Alan Dillard
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fret cutting jig

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Oct 17, 2018. 7 Replies

Made a simple but effective jig for cutting fret slots.  Pictures show the story.  It works great.  I just use a template to mark the fretboard, slide it in the "slot" and go.  Continue

scarf joint jig

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Dillard May 31, 2018. 4 Replies

Here is a pix of my jig, using a Japanese pull saw.  Works great.  15 degrees and glued a piece of brass on the guide so the saw has a reference for staying in line.…Continue


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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
looking online for info to build one
How many instruments have you built so far?
Frantically waiting for a couple of parts, so I can finish my fourth, which is MY lefty three string.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
now too old and arthritic to play my other two six strings or my banjo; very frustrating, so decided I could do a 3string build and (maybe!) play slide blues. Have always liked the style .

Well, finished my first one and it was a hoot to build. Don't know how well I will learn to use it, but at least my fingers work better this way.

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At 6:53pm on November 20, 2017, Mark Bliss said…

Hi Alan,

Read your question about f-hole templates, but unfortunately, the way the forum software works, when you message "all members" there is no way to reply directly. You have to ask via a "discussion post" in the group.

Anyway, Gitty markets templates in negative and positive layouts. Your preference would rely on the method you use to mark and cut.

Option one

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