|Forum topic by Bingo969||posted 365 days ago||654 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
365 days ago
Howdy. Once again I have to start my post by saying I love reading through here and the fact that so many people take time out to share things they’ve learned, problems they’ve solved and generally providing a LOT of free wisdom and help to myself and others. Thank you!!
I’ve posted before about a friend of mine and myself and our hobby of building a type of Latin box drum called a Cajon. We’ve built quite a few now and have really got it down pretty well. We’ve sold about a dozen now and even have a couple of stores who will start stocking them. It’s pretty exciting to see how much our build quality has progressed since we started this and how our love of woodworking now has the potential to be a paying hobby and possibly more.
That said, our basic design is solid enough now that we can turn those out quickly and very well. I’ve found a VERY good locally owned lumberyard that provides us with very high quality wood and I love these guys (Anderson Lumber in St. Pete Florida. If you’re around that part of the world, check them out!) Now I’m ready to really start experimenting with some different woods and techniques.
So here is my question. By design, the front of these drums is made using 1/8” plywood. It has to be that thickness due to the fact that it’s the playing surface. Currently, we use Birch plywood. I’d really like to try some other materials, especially Maple. Our current lumber provider can only get maple in a minimum of 3/4” which is far too thick to be usable for this.
Does anyone have any experience in getting other plywoods that thin? It has to be a tone wood such as Birch, Maple, Bubinga, Mahogany, Basswood etc.
If I can’t find it locally, has anyone tried purchasing it online?
Any other thoughts?