"Once upon a time..."
I was recently vending at a Folk Festival when a customer came up and asked me if I was up for a challenge. He explained that he was a double bass / washtub bass player with a folk group that was playing on stage at the event. He told me that he had approached the other Cigar Box Guitar vendor ( there were two of us at the event ) with this project, and the guy turned him away, so he asked if I thought I was up for the challenge.
The Project? He has this beautiful, huge Rocky Patel commemorative box, and he asked if I could build him a Cigar Box upright bass? Well, I looked the box over and told him that it wasn't big enough to make a proper bass, but I though it would make a nice Cello. He liked the concept, and after a few more questions about budget and time frame I determined that this was indeed a project I wanted to take on.
I went right to work designing the instrument, and cataloging all the parts I needed to order. Thus the build began in earnest.
First, I needed to carve a neck. I opted for a full sized 4/4 cello neck dimensions, with enough length to center the bridge on the box. I made my neck blank, and ordered an ebony cello fingerboard online. When the fingerboard arrived, I tapered & shaved the neck to match the fingerboard.
On to "Part II"