|Project by sugarpine||posted 02-19-2015 05:02 AM||1498 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
We recently had house guests. Both are avid musicians and brought their guitars, a ukulele, and a harmonica. My wife is a guitarist too. One evening while they were all jamming I felt left out. I excused myself and headed for the wood shop. What used to be a drawer box became a cajon drum. Initially all it took was a hole in the back and an 1/8 ” baltic birch front. In thirty minutes I was back at the jam session and providing percussion. Since then the little cajon has evolved. The drawer was small (11 X 15 X 5) and was a bit hard on the back bending over to play it. I installed a pedestal base that tilted the drum back and raised it off the floor. That made it much more comfortable to play. Placing both feet on the base stabilizes it. A handle on the back simplifies carrying. Considering the size, it has pretty good sound, good enough for a very amateur cajon drummer. The drawer that I used was from a customer who had modified a kitchen cabinet to install a pull out trash container. She gave me the drawers. The are very well constructed, dovetailed and have a rattle free bottoms. No doubt contributing to the drum’s sound quality.