My son bought this cajon kit recently, which he was going to build then have me apply a nice finish to. He's graduating high school this month, and between work, hockey, and preparing for college (he got awarded 2 scholarships, one a four year full-ride Honors scholarship worth around $80k, thank God! More for my shop!!!), he asked me this morning if I want to do the entire build. Well, YES! I was hoping he'd ask, it would give me a chance to make my own designs based on what I learn from it. I'll post some pics and run a dialogue on my progress. My son got his license this past fall, and is driving himsrlf everywhere now, so I should have more free time to keep up on my posts. He had a buddy from his hockey team who died in a car crash 10 days after getting his license, which I'm sure affected his desire to drive up until this school year, which his mom and I were totally cool with. But, time marches on... Anyway, here's a pic of his kit. I'm thinking the plyood has a maple top, maybe birch? I think I'll go with a red mahogany finish, with a yellow or amber coat applied first, which looks cool on mahogany, don't know what will happen here. The front will be a yellow or saffron color, and I'll just seal it with a bazillion coats of dewaxed shellac, to let it age nicely over the years. That's a little ways away, though. Here we go!