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Excellent book about the history of diddley bows

https://homemadeblues.wordpress.com/e-book/

Guys, if you have any interest in diddley bows and the history of instruments check out this fine book by Phil Thomas. The link takes you to a free ebook that's quite informative and interesting. His video Desert Surfin' has…

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Added by Jim Morris on May 17, 2017 at 10:35pm — 2 Comments

Looks Like I Might Have Enough Wood.

Started on the neck and cut some strips for the linings.

Had to drop the exposure, even then it is hard to see how I cut the kerfs in the linings. I use a piece of wood with a slot cut in it to limit the depth of the cut. You have to have all the pieces the same thickness to get the same depth of cut. I dimension them…

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Added by Printer2 on May 13, 2017 at 11:41pm — 3 Comments

Some progress.

Clamped up the ends.







A quick rosette.…



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Added by Printer2 on May 13, 2017 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

PIECES AND PARTS INSPIRATION

I have spent and spend a lot of time searching for STUFF to adorn my CBG's I can't walk in a department store with out scouring the walls and shelves looking for the next great IDEA. My wife thinks I'm crazy. says I have too many CGB's. When I am looking on e-bay for parts ,the longer I look the better deals I find . Most of the wood I use is reclaimed lumber , I'm buying Cherry and Maple at give away prices. There is a store here that sells metals hard woods, overstocks,  cabinet doors ,…

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Added by Allen on May 12, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Bending Time Again

Bent up a sides today. Did it by hand on a pipe being paranoid from breaking it yesterday. Seems Tightbond Original did not like the amount of heat or steam I had to use in bending the side.







Once I had it clamped this much I was not going to give it a chance to spring back on me. Put a wet rag on it and…

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Added by Printer2 on May 8, 2017 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

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They honor and assist injured U.S. military veterans suffering from…

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Added by the anonymous pick on May 8, 2017 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Oh I hope I do this right (bending sides)

Thought I would post this before I bend them. No plan B if I mess up.



Managed to get the pieces all joined without too much stress. Being that I had many joins to make and I did not have much in the way of extra to sand out if they were not close to perfect I modified my process. They turned out fine so now the next stressful operation, bending the sides. Softwoods do not like to bend much and will crease and crush on the inside turns. SuperSoft II really helps out from the one…

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Added by Printer2 on May 7, 2017 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Joining some pieces

Had to use a right angle jig and sandpaper to joint the sides, the jig I usually use was not long enough.

Doing the top and back pieces with my router. I but the joint edges against the bit and run the router along a straight edge. A bit of fiddling to get it set but I usually come away with a good glue…

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Added by Printer2 on May 6, 2017 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Cigar Box Bass complete

Today I finished my first cigar box bass: four string, fretless, short scale 30". The neck is a sandwich of hard maple and walnut, and the fretboard is walnut. I used a tiny knot on the fretboard as the octave marker. Neck is finished with spray lacquer; fretboard is finished with oil & beeswax. 

The Mark Twain cigar box would have benefitted from a piezo pickup because it was pretty cool, but I sprayed it with several coats of lacquer and tried to keep Twain's face intact at…

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Added by Jim Brown on May 6, 2017 at 7:18pm — 3 Comments

Quick Resaw Photo

The 2x4 was a little damp and gummed up my blade. Have a fan on them trying to dry them out. Cut the 2x4 in half and resawed one for backs, tops and linings. Cut two lengths for the sides and that left about a 1" board to make the neck, braces and stuff. Think I am going to make an 00 sized guitar, aprox. 19" body length, 14.5" lower bout.…

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Added by Printer2 on May 5, 2017 at 10:23pm — No Comments

2 x 4 Contest, You Talked Me Into It.

I saw the post on making a ukulele and I thought I would like to do it, a simple build that won't take too much time. I was suppose to make one at a uke forum when they had a thread on building them. One thing lead to another, I glued a couple of pieces of wood together for the neck, put it aside for a different project, will have to show you guys that one when it gets going. Looked through my stash of 2 x 4's, I have kept my eye out for any that would be half useful to build an instrument.…

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Added by Printer2 on May 4, 2017 at 11:10pm — 1 Comment

Sort Of Finished For Now.

I left everybody with an unsightly mess on the guitar. But there was a method to my madness.

Here are some of the last bits and pieces, the bridge and the tailpiece.…

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Added by Printer2 on April 30, 2017 at 9:35am — 4 Comments

The Pressure Is On.

I am just catching up on posting although the pace is crazy. Not much time for reflection and determining if my next action will work or not. Speaking of.

I had the painters give me some raw tint to put int paint, was suppose to be good for water based and oil paint. It didn't seem to like the wipe on poly and instead of mixing stayed as mini globules as I mixed it. I went with it anyway , first doing a yellow coat and then when dry doing an halo orange coat. I could see it wasn't going…

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Added by Printer2 on April 29, 2017 at 8:09am — 2 Comments

Some Binding

Routed out the binding ledge. Decided to use some flamed maple I have, never bent it before.







Messy bench, I'll get to it later. I have my masking tape ready to hold down the binding, using fish glue, another first. I have a bending iron in the vice to touch up the maple binding. It sprung back as shown…

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Added by Printer2 on April 28, 2017 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

I'll keep the mushroom posts in mind although I doubt I will get much movement on such a small instrument with how I built it. So I had the idea to hammer form the resonator cover out of the aluminum…

I'll keep the mushroom posts in mind although I doubt I will get much movement on such a small instrument with how I built it.

So I had the idea to hammer form the resonator cover out of the aluminum. Seemed like a good idea, would have been easier with thinner aluminum. Had a piece of fir plywood that I carved the dome shape out of, used a hand plane and worked up a sweat. That was premium old growth fir ply. It was easy enough figuring out if I needed to take off more from one side…

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Added by Printer2 on April 28, 2017 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Further On Up The Road

A few more pictures. Don't know how to brace the top, it's not like a normal acoustic with the sound hole. With the well the hole portion of the top is fairly stiff. So the points above and below are the flexible parts. Basically you want to limit the movement of the top trying to fold in on itself requiring a neck reset. Tied the neck block to the well which stiffened the top up. Not a heck of a lot of stress from four strings with a short scale length but I am building this so you can swap…

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Added by Printer2 on April 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Paint Can Lid Resonator Entry.

Not sure how this forum works, but this will be my build sequence of building my entry.

Great! Two weeks into the contest and I decide to give it a try. Played around with some door skins thinking to build out of it, finally decided to use some parts where I took a wrong turn on and doubt I would build from them but can't seem to toss them out. Some baked maple sides and a neck glued up from sugar pine I salvaged from a pallet.…

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Added by Printer2 on April 27, 2017 at 1:56pm — 4 Comments

Thoughts on a Guitar Show

I was a vendor at my first guitar show this past weekend. The show had a minor handmade music theme and was headlined by Justin Johnson, who had a booth, did a clinic and presented the final concert of the day. The show directors contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in donating one of my guitars as a giveaway item to be signed - and potentially played - by Justin. Since I live only 70 miles from the venue, I jumped at it. Arranged for the donation, reserved a booth and started flinging…

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Added by Hal Robertson on April 25, 2017 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

What are Your Top 3 Choices for Paint Lid Resonator 2 (Favotite Kitchen Party Drink)

 1 Milt's tricone. Aside from being innovative,it's Made in Canada.Check out the video it sounds great.

2 Jim's banjo, Love the sound resonace and build quality. Reminds me of a working mans instrument.Check out the video.

3 AGP's entry.I like the look and materials used.

Those are my choices so far.What are yours?

Since there seems to be little interest in this blog. I am adding a second feature ,favourite kitchen party drink

1 Beer (locally made…

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Added by Erasmo Coco on April 25, 2017 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Voodoo Stick - New album (download)

'Voodoo Stick', the Chonkinfeckle CBG album and pdf book! For those who don't know us, we're a UK based duo & one half, Les Hilton suffered two strokes 4 months ago.

Now he has managed to finish it, and its now available as a free download. All we ask is if you possibly make a small donation to the charity 'Stroke Association' here in the UK who do a sterling job with Stroke victims All the links can be found on the page link below

MANY THANKS!!…

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Added by Chonkinfeckle on April 19, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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