How to Build a Cajón Box Drum

- Mar 22, 2019-

A cajon drum box is a box-shaped percussion musical instrument that traces its roots to the early African slaves brought to Peru. The word 'cajon' means box or drum in Spanish. The story goes that, the slaves had all their drums snatched by their European masters with the intention of crushing their spirit. But the wily slaves fashioned a drum from simple wooden crates, which would go undetected when a search was conducted for any musical instruments. This is how the cajon came into being.


A cajon drum box is a box-shaped percussion musical instrument that traces its roots to the early African slaves brought to Peru. The word 'cajon' means box or drum in Spanish. The story goes that, the slaves had all their drums snatched by their European masters with the intention of crushing their spirit. But the wily slaves fashioned a drum from simple wooden crates, which would go undetected when a search was conducted for any musical instruments. This is how the cajon came into being.



The cajon is played by sitting on the top surface and keeping the box slightly inclined. The player then slaps the front head, called the Tapa, with his bare hands. The back or the sides can also be slapped for additional sound effects. Also, certain objects like sticks can be used to play the instrument for varied beats.


Black Birch Wood Box Drum Cajon


WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Here's a list of what you'll need in order to make your cajon:

Plywood (AC 5 ) 19"x66" w/ 0.5" thickness

Luan 13"x20" w/ 3/16" (or 1/4" thickness)

Drum Snare (Ebay has good deals; just search: "Gibraltar SC-1316 Replacement Snare Drum Wire") 

3/4" Soft Touch Furniture Glides (found @ Lowes)

1" Still Oak Panel Nails (hammer)

1" Screws (drill & screwdriver)

Elmers School Glue 


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