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Use those skinny boxes - Build a doubledecker

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson May 17, 2016. 7 Replies

If you have duplicate boxes that are too skinny for a build have a go at a doubledecker.Remove the top from one and the base from the other,Line  with thin ply to glue them together - result a nice…Continue

Croatian Lijerica,anyone for a cigar box version?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Sleep Dec 31, 2013. 1 Reply

Friends just returned from Croatia gave me this photo of a Lijerica played by Mate Bulic. Anyone know anything about the stringing/tuning/scale length?Anybody made a cigar box version?…Continue

new york-visit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fred Johnson Sep 8, 2012. 7 Replies

Arrived in NY on wednesday..staying in Manhattan any suggestions for good live blues venuesAlso thought I might save the postage on Kenny lee Burgess DVD'sContinue

 

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Poor_Richard liked Michael Fred Johnson's blog post Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers
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Michael Fred Johnson replied to Curio Bill's discussion How much more difficult is a dog bowl resonator to build?
"This is a cat bowl reso.You can see through sound hole the top of the through neck cut out to pass under the bowl,the underside is also cut away to clear the back"
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Michael Fred Johnson replied to Curio Bill's discussion How much more difficult is a dog bowl resonator to build?
"Thanks Taff"
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Michael Fred Johnson replied to Curio Bill's discussion How much more difficult is a dog bowl resonator to build?
"That's enough for six guitars!Here's another variation"
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Michael Fred Johnson replied to Curio Bill's discussion How much more difficult is a dog bowl resonator to build?
"Feel free to steal away!"
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"Beautiful job Gary"
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Michael Fred Johnson replied to Curio Bill's discussion How much more difficult is a dog bowl resonator to build?
"The copper came from a scrap hot water cylinder,it's 0.62mm thick.The holes were cut with a piercing saw(must have snapped about 10 blades).The bowl was hollowed on a wooden dish."
Jan 14
Michael Fred Johnson replied to Curio Bill's discussion How much more difficult is a dog bowl resonator to build?
"The best sounding resonators I've built have used a uke cone and cover assembly. With the dog and cat bowls I think you need a roomy box made from thin material 1/8" ply has worked well, the best one in the group here is the simplest,no…"
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Michael Fred Johnson commented on Michael Fred Johnson's blog post Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers
"Thanks Paul,don't like to see anything wasted"
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Paul Craig commented on Michael Fred Johnson's blog post Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers
"Great job restoring that Violin. Also a great job using the bits to make something else."
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Michael Fred Johnson commented on Michael Fred Johnson's blog post Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers
"Think I agree Korrigan"
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Korrigan commented on Michael Fred Johnson's blog post Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers
"Nice work on both Michael though the CBV is defiantly the cooler of the two."
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swamp witch guitar farmpunk 3

"I reckon it's a Borg guitar"
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"Us dinosaurs can only do what we can do. After that we need a nap."
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Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 12:09pm 7 Comments

This series of photos shows the resurrection of a violin belonging to Chris Meredith, a very talented musician and teacher, who is trying his best to improve my guitar playing.The violin belonged to his father.

As you can see the instrument had gotten wet so was coming apart,the back and front joints starting to open,the ribs coming away from the tail block the linings parting from the ribs.The fingerboard was badly worn,the pegs did not match,there was no bridge and the poor thing…

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Quick bridges

Posted on October 22, 2016 at 8:04am 5 Comments

Spend an afternoon making these bridges,better than using a bolt

1.The day before glue up a sandwich.These are 1/8" thick and 40mm. wide for 20mm. high bridges.The filling is 6mm. narrower

2.Mark out as shown…

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At 10:43am on November 9, 2017, Rose Ericson said…
Ok I am posting a pic on my page of the saw that I have. I believe it is a gents saw. I would post a pic here but I am on an iPad and that is no go.
At 1:40pm on September 29, 2017, Chuck Groves said…
Thanks for the advice Michael! I have a two inch hole saw I was going to use but it would leave an 1/8 of an inch gap between the edge of the sound hole cover and edge of the hole on the box. Is hot glue sufficient for filling in the gap and providing a firm bond or should I use superglue as well?
At 12:24pm on May 20, 2017, Andries D. EKER said…

Funny seeing you do the Minion on the CBG,My jongest done it for a painting contest 2 years ago ,funny how thing go! realy fun build!

At 9:15am on July 6, 2016, Bernie Edwards said…

Hi Michael

Yes it was  from the Early Music Shop in Bradford.

At that time I was living away from home and had no skills at wood crafting so it ended up slightly botched. I still have that problem today!!!

Sealing with a soldering iron sounds a great idea so I will dig it out and hava go.

At 5:09pm on March 29, 2016, Philip Hale said…
Please get in touch and let me know what it was you wanted to say about resonators.
Regards Phil
At 11:07am on March 29, 2016, Philip Hale said…
Hi there Michael, it's good to hear from you, yes I am interested in resonators.
I am setting up a workshop to start building cbg,s.
I have been slowed down after having an operation on my cervical spine, which has left me having little or no feeling in my right hand. But I will not let this stop me building, it will just be a slow process.
My phone is 07716416162 and email is
philip.hale@mail.com.
Best wishes
Phil
At 8:04am on March 13, 2016, Dave Lynas said…
You deserve lots of high marks Michael. I'll bet that baby sounds as good as she looks.
At 11:10am on February 22, 2016, Rooster Reaves said…

Thanks Fred.  I've been kind of doing that, But sometimes I get a little off. I'm working with the basic tools. Some time I'll get some real one instead of the preschool stuff I have.  Thanks for the feed back.

At 3:31pm on February 9, 2016, Bristol Blue said…

I was only kidding Michael - It's a wonderful geetar :-)

At 4:02pm on February 6, 2016, Uncle John said…

Sorry, but LOL on the black instead of stickem' and the great trauma.   Sounds like my work and mess ups! 

I am just in from the shop working to improve 3 gits, which pretty much amounts to fixing screw-ups and oversights!   But it feels good to be improving them.

 
 
 

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