Don Craig
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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, 3 three-string guitars, didley bow, strum stick
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.

First CBG

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 3:39am on May 18, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks Don ! appriciated your like  there,that tea box you got on your foto display looks pretty cool Don ! amped up as well,  you build em from one to six up? Greeeeettssszz A.D.

At 12:55pm on April 29, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks Don ! Glad you liked it ! it was done for video productions !

At 5:56pm on April 24, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Hello Don ! Got a video out there, so you can hear ,and more pictures in the vid to see, the bridge is wide for a reason, the Body consist out of two cans, a small panter cigar box can ,and a bigger box can from Esso (put a tiget in your Tank) becouse of the hole for the small box the bridge needs to be wide to make contact whit the sides of the big box and at the same time the middel of the small box, hope this aswers your question ? Thanks Don for asking !! Greeeettsszzz A.D.

At 7:51am on March 27, 2018, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thank you for the invitation don

At 6:56am on March 27, 2018, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Hi Don,

Here is a photo of the Tyne near Newcastle city centre,about 5 miles from where I live.The pic looks west from the north bank of the river,on the left is the Baltic arts centre and beyond that the Sage,a great music venue.The first bridge is the Gateshead Millennium bridge,it tilts to allow shipping under,the other arch is the Tyne bridge completed in 1928.

At 5:55pm on March 25, 2018, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Hi Don,

Thanks for your comments on my work.You've got me puzzled ,what did you have to Google to understand on the Geordie Blues Box?

At 4:17am on March 14, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Okiedokie we will see whats coming Greeeettsszz A.D.

At 6:50pm on March 13, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi There Don! Thanks for your Friends Requst ! Your welcom ! Have a great time on the Nation !

At 1:50pm on March 13, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks for the Like on the Photo's DON ! nice style on the 3 string moon head ,dig the inlay en the neck ! i see you like to recycle aswell ! good fun to get one of these broken & batterd Old Musical Instruments  a second live i find it verry rewarding ! greeeeeettssszz To Ye ! A.D.

At 12:00pm on March 8, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks for the like Don, Glad you liked it ! Greeetsss zz A.D.

 
 
 

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