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Hey all, this is my first day on the Nation. I've been crawling all over the site this weekend absorbing all I can and I'm committed to making my first CBG. I've never played one and really don't play guitar all that well, not really much of a woodworker etither. Yep totally in over my head! And I've got it in my head to spend the least amount of money possible on the project too! Next week I'll probably decide to tie a hand behind my back and wear an eye patch while I'm at it!!
If anyone is curious to see this car wreck in progress I've got a blog set up. Can I post that here? Am I just begging for spam?
The more you share the more help you'll get :)
Here's the progress (relative term) of the project. I picked up two more pallets. One identical to the first and another that had thicker runners. The wood looks like pine but its very dark and doesn't dent under fingernail. I'm thinking the grain might be clearer when I dress it. I did manage to dress one of the runners. I used a power plane on the narrow side. And promptly burned out the belt before getting a second pass. It had been so long since I used it I well forgot how to use it. So I've got new belts under order. $12 for belts, $8 to ship. Thank you very little Sears! I'm not sure if I should include the replacement belt in the cost of the guitar. I guess technically I should.
So with one narrow side sort of straight I used a table saw to square up the others. However my technique on that was lacking and I not have a 48"x3/4"x 1 5/8" oak board that is not square and seems to have a twist. I can cut off the worst of the twist when I cut off the board to length.
For now I have to decide to proceed with a less than ideal board or wait for the belts to come in Friday and try this again. In the mean time I need to come up with a plan for the tuners. I don't want to buy tuners, so I'm looking for ideas.....
Hi Slo Boy,
The Uncle Bob Guitar Project website has an interesting headless guitar design featuring home made tuners that look like they might work reasonably well. I'm thinking I might try to do one of these headless guitars using a Cigar Box instead of the cut-down oil can they use. The tuners should be doable, just need to locate all the parts (and I'm not inhibited about buying the parts when I need them). Seems I saw a similar design somewhere of CBN. Will have to look for that one as well.
I also found a couple of wing nut and eye bolt versions. I did not find the eyebolt one you pasted. I like the way they're nested into the slots but evene with a wrench that middle one looks difficult to tune! Well looks like my excuse is over and I best get to moving forward on the project. Thanks again!