Don Craig
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  • Saranac, NY
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Online research
How many instruments have you built so far?
Dulcimer, drum, flute
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
The sound. Also, the innovative designs and workmanship.

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Hi guys, I just finished this box guitar.  I have years of craft woodworking experience, a fairly complete small shop, and lots of odd pieces of wood I keep for special projects.  Except for the poplar neck, all wood came from my stash.  The soundboard is 1/8" mystery crate wood  I edge glued two pieces to get the 8x12 size I wanted.  I liked the circular saw blade and planing marks, didn't try to sand them out.  The sides are 1/2" pine from old drawer parts.  The back is 1/4" luan plywood.  I laminated the neck top with 1/16" walnut veneer topped by a 1/*" mystery wood fret board, to add stability to the poplar neck and to add string relief.  The nut is a piece of black micarta, very hard.  I put a 1/8" scrap of brass rod beside the nut to act as a "zero fret".  That worked fine, gives me the right string clearance at that end.  The bridge is a piece of deer leg bone (cannon bone) that's hollow inside.  That works fine but needs more adjustment, I'm going to put a piece of brass rod across the top.  Tuners, fret wire, strings and basic piezo/jack harness all came from C.B. Gitty.  I took a tip from some guy on you tube who makes piezos.  He insulates them in a bottle cap with hot glue.  Given the rustic nature of the soundboard, I decided this git was going to look like a poor-boy made by beavers.  The fret board markers are not inlays, they are painted on with white acrylic paint.  The new moon logo was outlined with a carving tool and then painted in.  I'm happy with it.  I think it sounds great.  I showed it to a musician friend and he's commissioned me to make one for him.  I'm retired, this might be a profitable hobby.  I'm posting pictures, I hope they show up.  Thanks for reading, Don Craig, Saranac, NY.

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At 7:14pm on February 13, 2018, Chris "Fingerz" Zaferes said…

Thank you for excepting my friend request, Don!

At 12:05pm on November 23, 2017, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there Don thanks verry Much for the Like on the Tin entry appriciated ! Greeetssz A.D.

 
 
 

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