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Unread 06-22-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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Building a Cajon?

Has anyone attempted to build a Cajon before? What type of wood(s) do you use and where could I find a good HowTo?

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Unread 06-22-2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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I don't know if I'd even bother building one since MF has them for the cost of a couple of sheets of good plywood.
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Some friends of mine actually built two different styles. One is the tradition style that you sit on. The second was a "lap cajon" that was designed to take on trips where space was at a premium. I don't think he has those plans any longer though.
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I don't know if I'd even bother building one since MF has them for the cost of a couple of sheets of good plywood.
I could do that, but I'd really like the experience and satisfaction of building one from scratch. Plus, my dad used to own his own wood working business so I already have all the tools necessary.

And thanks for the link, it was very informative.

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Some friends of mine actually built two different styles. One is the tradition style that you sit on. The second was a "lap cajon" that was designed to take on trips where space was at a premium. I don't think he has those plans any longer though.
That's unfortunate. I was browsing through some old threads and found a link you posted that had pics of it. It doesn't look too hard to build.
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Unread 06-22-2009, 07:05 PM   #5
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I could do that, but I'd really like the experience and satisfaction of building one from scratch. Plus, my dad used to own his own wood working business so I already have all the tools necessary.

And thanks for the link, it was very informative.


That's unfortunate. I was browsing through some old threads and found a link you posted that had pics of it. It doesn't look too hard to build.
I keep wanting to build one for our Youth Minister. He's a solid drummer. I hear you on the "satisfaction" from building one. It's still a fairly uncommon instrument and the cool factor would be very high. I saw a bluegrass band using one a while back...
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That's unfortunate. I was browsing through some old threads and found a link you posted that had pics of it. It doesn't look too hard to build.
Ah...I had forgotten that I posted the link on CGR. That was actually the webpage that I was trying to find. It should give you a rough idea how to build the internal portion of the snare head. The rest of it is pretty much as simple as building a wooden box that will support the weight of a person.
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Ah...I had forgotten that I posted the link on CGR. That was actually the webpage that I was trying to find. It should give you a rough idea how to build the internal portion of the snare head. The rest of it is pretty much as simple as building a wooden box that will support the weight of a person.
Upon looking at it again I notice he only uses 2 strings, most other pics I've noticed between 4 and 6.
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The Meinl Headliner Cajon given in the link only has two strings.. I don;t know about the higher end ones. If you are a good woodworker I say go for it because that Cajon is not really high quality at all, decent for the price sure, but I would go with the build since it sounds like you would know what you are doing with a little direction.
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Upon looking at it again I notice he only uses 2 strings, most other pics I've noticed between 4 and 6.
I think it really just depends on what you're going for. I don't think 2 strings is uncommon. I noticed in the Casey Connor design that he uses six, but that he also used classical guitar strings and that he didn't run them along the entire length of the snare board. It seemed like he was going for a more personal design than following typical cajon design.
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