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Single-layer boxes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker on Thursday. 6 Replies

I've been going through my stash of cigar boxes, trying to decide what my next build is going to be.I've got a couple of boxes that are quite thin - clearly meant for just one layer of cigars.Are…Continue

"Lost City" boxes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Shepherd May 13. 1 Reply

I have a couple of Lost City cigar boxes - they're really lovely, but looking at the inside it seems as though there's a false bottom or something - the bottom of the box is definitely thick, but…Continue

Securing screened grommets for sound hole?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans May 5. 4 Replies

I'm looking to use some screened/mesh grommets for sound hole covers, but it seems the usual grommet-setting process would not work or be appropriate for this kind of usage.I used a grommet for a…Continue

Using a spokeshave?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Apr 29. 9 Replies

Does anyone have good experiences working with a spokeshave to carve necks? I picked one up but I apparently just don't know how to use it right - it bounces and stutters, gets jammed full of…Continue

 

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Tim Pannabecker replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Single-layer boxes?
"I have found that thin box soundboards are great.  One of my favorites is Kingdom VII.  I do reinforce the top with a bead of superglue gel inside where the top meets the box. you may wish to glue wood corner braces and other needed…"
Thursday
Kigar replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Single-layer boxes?
"Maybe it's time to build a cbu, small boxes work great for a ukulele."
Wednesday
Lonman commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"heck yes, nice job. like this and really like the headstock shape. "
Tuesday
Jerry Jordan replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Single-layer boxes?
"I have seen thin boxes stacked and glued to make a thicker body, but for my own builds I found some thin boxes sound great.,.some thinner all wood boxes I just glued the neck to the lid and the whole box becomes a resonator.,.,great for a light…"
May 13
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May 13
T-Gripped replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Single-layer boxes?
"I built one to a 17" scale and like how it turned out. Volume is certainly not loud, but passable. It has a piezo disc, but usually played acoustically."
May 13
Eric Shepherd replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Single-layer boxes?
"Not on the workbench, this one came off the bench yesterday.. Pretty happy with it though as with all builds there is always things you'd do differently.. Camacho box, Jarrah neck with Leopard wood on the headstock.. Fretboard is Indonesian…"
May 13
Eric Shepherd replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Single-layer boxes?
"depends on what you mean by thin.. giving a size would help"
May 13
Eric Shepherd replied to Sean Murphy's discussion "Lost City" boxes?
"Your right.. It's a tray that sits in the box.. It can be removed but be careful.. It is glued in place on 4 little posts on each corner.. The glue isn't that strong but it can come out without damaging the box.. The trays make great…"
May 13
Eric Shepherd replied to Sean Murphy's discussion "Lost City" boxes?
"Your right.. It's a tray that sits in the box.. It can be removed but be careful.. It is glued in place on 4 little posts on each corner.. The glue isn't that strong but it can come out without damaging the box.. The trays make great…"
May 13
BrianQ. replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Single-layer boxes?
"Or you can use them for stomp boxes?"
May 12
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Sean Murphy commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"Ha! The corners are a little bit big - I bought them off the shelf at Home Depot - but it's a 20-inch scale so you can see the distance from the nut to the bridge and get a sense of the size. I didn't actually pay enough attention when I…"
May 11
Taffy Evans commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"Hi Dean, nice build, how was the switch from metalwork to woodwork,ha ha. If they are standard size corners, it shows how small that box is. Taff"
May 11
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the anonymous pick commented on Sean Murphy's blog post Latest build
"yup. right purty ;-)"
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I discovered canjoes recently and realized that it would be easy to make one; I have two at work (the one I bought and the one I made) and have been delighted by how many people walk by and pick them up and noodle around on them. In the course of research on building canjoes I found a lot of CBG sites and realized that's the next step on home-built instrument making for me. Bought two cigar boxes yesterday and am going to take a stab at one today!

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Latest build

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 9:03pm 4 Comments

I love me some canjos, but I had a really tiny cigar box that I thought would be a good candidate for a one-string diatonic build. Used it to try my hand at a shaped headstock - still a lot to learn there - but it came out right purty, and sounds nice!

Red oak neck, poplar fretboard.

Because I had one to hand, I stuck a bottlecap piezo pickup in, so it can be played through an amp. That was mostly for fun though.…

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Sunday canjo fun

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 5:26pm 2 Comments

Yesterday I helped a friend put together his first CBG, a four-string. Today I spent a couple hours in the garage throwing together a quick-n-dirty canjo - definitely picked up some lessons for the next ones I make! But much fun had, and it sounds pretty good.…

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Secret Santa gift!

Posted on December 16, 2017 at 10:30am 7 Comments

We did a Secret Santa exchange at my office and I mentioned that I build CBG's - my SS gave me a box of boxes! One of them even had some finger picks and a guitar strap in it!

First attempt

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 4:02pm 8 Comments

Finished my first attempt at a CGB today and I'm feeling a bit let down right now - I knew there would be warts but there were more than expected. A few things that will go down as learning experiences:

1. There was too much work that happened on the neck and fretboard before gluing them together; as a result, the fretboard didn't really lay down flat on the neck and there are gaps all along the edge (despite full clamping).

2. Using small brass eye bolts as the tail to hold…

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