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What do you do with your cut off pieces?

Started this discussion. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Oct 9. 29 Replies

I have now filled a fourth box of short pieces from a inch or two up to maybe a foot.  Any good ways to store these, or do you toss/burn them or do something else?  They can always be used for a…Continue

Tuner Hole Save

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Sep 5. 3 Replies

Thought I'd share a goof up that ended up with an easy save.  I am working on a build using the cheap tuners you can see in the picture.  Through some bad layout skills the angled tuner is opposite…Continue

Fell off the horse - bad planning or maybe bad wood

Started this discussion. Last reply by john mackay Dec 30, 2016. 5 Replies

I was drilling large tuner holes for a u-bass cbg when the wood let go.  Only real harm was the time lost and the small piece of wood, but some anger management was required.  Not sure if it was the…Continue

Spray varnish - before and after a year later

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Dec 21, 2016. 5 Replies

Ran across the unfinished box and compared it to the varnished one I did about a year and a half ago, actually my first cbg.  I bought two of the same box in case I totally messed up the first one. …Continue

 

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Kigar replied to Richard Dean's discussion 3 String Resonator Build...and a million annoying questions
"Is the opposite true? On a 3 stringer, if a six pole pickup is angled so two poles go under each string would it be hotter?"
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Kigar replied to Richard Dean's discussion 3 String Resonator Build...and a million annoying questions
"You might try adding a little oil paint to your finish, I was able to tint Tru oil that way."
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Kigar replied to Janis Wilson Hughes's discussion Scroll saw fret slot cutting - I need a thicker blade - help a sister out please
"Not really an answer to the blade width, but for your hand/wrist issues you might try pressing in the frets instead of pounding them in.  Some hard wood blocks and a decent vise will push them in with little effort."
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Kigar replied to Nic Milton's discussion Hi & Making Box Look Good
"Agree with Jeff, leave the character. But if you want to get the sticker residue off you could use goof off or similar stuff. If you want to distress it a torch works great."
Oct 14
Kigar replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Resonator cbg question
"Looks great! Is that a stove burner?"
Oct 14
Kigar replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion 2017 Halloween Build-Off!
"Spooky cool, love the blues band!"
Oct 13
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Really on the floor next to the bench, yesterday I made a batch of walnut stain.  Walnuts are everywhere here right now.  Some people boil them but I didn't have a suitable pot.  Super easy to make it turns out, just filled a…"
Oct 9
Kirk replied to Kigar's discussion What do you do with your cut off pieces?
"Thank you Rose!  I got it, and accepted! :)"
Oct 9
Rose Ericson replied to Kigar's discussion What do you do with your cut off pieces?
"Kirk I'm sending you a friend request so I can ass you the PDF when finished"
Oct 8
Kigar replied to guilhem's discussion Ukulele bass - string buzzing
"I tried one too, the strings vibrate like crazy. Maybe you could raise the bridge and/or the nut to see if it is too close to the fretboard. Also plucking the string parallel to the fretboard helps. I couldn't get any acoustic sound volume…"
Oct 6
Kigar replied to Wal Callaby's discussion No, seriously, what are you playing?
"20mm is plenty for 3 strings, our 1x2 is really .75x 1.5" and that is fine with hardwood."
Oct 6
Kigar replied to Brian Revels's discussion Semi-Uke Kit Build in the group Cigar Box Ukulele
"The buzz shouldn't be the nut, when fretting it is out of the picture.  It is probably touching the next fret or another close by. If you lay a straight edge on them you could see if one is high or low. Never used that tuning, only…"
Oct 6
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Thanks, some good ideas here.  I left the space for a place to strum, but there is a ton of room there, especially like the first aid kit idea."
Oct 6
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"I was planning to leave it whole, but you have me thinking.  Do you mean like a resonator or a gap between the two halves as a sort of sound hole or something else?"
Oct 6
Rose Ericson replied to Kigar's discussion What do you do with your cut off pieces?
"Wow thanks Darryl. I am working on putting it into a PDF, I can pass it to you when I'm done if you like. Or I can give you the dimensions so you can go for it. LOL there are no rules !!!!"
Oct 5
Kigar replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Working on guitar using a Boy Scout mess kit, the tin even has the "be prepared" logo on it.  The rib on clamp on the tin it planned to work for the bridge, trying to add scout like details such as a wooden match for the nut. …"
Oct 5

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License Plate Guitar

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 9:35pm 6 Comments

Thought I'd post this one, it was my second build.  Box was scrap hardwood flooring, the tongue side made a great recess for the plate.  The bottom is scrap thin ply of unknown origin.  The neck is the unique feature, it is half of a hickory branch that was originally intended for a bow but I decided the the knots and kink are beyond my bowyer abilities.  The kink made the string break for the tuners.  The action is no action, with the curvy branch it is slide only for this one.  I passed…

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New Guy - First Build

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 9:09pm 4 Comments

Hi all, just joined this group after taking for a while I thought I would try to give some back.  I have made a few projects so far, this is the first....

My First Cigar Box Guitar

 After stumbling across the whole Cigar Box Guitar thing (not sure where I originally found it) I decided to make one.  I got into making bows a few years ago and while I still enjoy it there comes a point where making another meets the quantity I already have x the effort x skill and so on.  Having…

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