You've shaped the neck, cut the soundholes and put all those glorious electronics inside. Now it's time to attach the lid to the box!
In the video below, I show the simple way that I attach the lid. As you can see, I prefer to use "drop in lid" cigar boxes that feature a simple flat lid.
Scroll down for a bonus video on installing my favorite preamp.
I notch it out using my table saw. I'd do a video on it, but I'm currently writing a book about building these things and my publisher is asking me to save the big building tips for the book.
Yep, actual book. One of the biggest woodworking book publishers in the US. A mix of DIY plans and cigar box guitar history, all from a musician's perspective
Boss!! Can't wait to buy a copy.
I use my bandsaw
How do you put the screws into the edge of the sides of the box without them splitting?
Drill pilot holes.
Wal, Glen Watt has several videos on techniques (here on CB Nation, Youtube) to notch out neck blanks to fit inside of the box. Hand saw, chisel, hammer, rasp. More labor, less tool investment. I use a table saw or a band saw, because I have them. There are no steps to building a CBG that cannot be done with hand tools. Power tools make many steps quicker, often more precise, but you can build without them. Better, I think, to start with minimal tools, take your time, and get goin'! We have seen videos in here where guys make gits using tree limbs, gas/oil cans, and kitchen knives. Then play them. It can be done with what you have.