Cajon #2

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Project by Sam posted 01-03-2012 06:35 AM 2481 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can probably tell from the title, this is the second cajon that we have made. We made this for a really cool group of kids that we met this summer. The group Mosaic was performing at a friend’s house. I can’t say enough of how much I enjoyed their music! In the course of talking with the band, my son and I volunteered to make them this cajon (if they could use it). They were very excited and appreciative and we were delighted to build cajon #2! This one is made out of 1/2” baltic birch for the basic box, but the front is 1/8” baltic birch. We widened the “tipping wheels” on this one since we found that the skinnier wheels have a tendency to break. We added some sand to the polyurethane on the top to keep your bottom from sliding off. Behind the front panel (tapa) is a snare drum mechanism. The sound is pretty good on this one. The band loves it. We got to see it “on stage” at a performance in the late fall. Perhaps we’ll here it on their next album!

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 06:56 AM

Looks great, Sam. I love the “tipping wheels”

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 05:44 PM

Great looking Cajon! Like the tipping ‘wheel’ idea. I’ve been using rubber doorstops or rubber botton feet on some I made to keep them from sliding around. Where did you get your snare mechanism? Can it be turned on and off in this cajon?

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 06:16 AM

Thanks guys for the comments. Jim, you can get some info about cajons here My son and I saw one at church and decided we could build one, so after some research, we came up with this design. I believe the tipping wheels are something of my own invention since I have never seen them on another cajon. I purchased a 14” snare mechanism from a local music store, snipped it in half, and mounted both halves on a poplar frame behind the tapa, with only the wires touching the tapa. I can post additional pictures of the inside if you like. I originally had it so that the snare could be turned off, but I found that it sometimes would turn off accidentally if the front was pounded real hard so right now it is stationary. Let me know if you have any more questions! I will be posting Cajon #3 soon!

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 06:20 AM

Thanks Sam

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 05:18 PM

great drum i am going to make on for myself , how did you do the name on the front ?

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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