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Re: Building cajon

Postby p.a.dogs1 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:08 pm

bongosnotbombs wrote:… dimensions of several Cuban bajo style cajons.
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Thank you. :)

It is nice to know the dimensions of all these cajones. A problem is that you find so many different qualities of plywood - f. e. birch from Sibiria or from Finland - which have influence on the sound. And up to 1 cm thickness even the direction of grain has an effect on the response.
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Re: Building cajon

Postby bongosnotbombs » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:24 pm

Yes, luckily a cajon is very inexpensive and easy to make.
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Re: Building cajon

Postby p.a.dogs1 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:59 pm

:!:

And a compilation could become an endless undertaking.
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Re: Building cajon

Postby p.a.dogs1 » Fri May 06, 2011 9:21 am

Finally the finished cajones of the project:

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Re: Building cajon

Postby Mike » Fri May 06, 2011 10:37 am

Most beautiful objects of art!!! :D
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Re: Building cajon

Postby willie55 » Fri May 06, 2011 12:22 pm

YOU INSPIRED ME TO MAKE ONE..very unique artwork makes them stand out
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Re: Building cajon

Postby bongosnotbombs » Fri May 06, 2011 2:58 pm

p.a.dogs1 wrote:Finally the finished cajones of the project:

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wow, those looke fantastic. Excellent job. How do they sound? They look like smaller ones.
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Re: Building cajon

Postby Chupacabra » Fri May 06, 2011 6:18 pm

Definitely unique. I like some of those designs. Do you have snares in any of them?

I have been wanting to make 1 or 2 cajones for awhile but have been way too busy with work and other stuff to take on any projects for the time being. I'll be looking back at this thread in the coming months though, once everything settles to "normal"!
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Re: Building cajon

Postby p.a.dogs1 » Fri May 06, 2011 7:04 pm

It was a surprise for me as well, when I saw the result. I accompanied the work until the prime coat. The artwork was made by the kids autonomously.

In the raw wooden state two of the cajones with conical cut surface sound better than the other two. The biggest (ca. 38-40 cm diameter) has a very full bass tone and it is really inspiring to play on it. The next (32 cm diameter) did not have the same quality but became better after been painted. The one with 29 cm diameter is excellent and the smallest (26 cm diameter) does not sound fully - in my plans it should be only 28 cm high but the carpenter ignored it and made the pieces of same height than the others (ca. 68 cm).

The corpus of the bigger box-cajon is made of poplar (12mm). This makes it rather loud. But the sound-hole in the bottom seems not to be optimal. The backside is birch (6,5mm), glued completely onto the corpus, the frontside is also birch, but only 4mm and screwed.

The smaller box-cajon was just a try and had originally two beating sides. It should have been played sideways while lying on the thighs. But finally sombody built some skids "under it" (= on the better side). The corpus is from 9mm birch plywood. The beating sides are from birch - one 4mm and one 3mm (which sounded better).

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No snares inside. For this we use normal afro-peruvian styled cajones.

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Re: Building cajon

Postby Cangrejero7 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:11 am

Hey guys! currently building a Bajo cajon and am curious as to differences in sound regarding the opening
Ive noted 2 designs, the Yoruba Andabo one with the opening on the bottom and the Pancho Quinto one with the opening on the far side
How are the sounds and differences, pros or cons for both?
Id rather use one of these designs instead of the 'standard type' of hole deadsmack in the back center
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Re: Building cajon

Postby bongosnotbombs » Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:31 am

A friend of mine's cajon was coming apart a little bit, so I traded my cajon for it and just fixed it up. It sounds really good, deep deep bass.
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Re: Building cajon

Postby p.a.dogs1 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:35 pm

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I read the more detailled description in your blog. My graphic shows two assisting actions, which help for the statics.

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Re: Building cajon

Postby yoni » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:03 am

Hi all,

I love cajon too... here's a clip where I play one built by a percussionist friend of mine here in Israel, Shay Konforti. I don't know the dimensions of it, or how he built it, but I somehow like the sound of it better when it's in the horizontal position. There is another clip on youtube of me playing it in the normal vertical position.

Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5YKw5ANHaQ
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Re: Building cajon

Postby GuruPimpi » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:15 pm

Yoni! No comment! ;) You're my favourite here!
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Re: Building cajon

Postby yoni » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:25 pm

Thank you GuruPimpi!! :D
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