Picture of Make your very Own Cajita Drum. (Latin Percussion)

You may have heard as an avid world Percussionist of the Legendary Cajita Drum. the Cajita drum is a wooden box with a handle over the lid. it is played slinged on your neck, and slamming the lid down to create the bass slap tone while hitting the sides with a mallet or a stick. the sound it produces is like that of a soprano cajon. In this Instructable you are going to make your very own without having to travel to South America to get one. this is an incredibly fun instrument for any age! so hey, lets begin!


Picture of ITEMS NEEDED:

so the items are pretty basic, you probably have them around your house.

- ACID Cigar Box.
these boxes are very very sturdy and have a great sound. look for one at your local tobbacco shop. (PS: I am not a Smoker and I do not nor am I trying to encourage anyone to smoke. I am rather a salvager and I really like cigar boxes). otherwise, look for another all wood sturdy cigar box (to build a snare cajita, make sure the bottom of the cigar box is thin). get creative!

-wood screw

-drill bit and drill to drill hole for the wood screw (haha, tounge twister)

-epoxy (two part)

-a string (In this case I chose a leather string I had laying around)

-a snare (i salvaged a few from old snare drums, i took them off and then simply cut them in half)

-blow dryer

and last but not least a dowel or a stick of some sort (here I used a wooden handle from a croquet hammer thing, I cut it in pieces and used one for the lid handle of the cajita and the slightly longer piece for the beater)

Kiteman1 year ago

Oh, we really need a video of this being played!

WolfgangCanoGuitars (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
will getcha one tomorrow!

Cool - you can embed it into one of your steps.