Introduction: Pack Cloth Drum

Picture of Pack Cloth Drum

This is a simple drum made from a thick tube and pack cloth using screws, some fishing line and some cord. It doesn't take much time and all of the materials can be found at most department-type stores.

Step 1: Step 1- Cut the Tube

You'll want to cut the tube down to about a foot or a foot and a half so that you can work with it easily.

Step 2: Step 2- File a Groove

Picture of Step 2- File a Groove

Around the top of the drum about half an inch down from the rim, you should file a groove all the way around so that when you tie the pack cloth on, the string has a groove to sit in.

Step 3: Step 3- Attach Screws

Picture of Step 3- Attach Screws

You will need to attack four screws to the bottom of the drum. Do not screw them in all the way, leave them out enough so that you can loop fishing line onto them.

Step 4: Step 4- Cut Pack Cloth

Picture of Step 4- Cut Pack Cloth

Cut out a nice square of the pack cloth and put it over the open top of the drum (not the end with the screws). Cut four tiny holes in each corner of the cloth as well.

Step 5: Step 5- Attach Fishing Line

Picture of Step 5- Attach Fishing Line

Cut out four pieces of fishing line about two feet long. Slip the fishing line through the small holes in the pack cloth and then loop the line down around the screws and tie a couple knots in the line to make sure it stays secured around the screws.

Step 6: Step 6- Tie String Around Top

Picture of Step 6- Tie String Around Top

Take a long piece of string and tie it around the top of the drum. Make sure that the string is securely lying in the groove that you filed. Tie the string tightly so that pack cloth is taught.

Step 7: Step 7- Decorate!

Picture of Step 7- Decorate!

Now that your drum is essentially done, you can decorate it any way you want!


kathannah (author)2009-06-17

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't had the chance to respond. To answer your main question, YES, pack cloth is essentially vinyl-coated cloth. I found it at Wal-Mart, but I'm sure it's also available at Michael's or Joannes! Thanks for all the feedback!

chrispaccord (author)2009-06-05

That's pretty cool, I never wold have thought to use fishing line to tighten the drum head. Does pack cloth have another name? I've never heard of it(or used it) before..

It looks Like it is a Vinyl coated fabric

That stuff is pretty easy to find, thanks. I might try one of these out for an sfx project I need to do..

tizpeace (author)chrispaccord2009-06-13

Where did you find the pack cloth, I looked at JoAnne's but unsuccessful. Unless it is infact Vinyl, Where is the pack cloth at?

chrispaccord (author)tizpeace2009-06-17

I haven't found any yet, but if it is vinyl coated fabric, it should be available at Joannes or an arts and crafts store, though it may be under another name. It looks like you could use vinyl upholstery material, like the stuff you use to make couch cushions out of "fake" leather

Toxictom (author)chrispaccord2009-06-08

I believe pack cloth also goes by the trademarked name "Cordura".

About This Instructable




More by kathannah:Pack Cloth Drum
Add instructable to: