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Project by scottishbob posted 07-04-2012 06:48 PM 2073 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first cajon, made using 18mm birchply and 4mm brichply for the front (tapa) and a drum snare inside,
It has a nice bass sound to it . i would welcome any comenents on how best to do a string snare inside. thanks for looking

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

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 10:08 PM

Hi there I am just about to start one of these as a present for a friend of my son. I have the ply apart from the front / tapa bit and I have a 11” drum snare. Would love some more details – dimensions and how you attached the snare. Like your feet.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 10:09 PM

Farrrrr out cool

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 03:19 AM

I have built several of these. I have used rubber door knob bumpers as feet (Lowes). They grip the floor if you want to lean back on the drum. Also the snare I only use half of the springs. I cut them in half. I mount a block at the top of the drum with a forty five degree angle on it so the springs will be under constant pressure. I mount the tail of the springs to that block. Also mounting the springs high in the body will allow a distinct difference in the snare and base. hope this helps. Also use only glue foe the body and back. It takes a lot of clamps. But the less screws you use the better. The hole should be about six inches. I have came up with some neet hole patterns to use as well. They can be a work of art. I do leather tooling as well and have thought about wrapping one in leather.

-- HardHead.

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 09:49 AM

Hardhead.. would love to see some pics of them and how you done the holes, i rebated the frame ,no screws used only glue , i mounted the snare with two 45degree cut blocks , ..screwed with one screw each side , then a 2×1 cross member screwed to each block to hold the snare , the snare system can turn easy on and off buy reaching inside and turning it, as the one screw in the each block acts as a pin.
have you done any with strings?

overall size of box (no feet) 480mm x 300mm x 300mm

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 04:00 AM

yes i do. I will get you some pics.

-- HardHead.

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