Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.

Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!

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Comment by MadGomer on June 11, 2019 at 10:39pm
You're off to a great start Wesley, keep the pictures coming!
Comment by Wesley on June 11, 2019 at 7:46pm

My first build in progress...

Comment by BrianQ. on April 23, 2019 at 8:48pm

You can use anything, as long as you keep to thin coats? Otherwise, you’ll get dark wet spots that don’t go away? I have found for paper boxes that poly built up in thin coats works perfect? Good luck to ya :)

Comment by Christopher G Daniels on April 23, 2019 at 7:29pm

Art Prior: I'm still, newish, but I coat clear poly, now I do it before anything else to protect the paper a bit, and cut down on minor ripping, tearing, or otherwise surface marring. I'd rather touch up if necessary afterwards than be thinking "this wouldn't of happened if I put a few coats on first." Basically what happened on my first build. I might reconsider with non-paper covered boxes.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on April 23, 2019 at 7:28pm

Welcome to the insanity Art. I have used clear rattle can Lacquer with success. Not a fan of poly, but I can't see why it wiuldn't work as well.

Comment by Art Prior on April 23, 2019 at 6:35pm

New member here with his first question. I am working on my first cigar box dulcimer--a guitar will be next----and I was wondering how you folks finished the boxes that are paper covered. I finished the neck in clear poly but I am not sure what to put on the paper cause I don't want to ruin it. Thanks in advance for your help,  Art

Comment by Joe Caruso on February 1, 2019 at 7:21am

Finish the box is the last thing I do just before final assembly.

Comment by Chuck Groves on January 31, 2019 at 10:18pm

After.  For same reasons as listed by Dani.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on January 31, 2019 at 8:39pm

After Ricky. Then all the splinters, chips, dents and imperfections from tooling are covered without the need for touch up afterwards. 

Comment by Ricky D on January 31, 2019 at 8:10pm

Hey everybody!!! Those of you who finish your boxes, do you finish before cutting/drilling or after?

 

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