I am an newbie in the CBG world but when I saw all your creation, I can say only : wonderfull !!!
I need some help to begin.
Could you help me to have a good Toolbox, please ? What tools I need ? It would be nice if I have a list before to go in tools shop.
Thank you very much and sorry for my poor english.
This article has instructions on how to build basic cigar box guitar and also a list of tools:
I would also add a Phillips screwdriver to the list.
Thank you very much. :-)
I am new, too, but I have already found that a small chisel comes in handy, as does a Japanese pull saw, coping saw, a good pencil, Swanson yardstick, ruler, small T-square, punch or awl, scribe, some collected saw dust to use with super glue to hide any nicks or divits in the wood or to repair a nut, all the electrical components to electrify a CBG, a Dremel tool with sanding drums and various cut-off wheels, a fret scale marker of different sizes and just about anything that you can add to make the CBG unique in appearance on the soundboard and such. A wood buring tool is also neat to have for design work. You can likely get by without all of these items, but each serves a purpose and is certainly useful as you learn how to use them all. I found that the initial cost of making a CBG is higher than any other time, as your putting together a shop of tools to make it all easier. If you have any of this stuff, then all the better, but most of the above I had to go out an purchase, as I had long since gotten rid of most of my shop tools. Believe me, most of these items are only a start to what you may end up adding over time, depending upon how deep you get into making these things. Check out local swap meets, thrift stores and pawn shops for various tools and items that can be of use to you. Get onto YouTube and check out the various methods shared there for a CBG build. Visit the sites linked here and purchase a video or book on CBG builds. I enjoy Gittyman's video, myself as far as a basic how to video book. Lots of them out there to choose from though. There are never enough tools in a shop, I believe, even the ones I swore I'd never use ended up being the very ones that have com ein handy so far for my CBG build. There are likely many tools I left out and some are very likely so overly simplistic that I just tend to gloss over them. Good luck in what you add to your toolbox.
Thank you very much, James. It's nice to have your opinion. ;-)
Harbor Freight's $8 pull saw is the exact thickness you need for fret slots, does a nice job, and is much cheaper than a fret saw.
Your English is better than most. Keep up the good work!
I'm not sure you know what you are getting into as I have been collecting my tools for over 40 years. Solid woodworking skills and knowing your way around a shop are an absolute must to produce an over-the-top piece of work. I suggest you buy the book "Handmade Musical Instruments" by Mike Orr as it is an excellent reference guide.
The following is what I use most.
10" Table Saw with a fine tooth blade and a sanding disk
Small Drill Press
Drill Set 1/16" to 3/8"
Sand Paper 80, 100, 220, 320 grits
Screw Drivers, slot, #6 & #8 Robertson
Screw Drivers, Philips (real) small, medium & large
Small Block Plane
Good Luck with your 1st build.
King's X.... No one mentioned a vise. I use mine all the time and for a ton of other projects besides just the CBG.
Thank you. I keep all yours advices. :-)
I started off with a few of my Dad's old hand tools and a few of my own, after I started building to sell some important machine tools became necessary..!
for cutting and dressing the neck:
electric band saw
home made thickness gauges and templates, glue spreader
electric drill also used mounted on upright drill stand
6mm and 3mm drill bits
rat tail file
sanding block with medium and wet and dry paper
electric linisher with upright sanding wheel
flat and half round hand files
fret position template
large flat file with handle removed from tang
flat needle file
for the box:
hot glue gun
home made measuring blocks/ templates
22mm hole cutter
9mm drill bit
1.5mm drill bit
dremel sanding wheel
Phillips screw driver
What they said
I love my Nobex Proman Miter Saw
and a hand held router makes short work of notching out necks saves wear and tear on the old joints
did a few with chisel and rasp, like the router better
Nobody has mentioned a can of Fabreeze to remove the odor of those stools in that tool box, either. :-)