Cajon - well everyone else is doing it so why not.

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Project by NaFianna posted 08-02-2012 10:17 PM 3117 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There have been a few of thes posted on here in the last few weeks and I was looking for an idea for a 21st present for a family friend. So here it is – a box drum. All made from scraps of 18mm ply from a skip except for the front bit for which I bought a half sheet of 3mm. I was a bit dissappointed with the finish as I think it looked better without the dye. Hand drawn figure copied from the net. Also bought some wide head brass screws and a snare for inside. So all up about $25 cost with bits left ofer to make another. Finished with a few coats of satin poly which I had. And it sounds great.
Couple of things I discovered making this – my tools are very limited, I only have a hand saw and no plane. What I did to make my edges all straight was take a 3ft length of 3” x 2” wood and glued some 60 grit sandpaper completly covering one side and 180 grit on the other. I used this to get all my edges nice and straight and true and it really worked a treat. Big long sweeps could remove so much material. But you guys probably knew this already.
The other thing I discovered is that sitting on one of these and tapping away is very theraputic and incredibly addictive, even for a musical no-hoper like myself. You should try it. And if nothing else they are a pretty cool stool – this one will last forever.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 11:22 PM

I can’t wait to make one of these! with your limited tools this looks great!

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 11:27 PM

Neat! I love the Kokopelli on it too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 01:24 AM

can u take pics of the inside I made one for a friend a long time ago was wondering how someone else would go about it.

-- Zach @

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 03:13 AM

Nice looking cajon, especially considering your limited tooling !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 03:55 AM

I bought one of these for my son a few months back and ever since then I’ve been toying with the idea of making one.

Yours looks awesome and is definitely an inspiration to get started on one of my own.

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 01:15 PM

Looks like you’re mastering your hand tools. Great job.

-- Bryan

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#7 posted 08-03-2012 03:43 PM

is there anything on the inside? i need to make one of these. can’t play drums in apartment!! thanks!

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#8 posted 08-03-2012 10:16 PM

Good idea using the 3ft board with sandpaper attached. I’ll have to remember that as I don’t have any planes or a jointer.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#9 posted 08-13-2012 02:36 PM

I’ve built a few of these, yours looks great and your right even for us no muscians it’s a fun time to tap tap tap on. (-:

One thing different on the ones I made was the screws in the top corners were not added, so you would have a “snare” type sound kinda a snap, even leave a little space between the plywood and box corner.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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