How To Build A Cajon

The complete online guide to building a DIY Cajon Drum.

Getting Started

DIY Cajon Drum

Wood Selection

Rather it’s the type of wood or how big you need to cut it, here are some recommendations that might help your decided where to start!
DIY Cajon Drum Kit

Hardware & Supplies

Before you get started with your DIY Cajon Drum, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right tools and hardware to get the job done. Take a glance at what we use to build our Cajon drums with.
Stains & Finishes

Stain & Finishes

From the color of the wood stain to the way it can be applied, we’re going to show you what we think ideal for your project!


Having trouble tracking down all the supplies needed to build a Cajon drum? We’ve got you covered, and at price that will save you money! Our DIY Cajon Bundles will provide you with all the parts/accessories you need to build your drum, delivered directly to your door! No matter what your carpentry skill level, or knowledge of Cajon drum construction, we can simplify your project.

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Choose from a wide range of parts and accessories for your project, completely custom to YOUR drum. When you purchase a DIY Cajon Bundle, you’ll have the convenience of having all the parts for your drum delivered directly to you.

Custom Wood Selection:

Though most individuals prefer to choose their own wood and cut the wood themselves, we offer the capability of providing precisely cut wood for your project. You’re probably thinking, “ahhh I can get the build-it-yourself Cajon kit from the big name Cajon manufacturer.” To take a step-up from the competition, we offer the feature of laser engraving custom designs into the wood for your project. This will save you even more time with your project!

Snare Mechanism Options:

If you’re building a Cajon with snare drum wires, you get to select how many strands you want. If your building a Cajon with guitar strings you can choose the size of the string you would like. The best part is the snare wires and guitar strings will arrive cut to size to save you time.

Rubber Feet:

You’re DIY Cajon Bundle will include 4 rubber feet which are .875″ tall… the ideal height for any Cajon drum.


With any purchase of the DIY Cajon Bundle, we will include 50 – 1″ black wood screws.

Need some help?

Learning how to build a Cajon drum can get frustrating at times. Whether the sound of the drum isn’t turning out as expected, or the aesthetic appearance isn’t what you visioned, we’d be glad to give you some pointers or draw up some custom DIY Cajon Drum plans for your project!
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This online do-it-yourself guide on how to build a Cajon drum is brought to you by the Hillside Drum Company. Before the business started, I was in the market for a new Cajon, but didn’t want to spend an outrageous amount. So after a ton of trial and error, I finally mastered how to build Cajon drums and have been doing it ever since. Check out some more of our work here!
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