design your cajon

Step 1: Design it!

This is the most important step.  Take your time with it.  Whether you’re building one cajon or twenty, you want to optimize …

pick the materials for building a cajon

Step 2: Pick materials

The types of wood you use when building your cajon are critical.  They will effect the tone, lifespan, and looks of your …

materials needed to build a cajon

Step 3: Go Shopping

This step is really going to depend on a few variables.  If something doesn’t apply to you, that’s fine.  We were buying …

Cuts (3)

Step 4: Cut your boards

When your cajon is finished, you will want the grain of the shell to wrap all the way around. The grain on …

clamping and gluing the cajon shell

Step 5: Glue the shell

We glue the shell first, before we do the internals or the faces. When we were starting out, I would do this …

make your own cajon internal baffles

Step 6: Internals and Snares

Snares The most common thing inside cajons are snare wires.  People have spent tons of time and money developing different types of …

attaching the cajon face with screws

Step 7: Faces?

Are you going to glue them or screw them?  Let’s talk about the options: Glue it: Glueing is going to give you …

sound holes

Step 8: The Sound Hole

Pick your shape People go crazy with their sound holes, and with the popularity of CNC routers and laser tables, the cajon …

round router

Step 9: Sanding

We need to clean up some edges, round some corners, and get your cajon ready to seal.  This can be done with …

screws attaching the cajon face

Step 10: Finishing touches

Feet We’ve used stick-on felt pads and sticky rubber furniture feet, but we recommend screw-on rubber feet for their grip and versatility. …