Introduction: Drum Set Chandelier

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My wife saw a drumset chandelier on line and decided she wanted it and I could create it. So I did.

Step 1: Ideas

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I don't have access to a welder and I wanted to use as much drum/musical equipment hardware as possible. The main problem is I wanted three evenly spaced arms and most hardware is built with two or four sides.
I originally tried to used the base of a guitar stand, but there was not enough room to run all the wiring.
Also my original thought for wiring the bulbs ended up not working out. More on that later.

Step 2: More Ideas

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So I was at band practice one night and I got the idea to use a microphone tripod base.
They aren't all created equally however. Most of mine are cheap plastic. I found the Tama mic stand bases looked good, had quite of bit of room and were made of metal.
Unfortunate I did not take any pictures from above. I drilled a hole in the mic stand for the wiring from the ceiling to come through. It feeds one arm. Then each box in each tom feeds the next arm. The last box feeds the bulb in the cymbal.

Step 3: Mounting the Kick Drum

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I had to figure out how I was going to attach the kick drum to the downrod from the ceiling and how I was going to wire it.

I attached pipe flanges from the big box hardware store that fit on the ceiling fan downrods to a board (1" X 3") that cut to span the diameter of the kick drum. I mounted it using simple "L" brackets that I made from aluminum I had laying around.

Step 4: Revised Lights in Drums

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So my original thought wouldn't work due to the amount of space the wiring took up and the fact that I had to daisy chain from drum to drum due to a lack of space for wiring and connectors.

I knew I could use standard 4 gang electrical boxes, but how could I attach them to the non-standard (for construction) tom arms? They are 7/8" in diameter and the electrical conduit is either 3/4" or 1". So I found plumbing fittings that slipped over 7/8" pipe to be soldered on and had a 3/4" thread on the other end which fit inside the standard electrical box conduit opening. That was perfect except that I needed to be able to remove it in order to mount the tom.

I drilled a hole and threaded it so the I could use a 6-32 screw to mount the fitting to the tom arm.

The microphone stand's outside diameter was very close to the inside diameter of the downrod, so I was able to slip it inside of a short length of downrod and mount it the same way as I mounted the plumbing fittings to the tom arms.

Step 5: Cymbal Light

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I knew I wanted a cymbal to hang down from the whole thing and I wanted it to be lit as well.

I had some brushed nickel tubing left over from another project that a light fixture would thread into. The tubing was the perfect size to fit the adjuster of the microphone stand.

I polished an old cymbal with brass polish to make it super bright.

Step 6: Final Challenge, Hanging the Thing!

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Our ceiling in the entryway of our home is 18' (about 6 meters) from the floor. This thing is way too heavy and unwieldy to hang using a ladder.

I tried to rent scaffolding, but the local equipment rental place didn't have anything tall enough that would fit in the entryway.

Fortunately my friend had a scaffold that would work.

Since this replaced a previously hung ceiling fan and weighed about the same, I was able to use the old box and ceiling fan mounting hardware.

Comments

JackC175 (author)2016-12-02

That's very nice! You did a great job! I also make musical instrument lamps. If you'd like to see them visit

http://www.musicalinstrumentlamps.com/

Djjazzyjasper (author)JackC1752017-11-17

Just so you know, the link doesn’t work.

JackC175 (author)Djjazzyjasper2017-11-17

just tried it, it worked

icabod (author)JackC1752017-11-17

Link no longer works for me either Jack. Just tried it.

icabod (author)icabod2017-11-17

Tried again by using Google and although it looks like you can get there, all you get is a "parked website" message from Go Daddy.

CraftAndu (author)2016-10-10

Awesome!

XuanXuanX (author)2016-09-12

Beautiful Job. I think it was a great idea. I have been tossing the idea of making my own hanging light and your idea has made my brain cells dance, so maybe I will finally come up with what will fit in my home. It won't be drums, but your wife's inspirations has helped me. Thanks.

Noland813 (author)2016-09-09

Really cool and well done. Good job

ViolaUkeSuperDude (author)2016-09-08

Whoa. So cool. It is very realistic. I wondered at first how you got the drums up there.

icabod (author)ViolaUkeSuperDude2016-09-08

Thank you SuperDude. It is realistic because they are real drums. This is a full size set (22" kick, 12",13", and 16" toms, 14" cymbal).

ViolaUkeSuperDude (author)icabod2016-09-09

Oh. The part where you put the drum part around the wood makes sense. Wouldn't it be really heavy? Or is that special wood.

icabod (author)ViolaUkeSuperDude2016-09-09

It is heavy, but since they were cheap drums, it's not that heavy. It only weighs about as much as the ceiling fan it replaced. I can hold it up with one hand no problem. Also, it doesn't move like a ceiling fan, so I'm not concerned about the weight.

ViolaUkeSuperDude (author)icabod2016-09-09

Oh I see. Well, thanks for sharing!

jooly4 (author)2016-09-08

I want one too!

Bay Yolal (author)2016-09-08

How can you clean these and remove dust? It has got a lot of fences and edges to hold dusts on it. I'm worried about dusts in my home.

icabod (author)Bay Yolal2016-09-08

I have a ladder and a vacuum and I'm not afraid to use them! :).

Seriously, I don't think it will be any worse than the ceiling fan it replaced. This has only a few horizontal spaces for dust to collect on. Most of the unit consists of vertical surfaces.

erik.teichmann (author)2016-09-08

Very nice job! Have you thought of using heads on the drums to diffuse the light?

icabod (author)erik.teichmann2016-09-08

Hi Erik. I did think of using heads to diffuse the light. That's a big reason I used the LED bulbs. That way there would be no heat issues. My wife and I discussed it, and she wanted the bare bulb/industrial look. I do have the option of putting heads on at any time though. Maybe tinted heads for different seasons? :)

davbaugh (author)icabod2016-09-08

Very , very cool! Did you consider using the retro style bulbs ? There are many different shapes and filament designs that would look awesome on this . I believe the site is 1000bulbs.com that has a huge selection. Again, beautiful job !

icabod (author)davbaugh2016-09-08

Thank you davbaugh. I considered using retro bulbs, and now that the cool, LED retro bulbs are out there, I might use them. I wanted as much LED as possible so that they would be cool to the touch, energy efficient, and long lasting. I kind of like the diffusion and 1970's vibe the current LED bulbs have. I had a retro LED bulb in the cymbal portion, but it just didn't match color wise with the other LEDs.

PitStoP (author)2016-09-08

Me being a drummer I really think this is cool. I will like this in my music room. Same color as my drum set too. Great job!

wkearney99 (author)2016-09-08

Three things come to mind, one being 'bravo!' for mentioning the ceiling fan mount. Something heavy like this would definitely be a problem if it was hung from anything less. The other being weight from materials and last dissimilar metals. The more you add, the heavier it becomes. I'm all for safety but using those electrical boxes is likely overkill weight-wise. That and using copper in-line on an electrical device is asking for corrosion troubles due to dissimilar metals. I'd have to think a local lamp shop would be a good place to start for finding oddball couplers for stuff like this.

Still, VERY clever and well executed!

icabod (author)wkearney992016-09-08

Thank you! I used the electrical boxes because I couldn't think of another clean way to run the wiring. By using the boxes I had plenty of room and was able remove the toms. I don't have pictures, but it had to go up in stages due to the weight and awkwardness. So I hung the downrod from the ceiling, then connected the bass drum and the arms that hold the toms, then installed the toms.
I thought about the dissimilar metals and corrosion, but I'm not too worried about it. Not too much moisture makes it up there and since there are multiple connection points, if I ever need to work on it and corrosion so severe has occurred that I can't remove the fittings at the toms, I can just remove the whole arm.
Could not find any other fittings on line or at the local lighting shop.

icabod (author)2016-09-07

Thank you all!

BKLaRue (author)2016-09-07

This is super cool!!! Great work!

Mr Kno It All (author)2016-09-06

Holy shi

ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-09-06

Well that is extremely cool. Thanks for sharing

sukuakku (author)2016-09-06

The title photo pulled me in. its superb.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-09-06

That is awesome! Perfect for any musician.

Thanks! I appreciate it!

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