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Old 05-26-2016, 12:54 PM
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Default Donked Up WFL Floor Tom Help

Hello everyone,
I recently acquired this WFL floor tom, and it needs quite a bit of help!

I uploaded pictures here since they're too big for this site:
http://imgur.com/a/ahSpS

As you can see, the paint is flaking badly, part of the outer ply is all cracked and coming apart, and the reinforcement rings are coming off in one area. Luckily, most of the damage is centralized in one area of the drum - the rest is pretty solid. Since taking the photos, I've removed the lugs (after having to drill through some screws!) and they're cleaning up surprisingly well.

Anyways, I've done quite a bit of googling and I've been having trouble finding specific information on repair jobs like this. Hopefully someone here can give me some advice before I start fixing this via trial and error!

Most importantly, how should I approach gluing down the part of the shell that's coming apart? Should I start from the middle and work my way to the edge bit by bit? Do it all at once and clamp it all down? I've learned that Titebond III glue works well for this, so I got some of that, but I'm not sure what clamps work best for this sort of thing. How do I go about clamping down the parts in the middle of the shell?

Also, does anyone know of a specific product that I could spray over the drum to preserve the paint? I don't want to use something like a gloss clear coat that will make it shine - I want to try to preserve the current look of the drum as best as I can.

Thanks for reading, hopefully someone can help me fix this poor old drum!
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:01 PM
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:28 PM
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Default Re: Donked Up WFL Floor Tom Help

before any work was done on shell, I would make sure that drum is still in round, might be a waste of time if heads don't fit right or go on at all.
looks like drum was laying in water for a time.
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:31 PM
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Awesome looking shell! I think you can fix it and there are def some wood experts here that will be able to advise you. Be patient and they will be here shortly. Good luck with the drum. I'll be following this one.
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:05 PM
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before any work was done on shell, I would make sure that drum is still in round, might be a waste of time if heads don't fit right or go on at all.
looks like drum was laying in water for a time.
Good idea, thanks for the suggestion! I just tried this with a random Evans head, and it fit pretty well. A little snug on the bottom side, so it might be a little out of round, but it fit nonetheless.

Here's a photo of the original heads
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Old 05-28-2016, 07:42 AM
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Default Re: Donked Up WFL Floor Tom Help

to the forum!
No expert... but think your tom can be saved. Not difficult but time consuming. Good information in this current thread:

http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/newr...ote=1&p=387901

I can help with the ply separation issues but not the final finish.

Post any questions and I'm sure everyone here will do their best to get this shell mended.
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:13 AM
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to the forum!
No expert... but think your tom can be saved. Not difficult but time consuming. Good information in this current thread:

http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/newr...ote=1&p=387901

I can help with the ply separation issues but not the final finish.

Post any questions and I'm sure everyone here will do their best to get this shell mended.
Creighton
Ah yes, I saw this thread... You did a fantastic repair!

So basically you stuck toothpicks under the damaged wood, applied glue, and clamped? What sort of clamp did you use for this? Also, did you glue it all at once, or do a small section at a time?
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:22 PM
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I would fill it with dirt and put it next to the other pots behind it.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:25 PM
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You would have to take all those ply`s and soak them, then brush them with liquid glue and roll them under pressure to save it. The pitting says the lugs will never be smooth again.
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Old 05-28-2016, 06:48 PM
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Holy Makeral... That's a challenge...

You may pick up a few clues from this thread starting around page 2 for the ply repairs.. but start with the rings would be my suggestion..

http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/showthread.php?t=55376

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