|Project by sugarpine||posted 01-08-2012 11:06 PM||2590 views||8 times favorited||5 comments|
A good friend, his wife and their friends are into making music. I saw a cajon drum being played at a concert and decided to make one as a gift for him. The cajon drummer at the concert was kind enough to let me look it over and answer lots of my questions. With his input and Google, I came up with this. For those unfamiliar with a cajon drum, the drummer sits on the box and strikes the front with his finger tips like a bongo player. Striking near the upper corners produces a snare like sound. The middle produces a deep bass sound.
The box is nothing special, a simple box of 1/2” baltic birch plywood with a 3/8” baltic birch back. The corners and edge treatments are maple. The interior braces and corner treatments are alder and oak (pretty much whatever I had in my scrap bin). The feet are birch.
The front (tapa) is 1/8” baltic birch plywood with sapele pommele veener on the front and beech veener on the back. It’s attached with 3/4” X 8-32 drawer pull machine screws. Since the tapa literally takes a beating, it needs to be easy to remove and replace or refinish.
The exterior is finished with multple coats of General Finishes Satin Gel Topcoat. The interior is unfinished.