The early kick drums were made from wood. Back in the day big band sounds were really popular and room for 4 or 5 drummers was not possible. They needed a way to save space and the drum pedal way the answer. Now drum pedals are made from metal. I have some friends who are drummers and they have broken the metal ones kicking too hard. The wooden drum pedal I designed is for someone sitting on a suit case or cajon and stepping with their heal.

Start by downloading my hand-written parts PDF and then follow the photos/captions below.


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That's too cool!

Thanks Kirk !!
Thanks Shane for putting this here. I wish I had an auto cad program to make it more professional but I don't. At least when you print the plan it should print out to scale. Thanks again I have had quite a few requests for it and wanted it to be free to all!
P.S. If anyone has an auto cad program I would happily send you all the pieces so you could make a better plan .... ( less getto anyway) LOL

I'm familiar with FreeCAD, if I get a chance this weekend I could do up CAD file and better PDF plans maybe.

I totally wanna build one of these anyway..

Oh man that would be sweet. I can send you an unassembled one if you think it would be easier to do. Let me know. I can totally throw it in the mail tomorrow.

Dammit , now i gotta build one to match my wooden bigsby  . ;-)

Oh my gosh that flipping cool !!!!!!!

As is your kicker  . very cool !  thanx for the share  .  ;-)

Thanks for posting this, I'm so wanting to build one.

And The Anonymous Pick needs to do this for his wooden Bigsby style tremolo too. That's so cool. I've seen it before, but forgot who made it. I guess I need to do a write up for my gate hinge tremolo.

That is amazing Paul!

Thanks Rose.

I used a tremolo arm and spring claw for a Stratocaster guitar from my parts bin. the hinge and springs came from Lowes.

The bridge is a 1/4" steel threaded rod with nuts on the outside edges and a couple in the middle as string guides. The nuts are glued to the top of the git so that the rod bridge moves in the nuts as a rollor bridge when depressing or pulling up on the tremolo bar.

It works about as good as a old style Strat trem.

very cool . i think i remember seeing that a while ago , i did a "gate latch"  whammy  awhile back too , but no  springs ,  just  letting the metal bend etc .  lol more of a wowee than whammy sound  . 

as for the bigsby . in hindsight,  i could have done a step by step picture wright up , but , honestly   , i wasn't sure it was gonna work . I may do one if i redo that guit  , or make another one . but it's kinda self explanatory .. only "hidden aspect of it is , there is a  long metal nail under that lower bar  to  take the string tension , the wood alone would not be enough , and that lower dowel's only actual  purpose  is to hide the metal  nail .;-) oh and it does  "creak" a bit at times . but veggie oil fixes that . ;-)


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