Introduction: Floor Tom to Kick Drum Conversion on a Tight Budget. +updated+
This Instructable will show you how to turn a floor tom into a kick drum utilizing existing hardware and cheap materials.
Be sure to look at all the pictures
I will also explain how I stripped and refinished my drum and how to port your front head with a normal household can.
I apologize for not including step by step pictures. I didn't think to take pictures during the process.
This entire project came together very well for me.
So lets get started with the materials.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Materials for stripping and refinishing:
Foam brushes - a few large and small
disposable bowl or cup for the mod podge
magazines or books
Materials for the floor tom conversion:
See picture for sizes
1 pack of washers
1 pack of screws
1 pack of bolts with nuts.
Memory foam pillow from the Goodwill.
3 pieces of builders hardware including a T shaped piece and 2 L shaped pieces.
See the picture.
One piece of mahogany flooring sample.
Foam can cozy
Step 2: Stripping and Refinishing the Drum
First, I removed and set aside all of the hardware.
The drum came with a horrible black wrap on it that was only glued in one spot and just about to fall off. So all I had to do was dig a butter knife under the seam and it popped right off.
Then, I sanded the glue off and also fine sanded the edge of the shell.
Next, I cut out full page pictures out of a National Geographic book on National parks. You can use any glossy pictures and any size of course. Magazines work great as well.
I, then, paint the Mod Podge onto the shell, lay on the picture and then painted over top of the picture using the Mod Podge and foam brushes.
Research Decoupaging for more tips on this technique.
Step 3: Reinstalling the Hardware.
Now its time to reinstall the hardware.
The first modification I made was to drill a new hole and reinstall the tom leg mounts spun 90 degrees. So now the legs act as spurs for the drum.
At this point the bass drum is certainly functional. I used my drum for a few months before i decided to make the pedal mount. In fact in the picture below the pedal is attached right to the rim. It mostly worked but wasn't great. If you are very short on funds by all means try to hook up your kick drum pedal and see how it works for you. You may be right were you need to be already.
If you want to learn how to make the pedal mount then please continue
Step 4: Assembling the Pedal Mount/riser
First mark and drill the holes for the first L bracket. You will want the bracket to be pretty close to the rim.
Bolt it onto the drum using 2 of the long bolts and washers.
Optional muffling step:
Put on the front head and put the foam pillow inside the drum. My drum is a 16 inch drum so I had to cut down the pillow. But I left enough of the pillow protruding so that it would touch both heads at the same time all the time. Then, I attached the pillow to one of the protruding bolts on the inside of the drum using a washer and a nut.
Now attach the other L bracket to the top of the piece of flooring sample using the wood screws as shown in the picture.
Attach the T shaped piece next to it also on top.
Attach the 2 L brackets together using 2 bolts and washers.
Take your can cozy and cut a strip off of it. Wrap it around the bottom of the pedal mount and secure it with zip ties.
Step 5: Porting Your Front Drum Head
For this Mini Instructable you need :
A heat source like a stove top
A can the size of the hole you desire with the label and as much of the glue as possible removed .
**** This is a Very Dangerous task so please be careful and be an adult or have adult supervision ****
Perform this task in a well ventilated area.
Mark the spot on your drum head where you want the hole.
Lay the head down flat on top of the aluminum foil on a clean counter top.
Heat the can on the stove top very carefully on very low heat. If you have an electric stove top available you should probably use that.
Wearing oven mitts, pick up the can with tongs. Drop it onto the head and press down.
Twist gently and lift the can.
Done properly it can work wonderfully.
Step 6: You Are Done and Ready to Groove
So now all you have to do is, attach the front head, tune the drum, attach your pedal, and you are ready to groove !
Don't think that this little kick drum is a pure jazz drum. It is a great jazz drum but It is also pretty versatile. I play somewhat hard hitting funk stuff with it and it projects pretty nicely.
If you are still reading I hope you enjoyed my first instructable. And by all means if anyone out there converts a drum using this method please send me some pictures of how it worked out for you.