The back of the Cajón is made of slightly thinner wood than the sides. Here you can see me cutting a sound hole with my jig saw. I'm sure there is a science to where the hole should go and the size and shape, but I let my heart guide me here. I've gone for a traditional circle. It's slightly above centre and on the large size with a 12 cm diameter. Remember that I will use this to access my patented snare adjustment bar.
Next, I glued the back in place.
Hold on... here's something I did prior to gluing the back on. See that I've glued a little bit of extra bracing to the bottom of the Cajón to hold the rubber feet.
This a teaser of me pounding out some Hobbit music before I set about making the Cajón beautiful. I couldn't resist a quick trial to see if it worked. It does! In case you're wondering, that's a Hologram Earth t-shirt I'm wearing. I bet +Luuk van der Velden could teach me a thing or two about playing Cajón.
I add this close-up of one of the holes to show you why I added the bracing at the front. I knew that I didn't want the screw too close to the edge and this gave me a bit of room to play with.
I've been rounding the edges in this picture. I did this with a rasp and then sanded with a rough grit sandpaper. You'll remember in my last post that I was speculating on how I would finish the wood. At this point I think I'd convinced myself that actually, rather than to stain the wood, I'd simply varnish. I want some rough-and-ready gaucho chic!
Having sanded the box down I was quick to paint my famous dead-hand logo with acrylic black paint. This will be the only embellishment.
I was feeling pretty good about how things were going until Mrs Uke pointed out that there is some orange showing through on the sanded Tapa. WHAT! I'm colourblind and hadn't realised that anything was wrong. I immediately went into solve-it mode...
Here's where I stopped after 4 layers of red varnish. It isn't dry in this picture, but I knew that it would dry darker. I worried that the dead-hand would be lost in the process, but look... it's still visible! Ha ha!
Take a look at this! Can you watch without falling over?
I know that you want a soundcheck and I will oblige as soon as I learn how to play the bloody thing. Yee haw!
This could be the start of something brilliant!
One last picture...
I snapped this photo inside the Cheltenham Town Hall whilst I was at Uke Fest GB last week. It reminds me of being at school - I'm sure my school had flooring like this. I post it here as an idea for a possible Tapa design. I know you're meant to make them out of ply, but wouldn't something like this look cool! Might be worth a try?
That reminds me... I really should get back to the Highwayman! ;-)