I used this 2 1/2 x 2 1/2″ x 30″ piece of oak for the rack connection joints.
I cut the 30″ piece of oak into 6 blocks measuring 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 4″. I used a table router to round off all of the edges.
Using a drill press I drilled a 1 1/4″ top hole straight through. The hole on the side was drilled to meet up with the top hole. I did the same thing with the other 5 blocks.
I drilled a 23/64″ hole for the 1/4″ threaded insert for all 6 blocks. I used a 1″ socket cap screw as the tightening screw that fits into the threaded insert.
Now I will put together the pieces for the top and bottom cross bar which will use four of the blocks.
I cut one 36″ x 1 1/4″ oak dowel in half and inserted one of them in the hole in the block. I drilled 1/4″ hole from top to bottom down through the block and dowel at the same time.
Increased the hole size on the bottom to 23/64 for the threaded inserts.
I increased the size of the top hole to 3/8″ and 1/8″ deep so the 2 1/2″ socket cap screw would tighten even with the surface. Did the same thing for the right side. This will be the top cross bar. I made another one exactly the same for the bottom cross bar.
I took two more 36″ x 1 1/4″ oak dowels and cut to 23″. Inserted them into the bottom cross bar. This is the back view.
I used carpenters wood glue to glue the 13″ long oak dowels that I cut from the step above into the blocks. I made two of these, one for the snare and one for the tom 3.
Now I need something to support the rack. I found a 4″x4″x8′ Douglas fur post for $10.00. Then I stained it to look like the rest of the oak rack. I could have gone with an oak post but it cost about $50.00 for the same size piece. I’m trying to keep the costs low.
I cut two 20″ length pieces. Cut a 45 degree angle on the front area.
5″ from the back of the block, I drilled a 1 1/4″ hole to 2 1/2″ deep.
I then centered 2 1″ holes on the inside of the block 1″ deep and 4″ apart for the bass pedal support.
Cut a 36″ x 1″ oak dowel in half and inserted then into the 4 holes. If every thing is measured right the rack will slide down in the top two holes.
Added some clamps tutorial here.
Using the L-rods and rack clamps you can position the drums just about any way you like.