make the remainder of the cuts. I set the router to cut a depth of about 1/2″ I will now be cutting the groove for the mesh head.
I used the 10 5/8″ circle jig hole to start cutting the 1/2″ deep groove. I made one pass with the router. After every pass I decreased themeasurement of the circle jig 1/8″ until I reached the 10 1/16″ circle jig hole. At the 10 1/16″ circle jig hole setting I finished cutting down through the wood making a few more passes increasing the depth a little at a time.
That’s all there is to it. Now you have a 10″ wood hoop. You can now make a 8″ drum hoops with the leftover circles of wood.
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 projects. Parts List Tools