Category Archives: Drum building tutorials

Making a Rolling Box Stand

If you’re tired of picking up and moving your drums around every time you want to reposition your stand, a rolling box stand for your chu-daiko is a good solution for you. This tutorial shows you how to make a basic rolling (tate) stand to fit your chu-daiko. You will need a power saw (table saw, mitre saw, or handheld […]

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Making a Shimedaiko Suwaridai (Seated Wooden Stand)

This tutorial will assist you in making a simple homemade suwaridai that is easy to make but also sturdy and easily customizable to various drum sizes and playing angles. This stand can easily be completed in a single afternoon and the materials costs are very low. Unlike a wire stand this suwari dai does not rely on parts of the […]

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Making Okedo Drum Heads, part 2

If you’re looking for part one, go backward here. STEP 4: Lace the Tensioning String Now it’s time to thread the string through the holes. Before tightening the strings it is a good idea to lubricate the ring so the head will slide over the hide as it is tensioned. This step isn’t usually necessary for okedo, but if the hides are […]

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Making Okedo Drum Heads, part 1

This tutorial will walk you through the process of making an okedo head, from determining the dimensions of your head to stretching it over the ring, sewing the double stitching, and punching holes for the rope. Keep in mind that you will need to make two heads, one for each side of your okedo, so you’ll repeat this whole process […]

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Making bachi

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