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Bongo Cajon - A Box that is a Drum

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 05-25-2017 12:14 PM 1415 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to make a woodworking project for an article in Esperanto and I thought this would be a good idea. My wife always likes getting another rythm instrument for her classroom. He kids tend to ‘fight’ over the ones that Mr. Rutan made. For the curious, the article won’t run for some months, but I’ll post here when it does.

I used some drawer wood that I had stashed away. It’s actually pretty good quality plywood, but it came from a drawer nonetheless. Because of its recycled nature, the size of the wood pretty much governs the size of the piece. The angles on the ends were done by eye. I just put a convenient stop block under one corner of the board and ran it through the table saw on my panel sled.

The drum is held together with glue applied to the rabbet joints on the end pieces. I made the rabbets on the TS by nibbling away with my blade. I don’t own a dado set.

I decided to stain the body of this drum because the piece for the top was so light in color. I used some water base mahogony stain that we had from when we refinished our secretary desk for the entryway. Waterbase stain is nice stuff when it comes to clean up. The final finish was spray lacquer.

[Below] Mandatory Glue up photo. This one is different that the one seen previously.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Woodknack

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#1 posted 05-25-2017 03:35 PM

Nice one Dave

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 05-25-2017 05:08 PM

Estas muziko por miaj okuloj.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#3 posted 05-25-2017 05:23 PM



Nice one Dave

- Rick M

Thanks, Rick!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 05-25-2017 05:24 PM



Estas muziko por miaj okuloj.

- nomercadies

Dankon, Amiko!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 05-25-2017 05:57 PM

Prety cool and interesting shape.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-25-2017 06:46 PM



Prety cool and interesting shape.

- majuvla

Here’s a picture showing how I made the angled cut on the two long sides.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 05-25-2017 09:27 PM

Good job, Dave! Looks great. How thick is the tapa?

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#8 posted 05-25-2017 10:03 PM



Good job, Dave! Looks great. How thick is the tapa?

- Ron Aylor

It’s about 1/8 in. thick.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 05-25-2017 10:04 PM


Good job, Dave! Looks great. How thick is the tapa?

- Ron Aylor

I bet it sounds awesome! Good work.

It s about 1/8 in. thick.

- Dave Rutan


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#10 posted 05-25-2017 11:07 PM

Very very cool Dave.

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#11 posted 05-26-2017 03:24 AM

Way cool! I made a few bongos myself, ain’t got no photos of them though. None of them were square like this, cool work I’m gona have to make one too.

Dave

-- "what a ya mean I don't believe in god, I talk to him every day.” Dave Mustiane.

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#12 posted 05-26-2017 10:59 AM

Thanks, Dave!

And thanks to everyone who put this project into the DT3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#13 posted 05-26-2017 11:39 AM

Dave, it looks very creative. I’ve never seen a drum like this and I wish you had a small audio of it – I’d like to hear it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#14 posted 05-26-2017 12:50 PM

I like it too. Very graceful shape and proportions.

-- Ron Stewart

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#15 posted 05-26-2017 01:21 PM

I like it. Your projects are always interesting. I can see why the kids like it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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