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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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Mark Bowen commented on jeff weins's blog post Solar powered guitar amp video
"Gotta say I like the tie wraps for mounting the pickup!"
Mar 16
Blues Frog commented on Mark Bowen's blog post String retractor
"I did something along the same lines on my last build. I didn't make a rig, but when I had to adjust the nut height, I loosened the strings and pulled them over, out of the  way while I worked. Your idea looks good especially for bridge…"
Mar 12
jeff weins liked Mark Bowen's blog post Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box
Mar 11
jeff weins commented on Mark Bowen's blog post Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box
"My Gitty miter box has made cutting frets less scary. Your ideas even more so, I particularly like the cut location marking method."
Mar 11
Keith Rearick liked Mark Bowen's blog post String retractor
Mar 11
Keith Rearick liked Mark Bowen's blog post Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box
Mar 11
Mark Bowen commented on Antony Moggridge's blog post How to make an easy string Ukulele Bridge
"I'm going to use this approach for my next uke. I like to use a separate, floating bridge, so I'll do this to make just the string tie block. I bet this would work well with steel strings, too, and it can be glued to the back of the box…"
Mar 11
Mark Bowen commented on Glenn Kaiser's blog post New Diddley Build
"Love it! That fat string must sound awesome! Have you ever tried zither pins for a tuner? They are easier to install and use than the nut and bolt, and are pretty cheap from CB Gitty. You drill a hole, hammer them in, then you wind the string and…"
Mar 11
Paul bailey commented on Mark Bowen's blog post Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box
"Thank you soo much for your suggestions. Plan to put them in action on my next builds. Maybe I’ve just been lucky on previous builds but never encountered any issues before now. Fretting this neck on present build I’ve had all kids of…"
Mar 10
Paul bailey liked Mark Bowen's blog post Some tips for cuting fret slots with the CB Gitty miter box
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Mar 5, 2018
Mark Bowen replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files
"For necks, I have an antique draw knife that takes a lot of material off in a hurry with great control. They can be found at flea markets sometimes. With a good edge on it, it is a joy to use."
Mar 5, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Mark Bowen's discussion From an old dresser on the side of the road
"Congrats, it looks great. I've been making gits and other things from stuff I found on the curbside for years. Why turn down free stuff? Join the Dumpster Divers Union group here on CBN."
Mar 1, 2018
Keith Rearick liked Mark Bowen's discussion From an old dresser on the side of the road
Feb 28, 2018
Br Harold F Stubbs III replied to Mark Bowen's discussion From an old dresser on the side of the road
"Make a little like 13" scale 2 string one and give it to them free... The first one is always free, right?"
Feb 28, 2018

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
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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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