|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 301 days ago||909 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
My dear wife showed me a picture online of a $40+ box in a catalog and asked if I could make her one or two for her class at school, (she teaches general/choral music K-5.) The catalog called it a ‘Bongo Cajon’. It’s a cajon that is bongo sized and open on the bottom and can be played with the hands or a rubber tipped mallet. I said that it looked very possible if I had the right wood.
So I took down the measurements in the catalog and made a few drawings to remind myself of the project. A few weeks later i saw a chest of drawers along the road for the trash. The sides of some drawers are about 1/2 inch thick wood and sometimes solid wood. I snarfed up four of the drawers and took them home for disassemble.
I’m not sure what the wood is, but i’m leaning towards maple. It cut very nicely, but not like pine. I angled the cuts 5 degrees to give it the shape and fit the ends in with a rabbet. The top is made of 1/8th inch plywood that a friend had. Everything is held together with glue.
The end result is very satisfactory even though I know my joinery isn’t first class. These free projects give me a chance to practice and learn.
-- Beware the flying swarf!