This one turned out a lot better than I thought it would.
Earlier this summer, I left my Chinese-made travel cajon at camp, sort of on purpose because I didn't want to schlep it back with me and because my boss was intrigued by it. So I left it with her. But I've been wanting to try another one. This time, I decided to make one from an old cigar box, scrap wood, old snares rescued from a broken drum, random found hardware and a lumber tie-down strap.
It turned out pretty good, if a little rough.
I've already pre-sold one, a good sign that this portable cajon is a good idea. It will easily pack inside a suitcase (wrapped in clothes for padding) without taking up too much space, and the nack strap means you can play it while standing if necessary. (Future versions will have a quieter strap attachment point.)
I might take this into the studio in a couple of days and use it on one of my new songs.
I'll share updates during the recording process here and on my Facebook page.
Shavua tov -- a good week!