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A very popular item from the MEINL ultimate selection of instruments is the Bongo Cajon and now you can build your own with this construction kit. The kit comes with all the parts and a list of the ma... Read More

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A very popular item from the MEINL ultimate selection of instruments is the Bongo Cajon and now you can build your own with this construction kit. 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.

  • 1 x assembly instructions in 7 languages
    2 x side panels, long
    2 x side panels, short
    1 x playing surface (with MEINL logo)
    1 x sound chamber partition
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Okay kit, some fraying of the plywood

By brian olsen

from Denver, CO

Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Bongo Cajon:

Out of the box one of the long side pieces had a little fraying of the plywood on the outside top, a short side piece had a bit towards the bottom. I switched up the order of assembly. Box first, sanded the top level, then chamber divider followed by the top. While gluing the box part together (step 1) I realized the notches for the chamber divider were allowing the long sides to flex too much. Also I was afraid glue beads from the top would get into those notches. So after doing some sanding to make sure the top would go on flat, I used a flat surface and glued in the chamber divider. With the long side flex I wouldn't really suggest using belt clamps. To glue the top on I put the bongos on a folding workbench with the top and a couple of 1x3's length wise along the edges, clamping that all together. I used a rasp plane to take down the top overhang followed by 60 sandpaper on all the edges, then finished it all off with 220 and some coats of danish oil. The bongos play just fine and look nice with the finish. I'm not a percussionist and wanted something my kids could play with as well (no drum heads to poke through). The finish is clearly not to the level of the normal bongo cajons, but it does work in a pinch. Mine rocks when put on a solid surface.

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If you have the tools and the motivation....

By Michael Berkowitz

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Bongo Cajon:

This kit makes a pretty good bongo cajone but requires you to provide more than $25 worth of work and materials, which is the price difference between the kit and a (better) "built" model. If you've never done any kit building or woodworking, don't bother. The instructions are sparse and contrary to Meinl's video showing cute little kids building the kits, without power tools, it will take hours to sand the top to size. I love playing my new cajone but will never build another one.

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Fun project!

By Sheila Mast

from saginaw mi

Comments about Meinl Make Your Own Bongo Cajon:

The video show this as a kid's project, and I suppose it very well can be. I wanted the fun of putting one together while saving a little ($). Be aware that you will need a few tools. The top piece of my kit was at least 1/16" of an inch oversized. I didn't want that much hanging over, so I trimmed the top piece on the table saw. Also, I wanted the top to have a beveled or rounded edge, so I used a quarter-round bit on my router table. You will definitely need four wood clamps or belt clamps. Also, the end pieces were a tad high, so I used a rasp to take them down even with the longer-side pieces. I definitely wanted the top to fit flush all around! One last the directions it says to stain after assembly. I disagree!! I think you should stain the pieces first. Because when the glue oozes out of the joints, the wood won't take the stain in those spots, and it will look horrible. You DO want the glue to ooze out, by the way, or you're not using enough glue.

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