Published on July 10th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


RASTa beats cajon

Link to video.

Materials: Rast nightstand

Description: A cajon made from the Rast nightstand. The pine boards from the RAST nightstand are assembled into a box and reinforced with dowel joints.

A snare is added to the interior which is made of 2 wood off-cuts and guitar string.

Front is 3mm plywood and rear is 6mm ply. Both are reclaimed wood, for eco cred.

See more photos of the Rast cajon.

~ Daryl Chan, Kuala Lumpur

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4 Responses to RASTa beats cajon

  1. Laura says:

    This is AWESOME!! One of the most inventive hacks I’ve seen in a while, and I LOVE cajons. I may even try this myself! :D

  2. nurseknits says:

    wait, I need more info on the snare. what kind of guitar string? how long should I cut the pieces? where, inside the drum, does it go? and how did you attach the plywood front and back? inquiring minds need to make one!

    • Daryl says:

      I used 2 low-E guitar strings, but that was experimental. I think thinner strings would work better, like the B or high E string. How long to cut the pieces is up to you. Slowly trim the length till you get the sound you want. Plywood is screwed on. For the front, be sure to leave the top corners free. Refer to the pix.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is great! I already own a cajon, but I’d be tempted to make another just for the sake of homemade.

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