|Project by SirGareth||posted 09-01-2014 06:37 PM||1322 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I have not posted a project in quite a while. Life has been very busy and most of my shop time has been limited. I’m slowly revising the shop, so project time has been limited.
I actually started this project last Christmas. My wife is a musician (drums, keyboards, bass guitar), but we don’t have space for a drum kit in her small studio. I’ve been wanting to make a cajon, similar to the one by Steve Ramsey (Woodworking for Mere Mortals). I built the plywood cajon on the left first and surprised my wife with that and some Vader brushes. She loved it. :) It has really good tone and the adjustable snare means that she gets a good snare sound near the top, plus a nice Tom sound toward the bottom, plus a variety of percussion sounds.
But, there was no Crash and no good Bass drum kick. So, we brainstormed a bit and added a stand with a cymbal for a Crash. Then we experimented a bit with some boxes and microphone connected to her bass amplifier. Thus, the second, slightly smaller box was born. It’s a solid box, with no sound hole. But, it has a microphone mounted in the middle of the box, with a small hole for the cord in back. It doesn’t take much amplification at all to create a nice bass kick sound. We added a chain-drive bass pedal that attaches to a T-plate screwed to the bottom of the bass drum box. Finally, she found the perfect cajon cushion at Guitar Center for more comfort. She sits on the cajon and uses her hand to play the Snare, Tom and Crash sounds. She uses the foot pedal to play the Kick drum.
So, she has a pretty good basic drum kit. The bass drum box stacks on the cajon and the bass pedal sits on top of that. So, it takes up a really small footprint in the corner of her little sound studio when she’s not playing it. It’s light and easy to set up when she wants to play. Down the road, we could add a Hi-Hat to round out the kit. In addition, she can just play the cajon by itself as the percussion instrument it was meant to be. So, she has the best of both worlds.
Thanks for looking. All comments are welcome.
Once we worked everything out, I finished everything with wipe-on Poly.
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