"Murray's advice is good, but my first thought was the same as Gus'. With the strings open, how much height do you have between strings and 1st fret? How about at 12th fret? Lay a straightedge on your frets, is the neck bowed up?"
"I can't compete with Shane's 5 string electric, but how about a cigar box Kalimba? Keys are from an old leaf rake, resting on a piece of CB Gitty fretwire and clamped tight under a piece of 6" heavy wall aluminum tubing. …"
"Agree with Rose. As I look at it, if I decided to put holes in it (only after playing it for a bit) I'd probably stay small, maybe two 1" holes plugged with screened grommets in black or a pewter finish (personally not a fan of chrome),…"
"For a given scale length, your nut and bridge absolutely must be separated by that distance (leaving a little wiggle room on the bridge end for intonation adjustment) or your fret spacing for that desired scale length will be completely wrong. If…"
"Lots of possibilities Eston, but I'd create a rectangular frame that fits into the box, and sandwich the nut end of the box between the neck heel and the frame, running the screws from the inside of the frame, through the box end, and into the…"
"I like it, that's the same box I used for my first build. I suspect with the thin pine neck you'll have a lot of bowing though, so you may need to back that up with another board for the lower 12-15" to stiffen it (I did). Will it be…"
"What Duck said. It really depends on where you've selected to place your bridge, scale length, and physical length of your box. If I did my math right, with 24 frets you'll have roughly 1 1/2" of overlap onto the box for your…"