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Project by sugarpine posted 01-08-2012 11:06 PM 2363 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- sugarpine





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will delaney

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 11:21 PM

That is a beauty. The Sapele Pommele veener tapa was a good choice.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 11:46 PM

That’s one beautiful drum great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 04:25 AM

Our drummer showed up with one of these and suggested I could use it with my foot at my one man shows. Heck, I can hardly get around playing my guitar and singing, let alone kickin’ one of these things. They do have a good sound and are easy to pack around.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Manasseh

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 09:47 PM

Next on my list to do. How many Cajon’s do you think can be made from a standard sheet of birch plywood?
I figure if you can make one, you can make 2 or 3 at the same time…

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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sixstring

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 11:49 PM

That’s awesome man. I’m looking into building one myself and I started wondering if having all but the tapa side joined with dovetails for added sturdiness (and craftyness) would affect the tone. Guess we’ll have to try it both ways and see what happens. Thanks for the detailed pics as they are immensely helpful.

Keep ‘em coming!

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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