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 your wood usage and buy the smallest pieces possible.  There’s no need to pay for wood you’re going to throw away.  A 24″x48″ sheet of plywood is relatively …

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 drum.  Cajons have been build with just about every species and type of wood around, with varying levels of success.  We want the first drum you build to …

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 …

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 …

sandpaper grits needed for cajon building

Step 8: Sanding

The lower the grit number, the rougher the paper.  When you’re trying to remove material quickly, start with a 60 grit or …

screws attaching the cajon face

Step 9: Finishing touches

Screws If you are using screws instead of glues, or if you want to reinforce loose parts of your face, screws are …