Looks good Kenh. I like the simple design.
I've been a table-thumper, thigh-slapper, doumbek player and Scottish Bass drummer. But I was challenged by my friends of the local band Pine Island Sound to come up with something more suitable to play along with them. So I created my first cajon from dulcimer and Anglo-Saxon lyre construction scrap. I didn't want a "sit on" cajon, but something I could hold on my lap, or in my arms like an autoharp or a musical washboard. I also didn't want a deep bass sound or high treble sound. So here's what I came up with:
10" x 18" x 2-1/4". Two tones from two different wood species and thicknesses on the two faces. The one-piece side is a 3/16" slice of Oregon Myrtle leftover from a lyre project. The divided side is 1/8" Sitka spruce salvaged from an acoustic piano soundboard by some guys I know who are doing that. One of the pieces already had a hole in it. As internal and external joint braces I added 1/8" x 2'' strips of Ash leftover from an archer's bow build I did a couple years back. The sides are maple piano frame salvage.
updated by @ken-hulme: 12/21/21 04:13:20PM
Steven - cajon means "box" so technically they are all cajons, but the three small horizontal ones are divided into two chambers and held between the legs or in the lap. So most people would call them bongos. The vertical ones are sat on while playing and would be what most people think of when they think "canon."