Many years ago, I began the quest for a consistent and easily repeatable method for veneering pre made drum shells. I needed a method that did not limit me to costly backed or wide sheet veneer. One that did not involve contact cement so I could use high gloss lacquer. One that would not give me welts from a hot iron. One that yielded tight almost invisible seams. One that allowed me to create intricate patterns with a hard and machinable glue line. What I needed was a vacuum press and after a lot of trial and error I finally achieved it. I have been using and teaching the following method for the past eight years with great success. With a little practice and attention to detail you can achieve amazing results.
Daniel Briechle is an educator and drum maker in the Denver Metro area. He wrote the accredited collegiate curriculum for drum building courses and currently offers private instruction for drum set and snare drum construction. He also specializes in “One on One” drum set and snare drum creation. www.briechlecustomdrums.com