Has anyone made the mandolin based on the plans found here, https://cigarboxnation.com/page/5-string-cigar-box-mandolin
I've been thinking about making both a cigar box mandolin and a normal mandolin, and I figured this would be a fun plan to follow, especially as a good applicant for the current build off contest.
So far I think I'm going to change the neck dimensions, since 2" seems really wide, I think 1.25"-1.75" would work better, and I can't tell what the original has for a tailpiece, maybe just nails going into the end of the box? In that case it would really need an end block, and honestly a neck block too.
And I'm not really sure what E on the plans represents. Some kind of back brace?
I've got a nice antique box that is pretty close to the dimensions required, and I'll probably post my progress here or in a new thread.
Yea, seeing that is confusing, but in the other drawing, it specifies “e” as a block? Just like how most of us brace the corners in our cbg’s, so maybe that makes more sense? The other drawings don’t show a brace going across the body, but back bracing would benefit thinner boxes & improve sound? I think you could go either way with good results on this, good luck :)