Lots of people seem to like the bridges I make for my builds, and I've often said they're quite simple to make. It's not really my design - it's similar to a banjo bridge and there are a few other builders on CBN who use similar bridges. I've been meaning to do a how-to for a while, so here we go:

I start off with a bit of scrap wood, most likely an offcut from the fretboard. For these two I am using walnut and maple, but any hardwood is fine. The little bone pieces are from a 80x10x3mm bridge blank which I cut into 4 pieces. I mark the bridge's full length, then mark where to drill to make the slope on the top and the 'arches' on the bottom. I work out the height the bridge needs to be first, then subtract the 3mm for the bone and mark it out on the wood.

I carefully drill out the holes with the piece clamped to a scrap of wood to prevent tear out.

Now the bridges are cut out and are beginning to take shape. Next the bone pieces are glued onto the tops of the bridges. I use superglue for this.

The bone is glued on and the tape is removed. Time for some sanding.

I clamp a piece of 60 grit sandpaper to my bench and sand the bridge at an angle to blend the bone and wood, and to make a 'sharp' peak along the top of the bone. This is also handy for flattening the bottom of the bridge. the curves are done with the rounded corner of a sanding block.

These are both finished now after being sanded to 180 grit.

A few coats of Danish oil and they're done! Measure the string spacing you want to use and carefully file some shallow grooves with a triangle needle file.

Of course there is plenty of opportunity for individual expression with this design. In the photo above I doubled up the thickness, so the blank was 1/2" thick, and used half a bone nut blank. I also went without the centre 'foot'.

I hope this has been of some use!

-Richey Kay

Views: 2369

Comment

You need to be a member of Cigar Box Nation to add comments!

Join Cigar Box Nation

Comment by Wayfinder on November 13, 2015 at 8:30am

Thank you Richey.  I'll see if I can find them.

Comment by Richey Kay on November 13, 2015 at 1:26am
I get those from eBay in packs of ten from China. They come out about 50p each.
Comment by Wayfinder on November 12, 2015 at 7:06pm

Thanks for the article.  Very interesting.  Where do you get the bone blank? 

Comment by Richey Kay on November 4, 2015 at 2:25am

Thank you all, you're welcome.

Comment by john w on November 2, 2015 at 11:25am

Man that is very sweet.   I love the simple tailpiece as well.  Serious style and craftsmanship. 

Comment by Ray K III on October 29, 2015 at 11:33pm

Nice work. I was wondering how some of these were made. ThX for sharing your method.

Comment by Preston J. Laisure on October 29, 2015 at 11:18pm

A really interesting and well documented piece. Thank you.

Comment by dean showering on October 28, 2015 at 5:17pm
Very nice
Comment by Bluesheart on December 31, 2014 at 11:46am

Excellent article and techniques!!

Comment by Wichita Sam on August 28, 2014 at 5:27pm

very nice.... a clear demo of how something that adds a lot of class to a build doesn't have to be difficult to do....

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor


Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

Jazzy F7 Tuning for 4-string cigar box guitar

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Hector Arturo Chavez 10 hours ago. 6 Replies

Build 3

Started by pavlovamericanroadtrip in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by pavlovamericanroadtrip yesterday. 5 Replies

2016 Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Fest - ALL THE INFO!

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Jim Morris yesterday. 1 Reply

Inlay.

Started by Fomhorach in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by sparky37 on Friday. 9 Replies

Just about finished

Started by Barrie Collins in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by John Sawyer on Thursday. 4 Replies

Insane Microwave Guitar - fully functioning instrument built from a microwave

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by the anonymous pick on Wednesday. 24 Replies

One Hand Dan's Triple-Neck Cigar Box Guitar

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Greg Thompson on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Latest Activity

the anonymous pick commented on Buck Dawson's photo
Thumbnail

Uke-Red

"them tins work a treat  ;-) "
9 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com)'s group Introduce Yourself!
"i  think  they  get the   " dukes  of hazzard "  on…"
11 minutes ago
Buck Dawson commented on Buck Dawson's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_2221

"This one I named "Lois Rose" after the great aunt who gave me this cigar box. She kept…"
12 minutes ago
Buck Dawson posted a status
"My third CBG and my first Uke builds made with CB Gitty parts and large, deep, cookie-tins."
19 minutes ago
Buck Dawson posted photos
21 minutes ago
Bama Hound commented on Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com)'s group Introduce Yourself!
"That is O.K. Joern, you do speak Cigar Box Guitar. I got a point of curiosity. Ya'll is a way…"
41 minutes ago
T-Gripped liked Hal Somervill's photo
1 hour ago
CDA Ramirez commented on CDA Ramirez's video
Thumbnail

Moments with Danny and Ginny

"Thank you anonymous pick. I appreciate it!"
1 hour ago
wes carl commented on BILL GRONER's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_2110

"I dont know whats its worth but it looks great "
1 hour ago
wes carl commented on Nate's photo
1 hour ago
Nate posted a photo

Cheap guitars, cheaper beer, cheap fun

Me on my Antonio Cleopatra aucoustic, my buddy Dutch on harp, and Susie Q on the porch.
2 hours ago
the anonymous pick commented on CDA Ramirez's video
Thumbnail

Moments with Danny and Ginny

"awesome  playing  ! "
2 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2016   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service