Fixture for Brush Finishing Cajons

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Project by Lee Barker posted 01-25-2013 06:24 PM 2070 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bottom of the box is finished first, two coats. When that’s dry, two boxes are mounted on the 12” square plates on the ends of the spindle. Four washer head screws do the job nicely.

These cajons are 14” square and 18”’ high.

The lamp is designed to shine horizontal light on the surface. The gooseneck is a little small. It will be replaced.

The small bar clamp is holding a wedge against the 1” galvanized pipe axle to give it more friction. I think I can come up with a slightly more elegant way to apply adjustable force.

But overall the device functions well. Wheels out of the way when not in use. I can do one box and go to the other side to do the other (it’s all about handedness).

I can roll it into a distant corner of the shop and apply finish (WB poly, 3 coats typically) and it doesn’t interrupt anything else.

The base of the fixture is 30” high, 18” x 32” deck, with two fixed wheels one end and a handle at the other. This particular “universal” tool base is adjustable in height. As it is, the work is just right for careful brushing.

The only weakness is there is no available light for brushing the end of the box, which is the top. Perhaps a hand held LED flashlight (magnetic, so it stays with the base) would suffice.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 06:27 PM

Very innovative,good job Lee


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#2 posted 01-25-2013 06:34 PM

Nice jig! Love making the cajons. Add a low RPM rotisserie motor for the ultimate in convenience during finishing and an especially smooth dried finish!!

-- Dennis, WV

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