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Drums, or Cajon's (Pronounced Kahone's)

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 10-24-2006 06:11 PM 11636 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago, I had some boards that had been drying on a shelf in my shop.
They where from a Green Ash tree that the city had cut down in my boulevard. I asked if they could save me a chunk of it.

One of my son’s is a percussionist, & collector of drums, So I decided to make him some Cajon’s. A “Cajon” can either be a cylinder, or a box with a wooden head.

I’d like to explain how I made these.

I made a 20 sided cylinder with 3/4” material.
In order to get the approximate size boards for the circle, you divide the circumference by 20. To find the bevel angle of each board you divide 20 into 360, which gives you 18 degrees. The divide that by 2 & get 9 degrees. That’s the angle of the cut on each edge.
Then you lay out two strips of duck tape on your bench, a few inches longer than the circumference. Then lay out your strips, & tightly roll them into a cylinder for a dry fit. If your joints fit good. Then unroll, & apply polyurethane glue & reassemble & clamp. Then measure it, & make adjustments making sure it is round.
Then I temporarily glued a 1” X 2” across the top with my glue gun. Then with my circle jig I routed a 1/8” deep rabbet on the inside of top for 1/8” plywood. Then I set the router circle jig to cut to size of the opening for the 1/8” plywood top. Then I removed the temporary 1” X 2”, & glued on the top.

I used a belt sander to round the exterior making a slight taper like barrel. The round dots of Walnut on the drums are just decorative. I made them with a plug cutter.

The finish I used was Satin Lacquer.

They also make router bits for cutting 9 degree angles with a router table. you may be able to find some more information for making cylinders on the Internet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Obi

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#1 posted 10-24-2006 07:09 PM

O.K. One question… or maybe it’s two questions. You have two sizes here, how wide did you cut each stick? One is looking like 1” and one is looking like 1 1/2 “

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 10-24-2006 10:08 PM

I didn’t draw a plan for them, & they’re a 1000 miles away. I don’t remember the exact sizes.

Find the circumference of the size circle you want by multiplying 3.14 X the diameter of the drum. Then divide the result by 20. That will give you the apprximate size of the stick.

Example: A 12” drum, 12” X 3.14 = 37.68,”
37.68 divided by 20 = 1.88,”
Round it off to about 1 7/8”.
This should give you a 12” drum.

You can do the same with any diameter drum you want.

I hope this will help you out, & thanks for your question. Don’t be afraid to ask me anything else.

Regards, Dick Cain

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#3 posted 10-25-2006 12:48 AM

Hi Obi,
Another thing I forgot to mention. The 9 degree angle cut has to be perfect. remember a fraction of an angle, when multiplied 20 times can really give you trouble. Experiment with some scrap lumber, until it’s perfect.
If you don’t have a good saw that is accurate, Maybe a 9 degree router bit on a good table mounting would be the best bet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 10-25-2006 03:15 AM

I made 9 (nine) 6 sided pencil holders after I made a 7 sided tree house, so I understood the 9 degree thing. When I built the custom tree house for a friend in his front yard he made me draw up plans and everything because he didn’t want his beatiful suburbanite home with a mess in his front yard. I made it with maple floors, T-111 siding, dual paned windows and shiplap for the roof. It’s almost water proof, except the rain manages to seep down the branches and drips off the first node? it comes to. It wasn’t until I measured the first three floor joists that he told me the whole 360 degree divided by the number of sides and then divide it by two to get the proper cut. And I wasn’t so much concerned with the overall drum size being 12” exactly, i figured after I made the first one I could then figure out the rest of them. I’m an amature drummer so I was just thinking about making a complete drum set and see how they turned out. I’m an absolute wood nut so I wanna make everything possible out of wood. I’ll probably try the 1 1/2” board width and I’ll probably make them out of 1/2” stock so they’re lighter. I’ll keep you posted.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 11-19-2006 01:40 AM

Dick: I continue to be amazed at how difficult the projects that you attack are, and how well you pull them off. This is a very complicated process, and they are quite beautiful. Thanks for posting them. You are truly amazing in your abilities to do wonderful woodworking projects.

Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 11-19-2006 02:07 AM

Thanks Mark,
I enjoy the challenge of trying something new. I have a lot of things on a list in my mind, That’s all I have to do is dig for them.

Dick

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#7 posted 12-09-2006 11:40 AM

So how did your son think the sound was when he played them? Also the dowel plugs are they just for looks/design or are serving any purpose?

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#8 posted 12-09-2006 02:38 PM

Hi Roger,
They sounded fine, & the plugs are strictly for show. The originators of this type of drum would use anything available for a drum.
DIY-TV has a nice project. Look up on the complete show index for “Drum Table”.

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_wwk/

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 10-07-2008 02:48 AM

these are cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 10-07-2008 01:20 PM

A big Thank you, Matt!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 10-07-2008 02:34 PM

cool, indeed!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 10-23-2008 06:37 PM

I thank you for your interest. realfEZ

You hold it between your legs, & play like Conga, or Bongo drums.

Thank you Debbie, even though I’m a little late.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 10-23-2008 06:37 PM

Well done Dick are you trying to tell us you did this without Barb’s help I can’t quite see that somehow!!! are you sure Poor dear Barb didn’t make them and you kept her supplied with piping hot mugs of tea.LOL well done my son Russell plays drums and guitars well done again nice project.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 10-23-2008 06:40 PM

Thanks Alistair!
Barb keeps me well nourished, so I don’t starve. <(:O)#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 04-19-2013 06:08 PM

These are very nice. Thank you for the contact to Jim.

-- RusticBru of Utah, bpsheelydesigns.com

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