Bongo Cajons All Wooden Drums

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Project by Steve Preslar posted 12-27-2016 08:51 PM 777 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These bongo cajons measure 16×7 x 7 inches. Sides are 1/2 inch birch ply and top is 1/8 inch ply. Tone of the drums can be controlled by changing the tops thickness, the thinner the wood, the deeper the sound is. Two sound chambers separated with birch ply, small for high notes, large for low notes. These are a really fun build and sound great!

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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#1 posted 12-27-2016 09:42 PM

I assume that because they are open on the bottom that they need no sound hole. Is there a formula for increasing the size. i’d like to build a coffee table sized one.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 10:09 PM

Yes, you are correct, about the sound hole, but there many ways of making them if you wanted it closed except for a sound hole in front for better projection. I don’t know of a formula, but there very well could be. It also might be helpful to look at the sizes used in making a regular sized cajon as a reference for your coffee table.

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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