The critical stave item is not the length but the angle of each stave.
Am I right that you are concerned with the length of the 7" staves?
Lay the staves out. At this time arrange by how the grain is showing.
Make sure one edge (what will become one of your bearing edges) is all straight.
Now tape them. Once taped, flip the entire assembly over, roll it up and do a check fit.
All joints should appear tight.
Assuming all is tight, unroll and apply glue. Roll it up and secure with band clamps.
Wait 24 hours.
Now sand the one edge of the shell so all is even.
Also it is possible to cut the shell on a table saw.
Now comes the rounding of the outside followed by rounding the inside.
The above describes the steps used for the 5" maple stave snare that I made.
Does this make sense?
After glue- up, you can sand the ends of the shell.
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Last edited by rwl7532; 06-04-2014 at 02:51 PM.
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