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
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
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
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.…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue