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Maximum Box Thickness

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wal Callaby May 1. 10 Replies

Hello all.What is the thickest material you all have ever seen/used for a custom box.I understand thinner is better sounding (to a point.  You don't want a veneer box...:) ), and thinner is obviously…Continue

Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Bowen Mar 5. 13 Replies

So, woodworking tool newbie here, and I was just wondering what is everyone's opinion on if brand/price matters for chisels, rasps, hand planers and files?Is it worth getting the high end stuff for…Continue

Card Table to Router Table?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Doyle Feb 15. 7 Replies

So, I inherited several card tables.  I seriously have like 6 of them.I was thinking, could they be durable enough - with plywood and board reinforcements on the top- that I could turn one into a…Continue

Custom box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clark Rowden Nov 21, 2017. 4 Replies

So, I assume this has been asked before, but how many people in here have made custom boxes for their CBG's?I have quite a few hardwood boards I inherited from my grandfather that are still in great…Continue

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Wal Callaby replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"Hi Shaun- I'm gonna stick my neck out here and say you're from RoI. If so, try searching Kitronic on the web. They do all sorts of mad craft stuff, but also a decent range of A4 size (and larger too, but I like the A4) birch ply. I started…"
May 1
Paul Craig replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"Hobby stores usually carry thin ply."
Apr 29
darryl kernaghan replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"Thinner will generally be an advantage accoustically, but there are many intangibles, i have a very thick,[ around 12 mm] Macanudo cigar box from one of my very 1st builds, made of MDF, which i thinned the top down by about 1/2, it has very small…"
Apr 28
Richard Dean replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"We actually have 4x4 sheets of Birch ply at our Home Depot down to 5/32""
Apr 28
Cause the Blue rat replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"3/4 inch for the back and sides. The top is 1/8 ply. I never put sound holes in it. The idea was to make the body as light as I could but strong enough for a six string neck. Ended up added an extra bit of 3/4 ply on the back to secure the…"
Apr 28
Taffy Evans replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"Hi Shawn, I have posted about this a few times, here are a few pointers. My tops are maximum 1/8" laminated or solid, along with appropriate [minimal] bracing. Backs the same.  The sides do not play a role in the sound production other…"
Apr 22
Erasmo Coco replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
" 1/4 in,  is the thickest I have ever used.   Invest your money in pick ups if you are building with 1/2 in. it will be an electric build in my opinion ."
Apr 21
Tom T replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"The natural acoustics of our box guitars is not really very good, thus the common use of a pickup. Once a pickup is installed, the box acoustics don't really play into it much. That beings said, the answer to your question is any thickness you…"
Apr 21
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"1/2” would work for the body ,1/4”for the back ,1/8” for the top , I have used 3/4” pine for the body on my Teapot build gave me a nice bright sound , also used same thickness on my Parlour build turned out great now in…"
Apr 20
Paul Craig replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Maximum Box Thickness
"I used some Cedar fence plank that was 3/8" thick for a build. I routed the center of the top and back down to 3/16" leaving 3/8" strip around the outer edge. 1/4" would be the thickest I've used for top/back material."
Apr 20
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Maximum Box Thickness

Hello all.What is the thickest material you all have ever seen/used for a custom box.I understand thinner is better sounding (to a point.  You don't want a veneer box...:) ), and thinner is obviously lighter.But would, say, a 1/2" thick box work? See More
Apr 20
Mark Bowen replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files
"For necks, I have an antique draw knife that takes a lot of material off in a hurry with great control. They can be found at flea markets sometimes. With a good edge on it, it is a joy to use."
Mar 5
Kigar replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files
"Agree with others about getting the level of quality based on the amount of use. To me that would mean good files and cheap chisels as I rarely chisel but always file.  I had a hard time finding the good but affordable wood working stuff, maybe…"
Mar 3
David McQueen replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files
"Proper sharpening is one of the black arts I have little knowledge of. So, for necks, I use a Stanley Sureform rasp. It works well. When it gets dull, I just buy a replacement blade. For the fine finish, pre sanding, I have a scraper. I picked it up…"
Mar 2
Titch the Clown replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files
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Br Harold F Stubbs III replied to Shawn Doyle's discussion Chisels, Rasps, Hand Planers, and Files
"Why are there a lot of opinions on this... Geometry is the deciding factor in sharpening. The first factor in tools might be material - a chisel blade made out of hardwood would be odd, unless you were chiseling something like cheese. but the…"
Feb 28

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At 3:59pm on February 8, 2018, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Saw your query about material thickness for DIY box , suggest 1/8" for top back and sides

At 9:02am on June 20, 2013, Matt Everts said…

Hey Shawn,

That is actually just two pieces of wood. The neck board in the middle and a slotted wider piece underneath so we could carve out any shape we wanted. But the glue works great with tension. We just started using scarf joints for the head angles and again no problem with tension at all.

 

I say go for it!

 
 
 

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