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A Cajon on Commission

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-16-2017 09:54 PM 599 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make a cajon for someone. They liked my price and I duid the deed. My cajons are made from a quarter sheet of 1/2 in. plywood, using just about every scrap of the wood. The tympan panel is made from thinner plywood, ideally 1/8 inch or there abouts. For this one i had a convenient drawer bottom that was thin enough.

The snare inside is a snare drum wire which I cut in two to give me a set of two.

I have a very detailed set of plans I use to make these.

It basically shows me the cut from the sheet of plywood and where to cut the rabbets for putting the thing together. I need to adjust the measurements gecause the plywood I buy is 1/4 in. shorter in one dimension now.

I stained the tympan piece with red mahogany stain and finished the body with several coats of polyurethane. Brass screws hold the tympan on. This instrument gained the approval of my musician wife, so I know for sure I did well. This is only the fourth full size cajon I’ve made.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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SirGareth

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#1 posted 09-17-2017 12:01 AM

Nice job Dave! Congratulations on the commission.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#2 posted 09-17-2017 06:17 PM

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#3 posted 09-17-2017 06:46 PM

You are very creative and it is really interesting.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 09-17-2017 07:06 PM

Kind words from all. Thanks. I hope to do more creative things in the near future. Still tryting to settle time slots between the job and the daughter being at college.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 09-18-2017 07:17 PM

Can I copy those highly detailed plans?
Never having built one it looks interesting.
I guess it must sound OK since your musical partner said you did well!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 09-19-2017 12:32 AM



Can I copy those highly detailed plans?
Never having built one it looks interesting.
I guess it must sound OK since your musical partner said you did well!

- oldnovice

Copy away! It’s just basically notes to myself, the rest is memory. You may want to research cajons generally if you want to build one. There’s no one standard kind. Some have the hole in the back like mine or on the side, the hole size and height can vary as well.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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