|Project by weatherley||posted 12-27-2012 09:11 AM||4237 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
Going back as far as I can remember, I’ve always been a musical guy. I played the violin, then trumpet then moved on to bass guitar and finally 6 string guitar. My real dream though was to play drums. My parents wouldn’t let me get a drum set (despite incessant nagging) so I joined a band and played lead guitar but would often switch over to drums on a few songs.
My brother (also musical) and I have always talked about these as a great instrument to satiate the constant thirst for making beats and percussion. When I drew his name at Xmas this year I went down to our local music shop and saw a nice sounding cajon which was $299 on sale plus the $80 bag. Not prepared to outlay that cash I drew up some rough measurements on the back of a receipt and started building. This is the finished product.
Cajons are small, portable and dynamic sounding box drums. Mine has 3/4 phillipine mahogany top bottom back and sides and a 1/8 Baltic birch tapa or drum head. I also built an adjustable snare so the drum can toggle from a tight (almost military sounding snare) to a conga feel. Works great and is driven by a 7/16 dowel into a 1 1/4” dowel. The approx measurements are 13” at top 15” at bottom and 19” tall. My brother is a big dude so the box is all rabbeted and braced with red oak at each joint as well. The snare mechanism is made from red oak sockets and hardwood dowels/knob.
It’s finished in Danish oil as it is a nice easy product for my brother to use to maintain the finish.
-- Steve | weatherley, Vancouver island