I just purchased a router, a 45 Degree Chamfer bit and a 1/4 Roundover bit. I built a router table to do my edges. I'm going to practice on a no name bass drum and rack tom shell that I bought off ebay. Before I started, the shells had a single 45 degree edge with no roundover. I added a roundover to the outside edge of the shell, and it turned out pretty awesome. I'm pleased with myself as this was my first try at bearing edges. Now the real challenge, getting the inside 45 degree edge. I think it's just messing with router bit heights above the table surface vs. thickness/plys of shells.
The rack tom is a 10x12 and I would like to make it an 8x12. I've already plugged the old lug/vent holes so it pretty much is a ready to cut/edge/drill. The only problem is, I don't want to buy a table saw just to do this. Is there a specific router bit available that I can use to cut down this shell while "rolling" it in place against the fence? I was planning to cut the shell down and re-cut new edges. If there isn't, it's not a big deal, because within the next month I'll be buying a raw snare shell to build and since I save quite a bit of money getting it raw without edges, if I screw it up beyond salvage, it wont be a horrible loss.
Another thing I'm curious about, when I was cutting the outside edges, I experimented with the Big "O" method of turning the shell around the bit (as seen in the Sonor Factory Tour Video and the Spaun Drum Co. Factory Tour) and also the steering wheel method. I was browsing the ghostnote forums and they seem split on the issue. I was just curious as to what the builders here (especially P.J) did. They both felt pretty good, but I applied the pressure against the bit bearing more evenly while using the Big O, so I'll probably stick to that.
The router table is a great investment. Looking at the money I save with getting the shells raw, the whole set up will be paid off in about 6 shells. I'm quite excited about it. Enough for me to practice as well as add to the amount of snares/drums I have. Also the table is big enough for me to use also as a wrap cutting table. Two sawhorses, the router, three bits, the MDF for the table top as well as the MDF for the sanding tables, lumber for bracing and sandpaper all came out to about $200 with careful shopping around (Home Depot, Lowe's, Woodcraft, Harbor Freight). There were also a few other little things in there like drill bits, rollers, screws, glue, long ruler, filler, etc. I didn't want the cheapest stuff out there, but something that didn't break the bank that could still fuel my new found hobby. Luckily I work at Lowe's and so many of the stuff I got had a 10% employee discount.
Sorry for the epic post, I'm just all giddy with the prospects of what I can do. I'm pretty much willing to take that 10x12 shell and cut it slowly down to a 4x12 just so I could continually practice and perfect my bearing edges. I bought it solely for practice and maybe if I'm lucky turn it into something that matches the bass drum that i got it with. So my questions are:
1. Big O or steering wheel method for turning the shell around the router bit? Maybe there's a drawback or benefit from one that I haven't heard of yet.
2. Is there a bit that I can use to cut down a shell with a router? if so, what bit?
3. Is there such a thing as a full roundover bearing edge and if so, how do I achieve this? A buddy of mine says truth custom drums do this as one of their edges, but I think he may be talking out of his arse. It just sounds like a symmetrical dual 45 with the flat edge rounded but I could be wrong.
Next thing is to practice snare beds.
Set 1: Self built custom drum set
Set 2: Ludwig Accent
Cymbals: Meinl Byzance Traditional, Meinl Byzance Jazz