DIY Cajon


Senior Member
So...I am going to be possibly playing in a folk band soon and I need to expand on my percussive selection.

I want to add a cajon to my setup and I want to make one to save $$.

I was just wondering the types of wood that would be best for it.

In my mind, I want a warm tone with good punch and good was thinking walnut for the top and sides, maple for the bottom, and birch for the front and back.



Platinum Member
All birch ones sound great. Selecting the right pieces of wood for each part is a bit of a challenge, and the hardest part is all the trial and error required to get a great deep bass sound from the tapa. I'm seeing some cherry and a few other woods, but it seems this is mostly for looks.

A member here did his own that came out looking great. From memory, think his username was "notherjason" or something to that effect. Run a search for Cajon.