Blue Haze Cajon 1

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Project by drbyte posted 02-24-2011 08:10 PM 1695 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first cajon (Peruvian Box Drum) and I had to change the top corner screw locations to get better ‘snap’ sound. Works great, good high sound in top corners, good mid Tom-Tom sound about 1/3 of way down and really great Kick-Drum thump when smacked almost dead center. I have made about 7 of these now. We use them for jam sessions and my son takes them to 4-H camps for teaching-jamming. They really are a ‘drum-kit-in-a-box’! Fun to make, just a box, 1/2 or 3/4 inch ply for 5 panels, 1/8-3/16 birch ply for front. Hole in back, which I’ve experimented quite a bit does not seem real critical in size or shape. On my later models I’ve been using 4 2.5 inch holes in a ‘clover pattern, seems to work fine and easier to do with a hole-saw. These have several coats of hand-rubbed Danish oil, first coat applied with 600 grit wet-or-dry paper. Really makes them smooth to the touch. This one is approx. 22 inches tall and about 13” square. I’ve made two for smaller chiildren, one at 12” tall and one at 16” tall. I made one small flat one for a very young child about 12” square and 4” thick, kind of a lap drum style. They’re lots of fun and everybody has a blast banging around on them! Try one out sometime!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 10:13 PM

oh I’ll bet that has a nice sound to it..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 12:51 AM

Thanks Roger. I like it, good deep kick-drum thump to it.

-- Dennis, WV

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