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Build a cajón drum?

If I can do it I will build a cajón for my grandson for Christmas. Just heard about his interest this morning and don't think I have a lot of time to research before I get going. Any ideas out there? We could buy one but what's the fun in that?

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If I can do it I will build a cajón for my grandson for Christmas. Just heard about his interest this morning and don't think I have a lot of time to research before I get going. Any ideas out there? We could buy one but what's the fun in that?

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I built one for my son a couple of years ago. It was pretty easy. I'll find the link I based mine on and post it.

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If I can do it I will build a cajón for my grandson for Christmas. Just heard about his interest this morning and don't think I have a lot of time to research before I get going. Any ideas out there? We could buy one but what's the fun in that?

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I built one about two years ago but don't recall posting anything about it. I can't really play it, or at least can't do it justice, but we keep it on stage at church and the people (drummers, percussionists) that have played it said it sounds good. I used some 3/4" Birch plywood for the top and bottom that I had from another project and the back, front, and sides are Baltic Birch, 1/4", 1/8", and 1/2" respectively. One knob engages the snares and one locks them into place. They can be adjusted for no snare, partial, or full or anywhere in between. It has a coat of sanding sealer and a couple of coats of Nitrocellulose lacquer. I took about a week to build it but if I recall the build I think you could start it one day and finish it the next if you glue up the top/bottom in a frame and internal bracing like I did - quicker if you don't do it that way.

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The article I used as a starting point for the cajon I built for my son is:

https://www.wwgoa.com/article/build-...um-like-a-pro/

He plays it and seems to really like it.

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For those of you who are interested but can't find the time to look ... here's an impressive player getting good sound from one.
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