Mahogany and Birch Cajón

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Project by Ron Aylor posted 08-25-2016 11:06 PM 573 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With 4/4 Mahogany sides, top, and bottom and 1/8” Birch ply tapas this cajón measures 13” wide by 12” deep by 20” high. The snare housing is attached via velcro (for easy removal) to the inside of the front tapa (or head). I only wish you could hear the deep bass and crisp snare sounds produced. Tonal bass sounds are produced by closing off any number of the tone holes with the left hand. The tapas are permanently attached, which I feel makes for a much cleaner sound (no rattle). I finished the cajón with cherry stain and several coats of tung oil.

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#1 posted 08-26-2016 12:29 PM

Nice cajón! Isn’t the point of the slightly loose corner to replicate a snare when slapped on that corner?

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 08-26-2016 12:53 PM

Nice cajón! Isn t the point of the slightly loose corner to replicate a snare when slapped on that corner?

- drbyte

That particular sound occurs when the top corners are pround on the case by a slight degree … as they are on this one. There is a 1/16” gap for about an inch and a half horizontally and vertically at each corner. The remainder of the tapa is securely glued in place. A more traditional snare mechanism is permanently affixed inside the case; OR, perhaps strings woven inside the case … this is why the head needs to be removable. I get around this by having the snare mechanism removable.

Thanks for asking!

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#3 posted 08-27-2016 01:35 AM

Nice job!

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