MIDI drum kits are cool again. But buying them? That's boring. Build them instead.

Handy musician Nathaniel Andrew has step-by-step instructions for building DIY drum triggers
on the cheap. (via audioserve) You'll need to score yourself some cheap Remo practice
pads, and there is a little bit of hard work, though nothing
impossible. Nathaniel claims the whole job takes 20 minutes, requiring
only some standard components from Radio Shack, a soldering iron, a
small piece of sheet metal, an X-acto, epoxy, a drill, and cutting

Oh, and don't forget the other metal — heavy metal CD to keep your drum-building inspired. Here at CDM, music of choice is death metal singing parrots.

See if this works for you, but if not, stay tuned: our friend Scott
Shaw has promised more extensive PDF instructions with lots of
alternates for construction method and materials, coming soon. You'll
hear about it here first.