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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • 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
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (18)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Sensitive (8)
  • Huge tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (19)
  • Accompaniment (13)
  • Soundtracks (4)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (10)

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.

VS

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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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent

By Percussive One

from Ohio

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Pros

  • All Of The Pieces
  • Custom
  • Great Sound
  • Personal
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Pieces Not Cut Right
  • Poor Directions
  • Poorly Made
  • Redesign The Build

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Jazz Clubs
  • Small Venues

Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great quality, great sound, modified

By Mickey

from Farroupilha, Brazil

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • High Quality Wood
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Need Experience With Wood

Best Uses

  • Small Venues

Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

I am experienced at woodworking. I loved the kit. Great quality materials and a fun project. I modified the unit to put the snare on the side so that I could screw in across the inside of the front a small, thin wood separator about 1/3 down to give a clearer bass sound without snare. The result was much better for my taste. Thanks for a great kit!

(5 of 5 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Parts cut & fit well, with good results

By jssjr

from Carrollton, GA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Build
  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Makes It Easy To Modify
  • Sensitive

Cons

  • Low Quality Feet
  • Unfinished Wood

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Good For Begining Players
  • Indoors Only - Unfinished
  • Jazz Clubs
  • Small Venues
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good sound for the price

By Rick Hunt

from Port Angeles, WA

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

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.

    (4 of 4 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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good product

    By Nate

    from Lansing,mi

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Pretty Fast Assembly Time

    Cons

    • Pieces Slightly Off

    Best Uses

    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

    Some of the pieces that you are given were cut slightly off so stuff didn't line up perfect making me need to sand more to even them out otherwise everything went smooth and it turned out awesome

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A fun project

    By John Barbeau

    from Oakfield, Wisconsin

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

      I have now built two Meinl cajones and they are fun projects and fun to play. All of the components were included and all the pre-cuts were accurate. The most difficult task is countersinking the screw holes on the front piece. One must be very careful to obtain the correct depth to make the screw heads flush with the surface without going to deeply. This would be a great project for parents and their children to make together. Make sure you have a metric ruler, as the measurements are metric.

      (2 of 2 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.

        (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.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good

        By hammer

        from tallahassee.fl

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

          good pratice

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (1 of 3 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.

              (1 of 3 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 :)

                  (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

                    (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.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    check cuts before gluing

                    By Craig

                    from Frederick, MD.

                    About Me Novice

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Instructions Easy

                    Cons

                    • Construction Shabby
                    • Parts Do Not Fit

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                    The kit arrived scattered in the shipping container. All parts were present however, one of the grooves was cut incrrectly, resulting in a fit that was undesirable. The snare function is annoying sounding.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Easy to assemble

                    By dave drummer

                    from Maryland

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Well Cut Panels

                    Cons

                    • A Misleading Instruction

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                      You will need to place the corner screws at a different place than shown on the instructions.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great value - amazing sound.

                      By Chris

                      from Salisbury maryland

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Responsive
                      • Sensitive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                        A bit more work to put together than I thought, but totally worth it in the end.

                         
                        5.0

                        good entry level cajon

                        By R. Seto

                        from Centreville, VA

                        About Me Novice

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound
                        • Responsive
                        • Sensitive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Cajon:

                          Sounds good. I am impressed by the snare sound even though the snare part was small compared to the other cajons I've seen. It was not hard to put together even though the instructions were not the best. Be aware that you would need additional tools (clamps etc.), wood glue, and wood finishing supplies in order to put it together. Fortunately, I have that stuff already. :)

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