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If you have one of those colossal, bonehead, 'DOH' moments building, tell us about it here. Aw come on, admit it. You've done something completely inept. We wanna here about it.

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Going to fast to get one last one ready for fair

Started by Shawn Jun 24, 2015. 0 Replies

Well I finally did it. I thought yah I got time to build two diddle bows before this weekends fair. Both turned out nice looking and sound nice well except this one.opps got my fret count wrong on…Continue

I'd love to say I did this While doing something important...

Started by Wolf Schlyczk. Last reply by Stephan Ziemba Nov 2, 2014. 4 Replies

I was cleaning up my shop ... cutting up bits too big for my wood stove... Evidently ran past the pusher on my angle gilhooley... hit the thumb pretty square...  never touched the nail...

The mess I'm (trying) to work in.

Started by Jon Pruett. Last reply by Stephan Ziemba Nov 2, 2014. 14 Replies

Not sure about the rest of ya'll, but every once in a while I'll try to clear up enough space to set down a box almost kill myself falling into the mess my shop has become. …Continue

Pushing the envelope until it explodes

Started by Glenn Reither Oct 31, 2014. 0 Replies

I was making a 3 string for a VERY small lady, so I tried to make a very low profile neck for her tiny hands. All was going well until I tested the rigidity and discovered I had made a pretty good…Continue

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Comment by Shawn on April 2, 2010 at 2:19am
On my latest build I was routing out the top for the bridge ( so I could get the action down a bit) and some how drew my lines about 1/2 to close to the neck intonenation was way out as a result. Well I rerouterd it back the 1/2 inch and used a well placed scrap chunk of box wood to fill in front cut out and a well placed cigar box lable to hide the mess up and none the wiser ( well I know) for a view of how it turned out look at my acid box guitar.
Comment by Jeff "Sweet T" Tinsley on March 30, 2010 at 9:43pm
On my 2nd build, I carefully measured, remeasured, marked, and re-remeasured the neck notch (so the fingerboard would be flush with the top of the box). It was a beautiful piece of table saw and router work when I was finished.
Too bad I somehow measured top to bottom and not side to side. That made my notch just over an inch too long.
I eased the pain of that gaffe by gluing the same neck in wrong (the box label was, what I considered, upside down).
My nephew was still thrilled with it, so it's all good.
Comment by HERMIT on March 30, 2010 at 8:25pm
I agree , this is a great idea for a group.
On my first build i printed a neck scale from the internet and proceeded to make the desired cuts. It wasn't till i put on the strings i realised that the fret lengths were off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the second build had its moments but is still my fave.
The third went great until i plugged her in only to find a wire had become detached from the jack socket (yes id already glued down the lid)
thankfully the paper cover gave me enough leverage to fix said dodgy soldering............=0P
IT IS BETTER TO TRY AND FAIL.........THAN NEVER TO TRY AT ALL..........
Comment by Warren on March 30, 2010 at 3:02pm
This is a great group! Before I started my first build, I read everything I could find on building a CBG. Even with all the advise, I did a lot of stupid things (I can relate to cutting on the wrong side of the neck! I've done it more than once. Just didn't think to take a picture of my new firewood - there was no fix to the very first neck).

Here are a few pictures of things I did wrong (and a handful of what I hope are tips for new builders).
http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/albums/my-1st-time-build-mistakes
Comment by dg on March 30, 2010 at 11:47am
no doubt, I love it, great Idea for a group, if you look at my page you can see I built my first (pardon) guit and mocked everything up about a hundred times and wouldnt you know it ,I built it upside down and never noticed it until I put the bridge down, too late because I cut a hole in the box for it. and my number 2 you can plainly see I put a forsner bit through my box and right in to my hand. if you dont like blood dont look.
Comment by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on March 30, 2010 at 11:43am
I continually have those... Learning moments. Whether it's cutting scarfs, measuring fretboards, making sure the scale is correct (or so to what I planned it to be). Fortunately experience has taught me not to screw up the important things... A second time.

-WY
Comment by Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) on March 30, 2010 at 10:49am
Alan, I've been an advocate of the saw stop ever since I first laid eyes on it. You can't put a price on that kind of safety.
Comment by Salty Sea Empire on March 30, 2010 at 9:33am
on my first build i didn't totaly understand how fret scale lengths worked. i used a 25 and a half inch scale from my alvarez acoustic but the problem was that the distance from the nut to the saddle was only 23 inches...so you can see my problem...intonation was horrible...i was never able to fix it, but i have since learned from my mistakes
Comment by Alan Roberts on March 30, 2010 at 9:08am
Worst "Do'h" moment at the craft center came when a student was using a tablesaw to cut staves for an asheko drum. He got his fingers a mite too close to the blade and...
Lucky for him. We had just put in a high-tech, state of the art sawstop table saw. As advertised, that sucker shut DOWN in a fraction of an second. Blew the heck out of the motor and gave the kid a rather bad cut, but it was a "ouch, let's get a bandaid for that" instead of "did anyone see where the finger went?" moment. For the rest of the term we called him "Frodo."
Folks, let me tell you that sawstops are more expensive, but WORTH THE PRICE.
Comment by Dave Onastik on March 30, 2010 at 8:21am
Einstein used to practice violin duets with Jascha Heifitz. One day, Einstein was having problems with rhythm, and Heifitz asked "What's wrong Albert...can't you count?"
 

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I'd love to say I did this While doing something important...

Started by Wolf Schlyczk. Last reply by Stephan Ziemba Nov 2, 2014. 4 Replies

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Pushing the envelope until it explodes

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