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Meinl Make Your Own Cajon Ovangkol Frontplate 

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One of the most popular Latin percussion instruments today is the Cajon and now with the new MEINL Cajon Kit you can build your own. The kit comes wi...Read More

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A do-it-yourself Cajon kit for the handy percussionist on a budget.

One of the most popular Latin percussion instruments today is the Cajon and now with the new MEINL Cajon Kit you can build your own. The kit comes with all the parts and a list of the materials and tools you need. The instructions will guide you through this fun project and at the end you will be able to customize the finish of the instrument by adding oil, a lacquer, wax, or paint it with an entirely unique design.


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SPECIFICATIONS

Make Your Own Cajon

  • 1 x assembly instructions in 7 languages
  • 2 x side panels
  • 1 x base panel
  • 1 x top panel
  • 1 x rear panel
  • 1 x playing surface (with MEINL logo)
  • 2 x side battens
  • 1 x base & 1 x top batten
  • 1 x securing batten for the snare
  • 1 x snare
  • 4 x rubber feet
  • 15 x screws 3 x 20 mm (for playing surface)
  • 4 x screws 4 x 15 mm (for rubber feet)
  • 2 x screws 3 x 12 mm (for snare)
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MeinlMake Your Own Cajon
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (11)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Huge tone (4)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Sensitive (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small venues (10)
    • Accompaniment (5)
    • Jazz clubs (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Parts cut & fit well, with good results

    This was a Christmas gift for our 11 year old son who has Autism, and he was pining for a drum. We felt a Cajon would be a low cost starter kit to improve...Read complete review

    This was a Christmas gift for our 11 year old son who has Autism, and he was pining for a drum. We felt a Cajon would be a low cost starter kit to improve his motor skills. It was a father & son project, with good fun and a great memory of accomplishing this together.

    Cajons are very simple box percussion instruments, and as such are very easy to assemble. All I needed was some wood glue, 2 drill bits, a power drill-driver, a angle square, and a few wood clamps.

    As a kit I'm impressed with the quality. I bought the deluxe Ovangkol frontplate version, and I highly recommend spending the little extra for the better tone and playing response over the base line model. Ovangkol tonewood, made famous by Taylor Guitars in their 400 series acoustics, provides a wonderful tone and nice appearance that turns heads and strikes up conversations wherever we go with it. This cajon is great to take on camping trips and other vacations.

    Only thing I recommend is to dry fit the parts first before you glue them to make sure they fit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent

    This is a DIY project and although it could have been better, I have a fully custom cajon from a kit.

    Band clamps and other clamps are required to apply the...Read complete review

    This is a DIY project and although it could have been better, I have a fully custom cajon from a kit.

    Band clamps and other clamps are required to apply the pressure needed. Also the back plate according to the directions is glued on. I glued the back plate, but also brad-nailed it.

    You will need to true up and sand like crazy. The joints are strong and the channels come pre-cut.

    I took the existing snare design and cut the snares shorter and located them on the sides of the cajon by cutting channels in the frame behind the front plate. Also the front and rear panels in my kit were larger than the sides. All pieces had to be re-cut and re-measured which made the very poor directions useless.

    I didn't drill screw holes in the upper corners of the front plate and I relocated the sound hole 1/4 from the bottom on center and made it 4.5" in diameter.

    Overall the sound out of my redesigned cajon is very pleasing, responsive and I had the ability to stain in a custom configuration.

    It was a great alternative to an off the shelf cajon. I have one that is 100% made to my specifications.

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    5.0

    Easy to Make

    By XXX Rocker

    from Onsted,Mi.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Build

    Cons

    • Measurements Are In Mm
    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

    Just built it. Played with it a little, but have to finish sanding & varnishing. I think it will sound alright with some acoustic guitars.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Jammin

    By rocker197

    from st. louis, mo

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Build
    • Fun To Play
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

        Two of the boards were not notched out which made it difficult to assemble. I had to cut notches myself. Other than that, it is a great product, and fun to play.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good sound for the price

        By Rick Hunt

        from Port Angeles, WA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

          I have never played any kind of percussion, other then on the steering wheel of my work semi, but I like to build musical instruments. I have built many Cigar Box Guitars, so I wanted to give this a try. I am having a blast with it. I think it sounds great. There were questions as to where the snare goes, top or bottom, I searched online and found mixed answers. I went with bottom and I think it has an awesome sound. I am certainly not a professional though, and that is just my opinion, but I like it.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Money well spent!

          By Tori

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

            I decided to purchase this kit because the price range for a ready- built one was too high. The project was fun and fairly easy. Once built, this Cajon produced a big sound and great look (ovangkol front plate). I was very pleased with the product and the customer service here at Musicians Friend.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good for the money.

            By Boogiedude

            from Magnolia, TX

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                Easy enough to build. Decent sound for the money. I built this for a friends birthday gift and he was happy with the sound.

                Ironic I had a screw missing being I read that happening in another review. Had to buy another, figures it was the one size I didn't have :)

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A Cajon In Every Home by 2020

                By A Hoarder of Instruments

                from Brockton MA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone

                Cons

                • Don't Like Snare Sound

                Best Uses

                • Whenever Perc Is Needed

                Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                This was a fun and easy project and it is much less expensive than a cajon that has been built as long as you already own the clamps needed for assembly. I do not like the snare sound but when I experiment by placing it in different locations at different tensions I'm sure it will improve. I stained the front and the back to give it a nicer look. I am not going to finish it with varnish or poly because it will not be used often.
                Note: In the directions there are instructions for cutting the sound hole but mine came pre-cut.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                excellent results

                By neon leon

                from central point or.

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Directions
                • Easy If You Follow
                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone
                • Sensitive
                • The Cajon Went Together

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                  was a fun project and the result was excellent

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great kit

                  By PS

                  from Dickens, TX

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to assemble
                  • Great Sound
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Requires Special Clamps

                  Best Uses

                  • Anywhere

                  Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                  I am not a woodworker, and I didn't have the clamps that are suggested for assembly. I was still able to get it put together squarely without much trouble. It requires a lot of sanding on the corners to get it to look nice, but it is functional with good sound as soon as the glue dries. I recommend putting the face on metal when countersinking. It is too easy to drill completely through with the drill bit otherwise.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Ovangkol Smovankol

                  By Scanners

                  from San Antonio, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • All Wood
                  • Fun To Build
                  • Good sound
                  • Inecpensive
                  • Inexpensive

                  Cons

                  • Lots Of Sanding
                  • Not Sensitive
                  • Ovangkol Not Worth It

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Home Party Jams
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                  This is my second MYO Cajon. First one was basic all-birch model and sounded great. Left that at guitarist house so it would always be available with plans to build another. Saw ovangkol face version and research showed it was a better resonating wood. MusiciansFriend had best price and free shipping. It arrived quickly in perfect condition. Assembled using clamps but would recommend straps. There are some assembly aids recommended like batons and oversized multiplex board. This drum looks great and sounds good, but I think my first build sounded better... A deeper bass sound in middle and more snare sound at top. The onangkol appears to be just a Vaneer layer which may have stiffened the playing surface so the bass isn't as deep and the snare doesn't pop as much. Then again, it could be manufacturing differences since they are hand made. Anyway, fun project and fraction of the price of preassembled all wood Cajon.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Make your own cajon

                  By Jon

                  from Western Mass

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Build
                  • Fun To Do It Yourseld
                  • Good Wood
                  • Sounds Alright

                  Cons

                  • Didnt Have Hardware
                  • Didnt Have Rubber Feet
                  • Hole In Back Was Pre Cut

                  Best Uses

                  • Chairfoot Stool
                  • Fits Great For Dorms
                  • Something To Hit

                  Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                  Its good, its fun, its easy to build. Had to buy my own hardware and feet. Nailed and glued the back on instead of just glue. Im sure a more expensive one sounds better, but this is just dandy for the build.

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