Two more Bongo Cajones

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 05-20-2013 05:46 PM 1694 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two more bongo cajones I built for my daughter to give as a present to her music teachers. They are made of ‘drawer wood’, that is wood that I rescued from drawers I found along the curb. It is usually between 1/2 in. and 3/8 in. thick. I have a basic drawing I used to make these, but really, I dimensioned the length and height to suit the wood I had on hand.

Unlike my last attempt, this time I mitered the corners which made the piece look better overall. The top is 1/4 inch plywood, which was from a drawer bottom. The mallets are made from 1/4 in dowel 1 foot long with a ‘superball’ on the end. The ball is drilled about 1/2 way through and glued on with epoxy.

Note: ‘superballs’ are found cheaply in the party section of dollar stores. They are in the party favors section.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 06:12 PM

Very nice gifts Dave. It is a good thing to recycle wood. I did not know what this drum sounded like so I searched the internet and listened to a man play one with his hands. I was wondering if by using the superball stick the drum produces a different sound.

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 06:15 PM

Fun and cool ,nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 06:16 PM


The sound is more pronounced with the mallets. Children probably won’t like the force needed to get a good sound from a wooden drum.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 06:43 PM

I dig those, might have to make me a set. You should try these Tongue drums The kids really dig them and you don’t have to bang too hard for the sould.

Thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 05-20-2013 07:57 PM

Very nice!! I have made a few tounge drums (like those with slits in the top). I would like to make more instruments. I hear Paduak is a good wood for the tops as far as sound goes. Good job!!

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 04:11 PM

Such cool gifts! Another creative and interesting way to recycle wood. Way to go!

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