Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.

Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!

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Why are my strings snapping?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear yesterday. 6 Replies

Using a Vegetable Peeler as a Spokeshave

Started by PhilUSAFRet. Last reply by Wayfinder on Friday. 8 Replies

String height?

Started by Al Wenkebach. Last reply by Al Wenkebach Jul 13. 6 Replies

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Comment by Stevie B on Thursday

I'm in Australia, I've tried looking this particular brand and haven't found any reviews on the Hafco 110mm yet.I have asked the seller to send me more info regarding replacement blades, accessories and parts, so far he hasn't got back to me.

Comment by MadGomer on Thursday
Stevie, where are you located at (US or other)? $200 seems high to me for a used Chinese saw that you'll probably struggle to find parts for should you need them, aside from blades.
Comment by Shoeless Joe Caruso on Thursday
Bandsaw - ask what size blade it uses- some lengths are tougher to find than others - then checkout where you can get replacement blades.
Comment by Stevie B on Thursday

Hi all, I'm looking at buying my first band saw as there is a reasonably priced saw in my local area for $200 and this fits my budget perfectly.

Its a Hafco Metalmaster bandsaw, 110mm Cutting depth 245mm table, and that's all of the information given.

So what questions do I need to ask the seller about this saw, I'm not sure what are the right questions to ask him and if this is the right tool for the job,

Cheers Stevie B

Comment by Paul Craig on Wednesday

Good to know, thanks for that.

Comment by Robert Killen on Wednesday

I completely agree with Paul. I watched a video with instructions on attaching the string to an eye bolt with tension alone, but I found it very difficult. So now I drill 1/16" hole in the shank near the eye and burnish it a little to soften the edges. This has worked well for me.

Another trick I discovered was to use a round capped nut at the eye end - (like the one in the upper right of the pic below). I found that some of my builds ended up with the string snapping over the hex corners, which scared me. These round ones eliminate that problem.

http://image.made-in-china.com/43f34j00nOyEozlWCRkf/Fastener-Hex-Nut-Flange-Nut-Nylon-Lock-Nut-Cap-Nut-Long-Nut.jpg

Comment by Paul Craig on Wednesday

I've seen people tie the string on and then turn the bolt. I'm going to drill a hole through the bolt like a tuner and let the strings wrap around in the threads. At least that's the plan anyway.

Comment by Alan P. on Wednesday

Nice work, MFJ! I'm kind of surprised that the screw-in eyes hold with the string tension. But I guess it also has to do with the length of the screw & the material underneath? Hmm...lots to think about, Either way, nice!

Paul: I've seen the eye bolts as tuners before, but I still don't completely understand them. I can't seem to grasp how the strings attach to them without coming undone. One day I'll give them a shot, though. Probably the same time I try them as anchors. Of course, knowing my luck, the whole thing will probably implode. Ha!

Thanks for the comments, y'all! Lots to mull over...

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on Wednesday

This was my first build the screw in eyes worked fine,the brass hinge was purely for decoration

Comment by Paul Craig on Wednesday

I'm using eye bolts/anchor bolts as tuners on my Short Scale Resonator Bass build.

 

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