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Shovel-handle neck?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Poorness Studios Jun 19, 2020. 2 Replies

I broke the blade off a shovel recently and was going to toss the whole thing out, but I realized that the handle is actually a pretty nice piece of wood and would make an interesting CBG neck.This…Continue

Table saw for fretting, blades, and power

Started this discussion. Last reply by KOOL DOG HOOCH Mar 1, 2020. 25 Replies

I've fallen down a bit of a rabbit hole!I've been thinking of ways to get a powered fret-slot cutting system going, both for speed and consistency of depth. I'm not quite ready to invest in the…Continue

Tung oil vs Danish Oil?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jan 19, 2020. 24 Replies

I've got some lovely wood I'm using for some CBG necks and I'm looking at what to use as a finish. I've been using Tung oil on my past builds and have really liked the deep, hard finish it creates -…Continue

Strings for double-course canjo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JP Lace Master Jan 8, 2020. 3 Replies

I've been thinking about doing a double-course canjo; any suggestions on what strings I should use? Most obvious would be a regular guitar's low- and high-E, but I'm wondering if the can will hold up…Continue

 

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Order99 liked Sean Murphy's discussion Can a box be too shallow?
Jul 6, 2020
Myron Joe Hickel replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Shovel-handle neck?
"Sean, A router sled would be the easiest and safest way to make a flat area on any odd or round shaped  piece of wood. Once you have a flattened surface you can use whatever tool you choose to square up the rest. But I would use a bandsaw for…"
Jun 18, 2020
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Shovel-handle neck?

I broke the blade off a shovel recently and was going to toss the whole thing out, but I realized that the handle is actually a pretty nice piece of wood and would make an interesting CBG neck.This is more of a woodworking question, but: If I wanted to create a long flat notch - basically flatten down the length of the fretboard and where the stick would go through the body - what's the best technique for that? Especially if I'm trying to be fairly precise on the flatness?I've thought of using…See More
Jun 9, 2020
Sean Murphy replied to Michael shrader's discussion Obvious overlooked error. Do I rebuild this neck? in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"No need to redo it - just consider it a learning opportunity and enjoy your unique creation! I mean...I certainly know how that goes!"
Mar 25, 2020
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
Mar 1, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Hi, here is a new project I’m working on, prompted by this thread, a Kerfed lining Slotting Saw. It will a specially adapted sled. I cut the slots and it automatically moves the strip along the desired spacing amount for the next cut. All I…"
Mar 1, 2020
hthavana replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Hooch, I should have listened to you, that mini-saw is seriously under powered. I'd send it back but I've voided the warranty a couple of times over. "
Mar 1, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Hi, thanks for the comments thavana. If you check back to the second post on the first page of this thread there are the photo's you requested. I now have to build a new sled as my roof leaked last week and dripped water on the sled I was…"
Feb 18, 2020
hthavana replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"I like your tile saw idea, you get to see the cuts, let me know how it works.  I figured cutting a fret slot would be light duty for the saw, that setting it up would be the challenge for me and the saw.  Something like hooch's set up…"
Feb 18, 2020
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Not to rain on your parade, but have you read the reviews on amazon? Beween them and no adjustment for height, I cancelled my order befor it was shipped. If the scrollsaw idea doesn't pan out. I'm going to modify Taff's setup for my…"
Feb 18, 2020
hthavana replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Nice setup indeed, and something like it just might work for my mini-saw if my sled doesn't work like I hope.  How about a shot with the top down please....and the sled, please.  Thanks"
Feb 18, 2020
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"I mistakenly misnamed the tool. I was referring to a scrollsaw, that is why I mentioned the coping saw. I've heard the two names interchanged with each other."
Feb 17, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"Hi,  just a few comments. Chickenbone John is dead right about the accuracy needed if building your own saw table, sled and template. In the first photo you see the bench grinder I used. The reason for this pick [it’s a Makita and not…"
Feb 17, 2020
Darryl Tuttle replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"i was lucky enough to find a used stewmac blade at a garage sale...the luthier developed parkinsons  disease and was retiring...it works great..."
Feb 17, 2020
hthavana replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"I really like the idea of a dedicated saw for fretting, but I have to admit, a small jig will do just a good a job, perhaps better.  I'm still working on my mini-table saw configuration but will probably fashion a jig as well, I like…"
Feb 17, 2020
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Sean Murphy's discussion Table saw for fretting, blades, and power
"My buddy Richard uses a copingsaw for fretting because of the kerf thickness.  So with that, I've kicking around the idea of using my latest garage sale find, a Jigsaw. Working out the details for a sliding fixture with a stop( Will have…"
Feb 17, 2020

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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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Fretboard wood - what to do, what to do?

Posted on July 31, 2019 at 6:40pm 7 Comments

I am close to finishing my latest build, but need to do my fretboard still. I have a lovely piece of bocote (middle), a really interesting strip of zebrawood (right), and I though about using poplar to tone with the label on the box. Neck is black walnut.



I like the poplar most, from the color-theory perspective - but the zebrawood is amazing too.



(also, too: I'm seriously flirting with trying a bound fretboard on this one - trying to talk myself out of it, but I want to…

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Getting ready for next build

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 12:54pm 8 Comments

Parts assembled for next build. I'd thought about using another piece of bocote for the fretboard but I think a nice piece of poplar might make a nicer color complement. 

What wood is this?

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 10:48am 7 Comments

Got a nice piece of wood from my dad this past weekend, but neither he nor I know what it is. It's definitely mostly grey-ish.

The piece on top is mahogany - trying to ID the wider piece.

Any thoughts?

Overpriced cigar box in antique store?

Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:36pm 7 Comments

I visited an antique store this past weekend in search of goodies that might make for a good CBG project, and noticed a cabinet that had seven or eight cigar boxes. In checking them out, I noticed a lovely Don Diego "Playboy" box, a bit worn, 25 "Churchill" cigars.

I considered picking it up until I noticed that the shop had the box priced at $165.95!!!!

A quick search on the internet shows similar boxes for around twenty bucks.

Is there any conceivable reason one of…

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