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Project by choppertoo posted 03-24-2013 04:21 PM 1244 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going to build a cajon for my son as he is quite an accomplished musician. While searching the web for design ideas I ran across a video of a guy playing an instrument that looked like this so I got to work and built my own version. The heads have a through hole into the body of the drum which projects sound nicely outward.

Baltic birch body, black walnut ‘skins’ finished with several coats of shellac then a couple of coats of polyurethane. I will wax it to a buttery smooth finish before I give it to him.

Thanks for looking.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 04:54 PM

Really cool design. They look great.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 05:05 PM

Cool design looks good. I would not mind making one for someone as long as they did not live in the same house or next door ya know? (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 05:42 PM

Nice work, I like the design and look. I have a buddy who loves projects with tight lines exposed from Baltic Birch and othe quality plywoods.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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josh

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 10:02 PM

Sweet! That looks great. I should tell David.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 03:35 AM

Very cool! I just finished a couple of Cajons, but I’ll have to make a couple of these to. Going into my fav’s….

-- Bryan

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 01:53 PM

Nice work! How think is the black walnut skins?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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choppertoo

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#7 posted 03-26-2013 12:57 AM

Thanks Kindlingmaker. The skins are just shy of an 1/8 inch thick.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 04:02 AM

Beautiful. How does it sound? Would you be willing to share some dimensions? I have a brother that I would really like to make something like this for…

-- Of all the things I've lost - I miss my mind the most!

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#9 posted 04-01-2013 11:59 AM

This piece echoes nothing so much as early Klipschorn speakers or the Bose sound system. Probably sounds just as good too, minus the heart attack price. Clean, neat and attractive with those walnut skins and fine plywood lines – a fine interpretation.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#10 posted 04-01-2013 01:28 PM

Very nice and quite unusual. I would love to hear him play it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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choppertoo

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#11 posted 04-01-2013 08:27 PM

Thanks everyone for the positive coments.

@Gene- too funny, a room mate of mine had a set of Klipschorn speakers when I was in Germany mannnnny years ago. I thought about the similarity as well.

The large side puts out a sweet and varied sound. If I were to build another I would probably make the smaller side just a little larger or make walls of the cylinder a little thinner with hopes of a more varied sound producing capablility. As it is the smaller side though less rich in sound makes for a nice counter balance to the larger side.

@elfman – the large side is 8.5 inches the smaller side is 6 inches. The walls on the cylinder are aproximately 1 inch thick/wide. Front to back is 10.5 inches.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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