So far, I've built around a dozen CBGs - all 3-stringers. With my recent ukelele build, I've kinda got the 4-string bug... maybe.Snagged a couple of good license plates over the weekend and planning…Continue
This build was a double-first. My first ukulele and my first build with a real cigar box. I usually build my boxes from scratch. My deepest respect to those of you who build with them exclusively.…Continue
In my never-ending (and silly) quest to build everything myself from found items, here's a quick tutorial on making your own nuts and bridges from plastic dominos.
I read somewhere that really old dominos were sometimes made from bone, so I hit all the local flea markets and thrift stores, but no joy. So, during one of my daily visits to the World's Largest Retailer, I bought a $5 tin of standard plastic dominos.…Continue
Ok, it's not exactly a tea chest bass, but it'a similar. Part CBG, part Cajon, part... crap from my garage.
Since I don't come across legitimate tea chests much (ever), I decided to take some leftovers from cajon building and make something a little more portable. Figured it would round out the bottom end of the collection too!
Box is nothing special. Roughly 8x12x18, 1/2" ply. Bottom is 1/4" ply. Top is 1/8" luan. Works great on my CBGs and cajons, so decided to give it a…Continue
I've been toying with building a Civil War Era style banjo. After a dozen CBGs and other stuff, I think it's time.
I have the pot and neck wood in hand, but decided it might be smart to build this virtually first, just to make sure it all fits together. Plus, I can take measurements off the drawing and minimize screw-ups (which are more common that I'd like to admit.)
Anyway, here are my Sketchup drawings. Obviously, the neck will get tapered and thinned. Also have to engineer…Continue