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Old 04-26-2021, 04:11 PM
O-Lugs O-Lugs is offline
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Yeah...not sure. I can cut down if I have too.
It's a beautiful piece of wood, visually....but knots and stability are usually at odds with each other. I'd be especially concerned with the area of the knot that intercedes the area(s) where the bearing edges will be cut.

When that log was a tree, that knot was a branch and the area where it connected to the tree trunk had a lot of tension in it from the way the grain grew. Now, you have alleviated that tension and the wood will want to move in the path of least resistance until it runs out. Also keep in mind that when you add the lugs, rims and heads and bring all of it under tension, it might change that natural path of least resistance in the grain, to somewhere else.

You might also consider undersizing the diameter of the shell a bit so that the heads will float on the bearing edges. Sometimes, the flesh hoops of the drumheads can bind up against a shell if it's too large.
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Old 04-26-2021, 08:33 PM
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It's a beautiful piece of wood, visually....but knots and stability are usually at odds with each other. I'd be especially concerned with the area of the knot that intercedes the area(s) where the bearing edges will be cut.

When that log was a tree, that knot was a branch and the area where it connected to the tree trunk had a lot of tension in it from the way the grain grew. Now, you have alleviated that tension and the wood will want to move in the path of least resistance until it runs out. Also keep in mind that when you add the lugs, rims and heads and bring all of it under tension, it might change that natural path of least resistance in the grain, to somewhere else.

You might also consider undersizing the diameter of the shell a bit so that the heads will float on the bearing edges. Sometimes, the flesh hoops of the drumheads can bind up against a shell if it's too large.
To me, it looks like the knot is far enough away from the edge where it may be fine but if I cut another inch off on the knot side, then it will be dead center of the knot.
Not sure what to do except to try it. It may be just fine...If you were going to cut the shell depth down to 6" would you cut on the side closer to the know or the other side?
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Old 04-27-2021, 07:52 AM
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Cool Re: Friend wants to build me a solid Mahogany snare drum. We need guidance....

If it were me, I would leave it at it`s current depth...This will give more structure to the shell in case the knot decides to misbehave...

I think you may have future issues with the knot area once the bearing edge has been cut...Finger crossed!!

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Old 04-28-2021, 04:58 AM
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Quite a project! Good luck with it.
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