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We've had a recent addition of a friend new to woodworking but willing to learn who has decided to spend some time around the shop. I've been teaching him the basic techniques required to dress lumber, glue up boards, use a router and sanding techniques. All of which were used on this project he decided to make as a Christmas gift for his brother.

What we have here is a Cajon, which is a drum that one sits on and plays with their hands. Although I'm a genius when it comes to wood working I can not keep a beat on a drum. So I'm hoping to shortly have a friend of mine over to give us a little demo on how to play a Cajon.

The dimensions are 13'' x 19'', we dressed the lumber to 7/8'' in thickness to allow for a very robust construction. A Cajon is an instrument that can be easily moved from one location to another, so it must be built like a rock. Not only does this increase the lifetime of the drum, it creates better sound by minimizing the distortion from the walls of the drum. The front panel is constructed with aircraft grade 6ply plywood yielding a playing surface that has great sound definition and minimal wear characteristics.

Have a look at this video of a few of my friends dropping by to play the cajons I have laying around the shop.

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Paul that is a sweet drum
I like the fact that you used solid timber

Have you a snare on it?

Jamie
 

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We used 4 E strings against the playing surface, they are attached with machine heads that would be on a guitar
 

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Very nice, great job, I've been thinking of building my own Cajon. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Wonderful drum
 

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Awesome!
Did you create your own design or use another plan?
I'd be interested in it either way.
 

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I have a friend that has a Fat Conga - String Cajon, we measured his and went from there all dimensions at the same expect wood thickness.

The difference is that his is 1/2'' baltic birch, where this one is 7/8'' Solid wood.

I've also built them in 1/2'' Baltic and 3/4'' Baltic and definitely the 3/4'' has better sound, deeper bass.
 

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You've built a nice drum here. I was wondering if you could take a photo with the head removed so I can see the interior?
 

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Yes i'll take a picture tonight, maybe not of this one but I have a few others here
 

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Nice, just saw your video.

Was wondering if the port is tuned? Or it is just a vent hole?
 

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I's not tuned, the length is the length of the wood thickness so in this case 7/8'', I just made the hole the same size as a Fat Conga cajon. My friend Reid says a fat cajon sounds the best so I basically built it just like it, except for better joints, better internals and solid wood.
 

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Hey, just wondering if you ever got that picture of the interior of the Cajon? Beautiful instrument by the way.
 

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Sorry I actually have not taken a picture
 
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