Basic Drum Building Supplies, Parts, and Tools
To Make Custom Drum Building Easier!


Drum building supplies are numerous, and it can be a bit overwhelming if you are not clear on what it is you want to build. Let me help you make this an easier. First, what is your budget? Do you have enough money to cover all drum building supplies and parts?

Main Parts (for creating each drum):

  • Shells
  • Lugs and tension Rods
  • Rims or hoops
  • Snare strainer and Butt Plate
  • Vent grommetts
  • Drum heads
Drum Set Parts* (for completing the kit):
  • Tom mounts
  • Floor tom legs
  • Bass drum claws and spurs
  • Rims mounts (if you don't want tom mounts or floor tom legs
Drum Building Supplies* (give or take a few):
  • Drum wrap
  • Stain or wood dye
  • Foam brush
  • Lacquer, varnish, polyurethane
  • Adhesive glue (if your wrap doesn't come with bond tape.
  • Sand paper
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Router (if you want to do bearing edges yourself).
  • Table (to work on)
  • Soft cloth or foam padding (to work on)
  • Drill
  • Electric Sander
  • Latex gloves
  • Vaccuum (shop vacuum)
  • Flashlight

Sounds like a lot of stuff. And it is. It can get a little pricey. But it's all worth it in the end because you'll have a killer custom made drum set that you made all by yourself. And you'll have the equivalent of a top of the line kit for much less than if you went out and bought one yourself.

Drum Supplies and Drum Building Tip #1:

If you want to build a drum set but don't have all the money, build one drum at a time. Start with a snare drum. This way, you can buy all the drum supplies and parts, create something very cool, and if you decide you don't have time to complete the whole kit now, you at least have a nice snare drum to use with another kit, or you can sell it.

Drum Supplies and Drum Building Tip #2:

This is one of my favorite ideas. Who says you have to buy all new parts? You can buy drum shells that someone bought and doesn't have time for, which will save you money. Ebay is the perfect place for this (and all parts and drum building supplies).

Or, buy an old used drum set and re-finish it yourself. This can be much easier than building a drum set from the shell up. Especially for the first time. The only thing is this assumes there's no major problems with the shells, so ask the seller, and check them if you can.

If you buy an old drum set, you can ditch the shells and use the parts for your new drum kit. This can be a very cool project. Especially if you score a vintage set. There's something very appealing about vintage parts being attched to new shells.

If you run short of lugs or other parts, make each drum with different used drum parts. The quirker the kit, the cooler it can be. Or, just hold out until you find a seller selling the same parts so you can complete your kit as you go along. It's really up to you of course. Your tastes are different from mine.

I hope this inspired you in some way to build a drum kit, snare, or even just a rack tom.

Let me know if you want to include something here.

Here's a custom made page that took the latest parts for sale on Ebay. It's in real time. I think you'll find it helpful.

*I put thses lists together off the top of my head. I probably left out a few things so if you want to include something let me know.



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