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Putting Some More Together.

In this post, we will install the cake pan to the MDF base plate and add the sensor plate assembly.

Tools/supplies needed for this section:
– Adjustable wrench and or pliers
– phillips screwdriver
– drill with 9/32? drill bit
– masking tape

The first thing I did was add some bolts to the sensor mounting holes.

Line-up bolts

This is optional. I did this to help line the pan up with the MDF base.

Line-up bolts with MDF base

If you don’t use bolts, try to center the sensor mounting holes of the pan to the center of the corresponding holes on the MDF base.

Now mask off 1/2″ of your 9/32″ drill bit. This will be used as a guide so we don’t drill deeper than a 1/2″. When the tape hits the pan, stop drilling.

tape on drill bitholes drilled

If you use bolts to line up the pan, remove the bolts, and then screw down the pan to the MDF base using the pan head #12 x 1/2″ tap screws. At this point, you can add the 1/4″ jack and the sensor plate assembly. To add the sensor plate assembly, just insert a rubber-insulated rivet nuts into each of the holes on the plate. Set the plate (with the rivet nuts) over top of the corresponding holes in the cake pan. From the under side of the pan/MDF base insert the pan head #10-32 x 3/4″ machine screws. Do not over tighten. Tighten the screws just enough to get a good bulge in the rivet nut. We are wanting it to be just tight enough so the sensor plate can not come off.

with sensor platewith sensor plate close-up

Notice in the above picture I added 2 more mounting screws to the pan. This has been updated in the templates before I uploaded them to the templates page.

In the next post we will tackle the foam sensor couplings.

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  1. Hey Phil,I have 8 cutouts made.Four of them are painted and I am installing the cake pans.It was tuff to find cake pans that were round at the top.It seems they like to give you little handles on each side…impossible to use for our needs of course.I finally found some at Target.My XL4’s seem to be more expensive,but I am buying everything at local stores.I hate to wait till the next post for a few questions I have.My email zionatdirt@yahoo.com If you have some time.I would be happy to show you some pics as well,I plan on having them done in a week or so.There is a lot more work then I had anticipated…I guess that is why they call it a DIY project lol.still I look forward to having another drumset to lighten my load! THANKS for sharing,Dave

  2. Be careful! I have invested more than I would have liked.I think the plan is good,don’t get me wrong.I found after I had 8 good -looking drums to be finalized that something wasn’t right.My current thought is that the templates didn’t print to scale.I realized this first cutting the cake pan holes…Holes seemed to tight,not enough room for the screws to be in “full” Mbf.popping through the interior walls..not good.Finally when putting on the rims NONE of the holes lined up, as if the total template was to small.I admit this could be my error…how i printed the project? Anyway,very discouraged..thought they were almost done.I will do my best to salvage my investment…Probabily my mistake,to bad. Dave

  3. It appears that you printer is scaling the print. I just printed out all of the templates, and cut them out again, and they are lining-up with what I built just fine. Try checking your printer settings. There might be a setting for scale to print if there is turn it off. I am using an Epson CX6600, R300, & Photo 1200. All of them print the templates to scale.

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