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CGB Building workshop for kids?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Holladay May 2. 8 Replies

Down here in SW Florida, we have an annual music festival to raise money to buy musical instruments for the local schools. It's a great event with lots of really good bands, and we raised $35,000…Continue

From an old dresser on the side of the road

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Mar 1, 2018. 3 Replies

I saw an old dresser on the side of the road with a "FREE" sign on it. I had to stop and bring it home. I broke it apart and stacked the various pieces of wood with the idea to make a few instruments…Continue

 

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Online
How many instruments have you built so far?
15 or so
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I like the ability to change direction on the fly, start with an idea, meet a challenge in material or hardware, come up with a solution, end up with something that's a lot of fun to play.

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String retractor

Posted on March 10, 2019 at 10:56pm 1 Comment

I was doing some fret repair work on a uke and didn't want to have to take the strings off. I came up with this retractor made of a few bicycle spokes...String%20retractor.pdf

Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box

Posted on March 10, 2019 at 10:54pm 2 Comments

After making a few necks with the CB Gitty miter box, I've come up with a few improvements that make my life easier. Hope these thoughts help!

Miter%20box%20tips.pdf

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