The cajón flamenco compositions that we offer are designed and selected to build different drawer models with the different types of plywood we have in Maderas Barber.
Each drawer and each composition are unique, because in the 4 sides and in the upper and lower top we can use the same or different plywood. We offer the quality and the variety of our wood and phenolic birch boards so you can choose the design that you prefer to get your quality instrument.
The front board of the cajones flamenco is very important due to its contact at the back with the various strings, therefore it’s prone to erode by the vibration of the strings and especially by the constant percussion produced by the hit. The front board is the thinnest part of the drawer, the most common measures range from 2.7 to 3.5 mm thick. Another of the main points of the front board is its design, because it’s the most noticeable element an in which manufacturers use all their imagination with different woods and other decorative aspects that we can find.
The side boards of the Cajones flamenco are an essential part to achieve the perfect soundboard, unlike the front board these pieces are responsible to give solidity to the instrument. The phenolic birch due to its acoustic properties and its laminated construction, achieve a great resonance.
The cajón flamenco is a wonderful and complex instrument that needs an air box large enough to get a good sound, so for this reason shouldn’t be ignored the measures that have to be taken into account; we must remember some important factors that influence at the time of construction: sound and comfort. The top or bottom board are an important part of this soundboard as they must comply with the measures in addition to a good finish for the comfort of the percussionist.
One of the most important pieces of this instrument is the back board of the cajón flamenco, with the outlet or back hole of the drawer, which in its first years of manufacture was located right in the center of the back. Over the years it has moved towards the upper part so that bass and high-pitched sounds are more or less at the same distance from the hole.
The hole of the drawer and the position of the strings, being so important in the construction of the cajón flamenco, must be taken into account at the time of manufacture to achieve an adequate sound.