The box is nordic birch (12mm for the frame, 6,5mm for the back and only 2mm for the 'tapa', the "drumhead"), and I "loaned" the adjustable snare system from a Sonor cajon that I had a chance to peek into yesterday. The 5-ply 2mm aeroplane veneer might be a bit thin for the top. The bass is good, but overall sound might be a tad flappy. Thus I added an extra brace to support the hitting surface.
The sound? I'd need a real drummer to pop in and give it a slap.
The cajon is a one day project. I stained the top into rich mahogany and finished with a simple wash coat of shellac. Laatuvaneri in Oulu is the place to get any veneer you need, precisely cut into dimensions. Note to self: remember to add the extra 24mm to top and back plates...
Here are some pics of the build:
|The snare adjustment mechanism.|
|Getting it togehther|
|Turning this knob up gives full snare sound, turning it down lifts the snare wire off the head completely.|
|Inside view in bad lightning = long exposure = shaking hands = blurry image|