CONTEST OVERVIEW:

What instrument can you build that starts with a 2x4 plank?  We're looking for the most spectacular, innovative, interesting and artistic creations.  Note:  This contest will also include all instruments, whether stringed, wind, percussion or keyboard.  

We're challenging you to create new and exciting instruments starting with common 2x4 planks!  You should build to impress!

 

SUBMISSION RULES - NO EXCEPTIONS:

  1. You must build a playable musical instrument using a common 2x4 plank* as the main component of the construction.
  2. Submit your entry by uploading two (2) different photos in the COMMENTS section below.  
  3. Add a 1 paragraph description of your instrument (parts used,building techniques, inspiration yadda yadda yadda)
  4. All submissions must be built by the person submitting them.
  5. Contest submissions end Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time US)

*Common 2x4 dimensional lumber, aka framing stud.  The 2x4 can be construction grade or top choice quality.

YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY THE STAFF OF CIGAR BOX NATION

PRIZES:

First place:  $100 gift certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Second place: $50 gift certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Third place:  $25 Gift Certificate from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

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Man you're a machine . Welcome to Jim's 24 hr service. It has  a nice rustic look.

Thanks Erasmo. Now I'm gonna go get the machine oiled. I'm taking a break for the next few days to visit family and play music with fiends.

Here's my 2nd entry...a 2x4 2-string lap steel with a 23" scale. The strings are acoustic 36 and 30 gauge, tuned A/D, but can be pulled up to A/E. The A/D tuning allows for playing the low string as the melody and the high string as a drone, similar to the way a Tennessee music box works. I have a piezo inside the altoids tin...allows for a nice acoustic sound. I'll upload a sound sample when I finish the amp.

The finish is the Japanese shou-sugi-ban method with boiled linseed oil added after the burning/brushing steps. You can see some of the crackle better in the second image. Fret markings were done with a gold paint pen. Still need to sign and date it. This was a fun and quick build which provided some insight as I have a Tennessee music box (box dulcimer) in the works.

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