|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 08-14-2012 03:26 AM||3271 views||18 times favorited||13 comments|
I have heard these cajon (pronounced ku – hone) drums played on a couple occasions. They sound neat when played amongst other acoustic instruments. And hey, it’s only a box, so I thought I would give it a try!
I followed the measurements and construction techniques of Joe Cruz as outlined by a Woodworkers Guild of America video. The box is made of birch plywood.
There is also a corresponding article on the cajon.
Since I am in a veneering phase right now, I really wanted to make some nice looking fronts (drum heads). Thanks to Joe at VeneerSupplies.com for the excellent veneer. In the last picture from left to right (koa, birdseye maple, ebony, blue dyed).
I used the techniques from this YouTube video to create the adjustable snare.
The vinyl logo was cut by my wife on her Cricut machine.
The boxes that are dark are stained with General Finishes java gel stain. The finish is Deft semi-gloss lacquer (brush on first coat, aerosol spray can for the next couple coats. 400 grit sanding in between coats.
Here are a couple short videos of some friends playing one of the drums:
I had a friend take the photographs. Man, she made them look good!
I know everyone has their preferences, but I am curious to know which color/wood combination everyone likes?
-- Jeff, North Carolina