Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.

Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!

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Comment by Kigar on December 27, 2021 at 2:05pm

Found a new source for boxes - Total Wine.  Sort of big box store for booze. Claim to be the largest seller of cigars in the US.  Anyway, one opened near me and they had a lot of boxes at only $1.25 each.  And wood wine boxes for $5.  Not sure if that is at all stores but maybe worth a look.

Comment by BrianQ. on November 18, 2021 at 3:52pm

Nut oils are also one of the best for necks/fretboards, on the pricey side tho, but I happen to live in a part of Cali that grows almonds & walnuts commercially, so I get it straight from the farm after it’s processed at wholesale price? Post a pic, so we can see your project :)

Comment by Taffy Evans on November 18, 2021 at 12:48am

Hi, as James says Teak oil, I use Teak wax, is good, I have used the wax version for over 30 years. It uses a mix of different natural oils. 

Danish oil, I understand, has a lacquer mixed with it apparently. 

I usually put the wax over a couple of coats of Shellac to get a smooth semi gloss finish.

Taff

Comment by John Mark Perchalski on November 17, 2021 at 4:42pm

James Pobog...I mean, you technically probably COULD but I surely wouldn't advise anyone to do so. The Russ used something during the early part of the 20th to pack rifles that was the equivalent of our cosmoline and was reputedly a mixture of beeswax and diesel. It'll preserve an old Moisin against the end of the world, but when things warm up it tends to ooze out of the wood and all over everything else. 

TL;DR -- Cute joke, but not impossible, and not recommended. ;)

Comment by James Pobog on November 17, 2021 at 4:28pm
"Jan, FYI pretty much, any non-perishable oil will work as an oil finish? "


Makes me want to try used motor oil...
Comment by BrianQ. on November 17, 2021 at 2:58pm

Jan, FYI pretty much, any non-perishable oil will work as an oil finish? 

Comment by jan Pili on November 17, 2021 at 2:48pm

ok. Thank you for the help!

Comment by BrianQ. on November 17, 2021 at 2:47pm

The fishy smell could come from the way or where it was stored? 

Comment by BrianQ. on November 17, 2021 at 2:42pm

Yea Joe, same here, but I like to go a little higher 1500-2000 grit :)

Comment by Sean Murphy on November 17, 2021 at 12:58pm

I've only used Danish oil once, and found that it had an oddly fishy smell; it's possible that it was just the can that I had but it definitely put me off using it more.

 

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