This is the first time I've ever built a drum. I started off looking for a 5" birch shell to use with my Pearl Free Floating snare frame to go along with a new Pearl Sessions Studio Customs kit. After much research ended up buying a Keller birch shell, which came in a 14" x 12" size. Rather than just let them keep the extra 7" I didn't need for the Pearl frame, I decided to pay them to put bearing edges on the other 7" piece and send it along as well. I figured I'd do something with it one day since I had the 5" shell I needed. Within a couple of weeks decided to have a little fun and totally geeked out when I found that Bum Wrap Drum Company would do custom wraps. So I placed my order for this size and a different related design for the 5" and got busy ordering hardware. Wood working is not my best skill, I will be the first to admit. I mis-measured and mis-drilled a few times and ended up having to do a little wood putty repair before finishing. But the results surprised me. My wife was impressed, and my guitar playing leader of his own band son was totally surprised how well it came out. After hearing it, he wants me to make one for his drummer.