Building drums

has anyone ever built a drum set or a single drum? i'm interested in building a snare drum for myself and wanted to know how to go about doing so. from things such as type of wood, shells, staining/painting, drilling holes, etc. what type of sound do certain types of wood produce? does anyone know of any woodworking centers/schools in the chicago land area?
thanks in advance for your help.
haroon
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http://www.angelfire.com/biz3/vermontdrums/books.html Sorry, it's not Chicago.. You could research it a little deeper than I did. >haroon wrote:

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This site will serve as a useful starting point. There are a number of online sellers of shells, hardware, etc.
http://drumdojo.com/kit /
Cheers, Brian.
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