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A cajon is a six-sided Peruvian drum that’s a popular DIY instrument project. It’s a versatile and exciting instrument that can be played with your hands and feet simultaneously, producing a wide variety of tones and rhythms. You can take on this carpentry project with the right materials and a good plan. See Step 1 for more information. You should use pieces of wood that are all the same thickness when building a cajon. You need something thick and stable for the base, and something thin for the tapping surface.

If you use the same thickness throughout, the sound may not come out well. Thick pieces of wood will give you a good, stable base. A thin piece will produce better sound and make an ideal tapping surface.

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Uh oh, that wouldn’t be such a good idea. If you put the sound cosyruire on the very top, you will cover it up when you sit on it and block the sound from coming out.

You want the sound hole on the side, but if you have it too close to the top edge, you will risk covering it with your hands. You want the hole oriented so that it won’t accidentally get covered. This is the ideal set-up. Having the sound hole pointing towards the bottom will allow you to strike the tapa without accidentally covering the hole. You can put the hole on whatever side you want it on, but if it is pointing in the wrong direction, you risk accidentally covering it up. Think about where you will sit and strike the cajon.

Consider putting something under your cajon so it doesn’t scratch whatever surface it’s sitting on. Feet are also an important addition to help make the cajon level.

You do want some sort of base to protect your floor, but metal feet will be even more damaging than a bare cajon base. You want to cushion the base of your cajon and protect your flooring. The bare plywood on the base of the cajon can scratch some floors, so you definitely want something soft under it.

Scrap pieces of acjon, rubber, or cork would be perfect!

While you do want something cushioning your cajon, some materials are better than others. Materials like metal will only scratch your floor further. Instead, choose a soft material, like cork.

Also, on the rear piece, cut out a caon hole. Next, assemble the frame using wood glue and attach snares to the side that will be the striking surface. Finally, screw some costriire feet into the bottom of your cajon and smooth out the top edges so it’s comfortable to sit on.

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To costruird how to make your own snares for your coostruire, scroll down! Making Musical Instruments Folk Drums. To create this article, 17 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. Get enough plywood to build your cajon. Generally, a cajon is made of two different thicknesses of wood, thinner for the striking surface and slightly thicker cosstruire the rest of the instrument.


The tapa is the striking surface of the instrument, and you’ll generally use a piece sized 13 inch by 19 inch for most cajons. Cut out the required sheets of plywood. Prepare the body of the cajon by cutting the correct measurements to form the basic box.

Make sure the cuts are very straight by clamping a metal ruler to the sheet of plywood and using a jigsaw or circular saw. Trace a 12cm diameter hole on the rear piece. Drill a hole towards the edge of the marked sound hole, and use that as a starting point to cut out the sound hole with a jigsaw. Round and sand the edges to create an even and clean edge. One of the distinctive things about the sound of the cajon is the snare-drum-like rattle made when hitting the tapa.

This comes from attaching several strings of snares you can either make yourself, salvage from an old snare drum, or use new snares and attach to the inside of the drum. If you wanted to make your own, using old guitar strings, fishing line, or other wire would be perfectly appropriate for a homemade cajon. For rattles, try paperclips, sinkers, or other tiny metal salvaged materials that make a good rattling sound.

Part 1 Quiz True or False: Glue the basic frame.

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Start with the base and one of the side pieces, applying a liberal amount of wood glue. Next, glue the other side piece and the top to create the basic frame. Have a helper steady the pieces as you add the glue and keep them as straight as possible, or cut guide pieces to keep inside the box and ensure straight angles. Big carpentry clamps would be ideal, but luggage straps will do in a pinch. Strap ample pressure to the piece while the wood glue dries.

Let it sit for several hours before adding the back, tapa, and snares. Wipe off any excess glue with a wet cloth and read the instructions for the particular variety of wood glue you purchase for advice about pressure and drying time. Attach the snares before gluing on the tapa. Depending on what you’re using for snares, you can do this in a variety of different ways. Ideally, you might purchase some tuning pegs from the music store to be able to “tune” the snares periodically.

Stretch the snares diagonally from the top corners of the side that will be the tapa, roughly 3 inches from each corner on the top and on the side. Screw them in with wood screws, or attach them to tuning pegs for more control over the sound. Glue on the tapa and the back piece.

Apply the front and back piece as before and apply pressure for the same length of time. Orient the back piece so that the sound hole is at the base cajin the instrument, and the snares are at the top. You might also consider applying wood screws for added stability in your instrument. You’re going to be sitting on it, so it’s worth putting some extra strength into it. Part 2 Quiz Where should you put the sound hole?

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At the very top of the cajon. On the side, pointing towards the top. On the side, pointing towards the base. You can place it wherever you like! Cut out feet from leftover pieces of wood and screw them to the bottom.

Rubber or cork can also be used. It’s ideal to have a somewhat cushioning surface to set the box on, since it’s going to be holding up your weight as well. Putting plywood on the costruier can scratch some surfaces. Round the top side corners to make it more comfortable to sit on. Use sandpaper and take some time smoothing out the edges and the surfaces. Sand your costruird with progressively finer sanding paper, then finish to your liking.

Give it some flair. Decorate the instrument with your own personal style. Finish it with wood stain for a professional and classy look, or hook it up with psychedelic Neptunes and polar bears for a wild hippie look. Have fun with it. Part 3 Quiz What sort of material should you use for the feet of the cajon? The cajon doesn’t need feet—just leave it bare. Something durable, such as metal. Something soft, like wood, rubber, or cork.

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Any material you want, as long as there is something there. Any “big box” hardware store i. Neighborhood hardware stores are not likely cauon have all the plywood that you need.

Not Helpful 0 Helpful 4. However, keep in mind that adding paint might change the sound because of its weight and structure. Not Helpful 5 Helpful If you want to attach a snare, attach guitar strings on the cqjon side of the front head, stretching them so they are tight against the back panel.

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Not Helpful 1 Helpful 6. This has a base in the center near the bottom of the drum, and then the snares are in the top corners, right?

Of course, you will need to employ the proper striking techniques to really get the most out of those sounds, but that’s the main idea of it. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2. If you want to attach a snare, you will simply attach guitar strings on the back side of the front head, stretching them so they are tight against the back panel.

Not Helpful 6 Helpful 7. Yes, birch plywood takes stain quite well, just make sure your stain and final finish are compatible.