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Necks- Can you build em Sideways ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Bliss Oct 21, 2011. 9 Replies

Ok, that's oddly put, but not sure how else t word it. Here's the thing, I want an angled headstock, but also want laminated sides on the neck, as they will actually form  the sides of the body too.…Continue

How to- Sunburst ??

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Boutilier Jul 18, 2011. 10 Replies

simple as that. Trying to figure out how to do a nice sunburst on a box ?Anyone ? thanks jimContinue

BANDSAW PROBLEM-- could end my building hopes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Slowpaw Steve T Jun 28, 2011. 14 Replies

hey all... seems i dont have a way to cut a clean, close and accurate straight line...i was going to cut a practice "A" type strummer, cut strips up the bottom , looks like a fork.. know what i…Continue

Basic Box and Reso Building Questions -- for the love of fuzzy kittens, someone help me

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mungo Park Jun 3, 2011. 5 Replies

Got most of the parts I need ordered !!  Now waiting (and praying Canada post doesnt go on strike tomorrow !!!) While I wait.... I'm planning on making my own boxes for some projects, like a License…Continue


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People Can Suck Sometimes

Posted on June 3, 2011 at 6:49pm 1 Comment

Could pretty much leave it there - but I shall go on...


Yesterday my brother comes home.  There is a woman at the end of our road (we are a little hidden off the main road).  Trunk is open and she has a box.  Knowing our street is a "pet dumping ground" my brother goes over and warns her the area as not safe to be walking in as people "releave" themselves in there (also true... sad isn't it).


She explains she is a paramedic working in the city and found a…


String Crazy and Postal Waits

Posted on June 3, 2011 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

Ever feel the cosmos conspires against you ?


Well, at least a few salespeople and Canada post.


Now on strike.  Oh man.  And I still have thin wood and string to buy before I can start building.


On a positive note - my how-to book arrived after 2 months and a paypal refund (yes, I repaid him) -- unfortunately, everyone in here already answered all the info covered in the book pretty much, haha.


Ok,  on a real positive…


Entering this crazy Poor-Man's Music world !

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 5:37pm 8 Comments

Hey everyone (anyone who might be reading),


Loving this CBNation site !


I'm a terribly musically challenged individual.  You could set me out in the wilderness and although I could find a way to make a knife, build a hut, tell me my supper depended on contributing something musical and I guess I'd starve.


Thank goodness I discovered the 3 String instruments. 


I currently have a very pretty (I mean manly) 3 String Stick Dulcimer…


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At 1:17pm on October 21, 2011, Mark Bliss said…

Hey James

You posted a question on bowed dulcimer vs fiddle?

Unfortunatly since you posted it as a "message to all members" of a group, there is no route to respond. Try reposting it as a discussion topic in the apprpriate group, then there is a way to get responses.

Hope that helps!


At 4:56pm on June 24, 2011, Rand Moore said…

Hi James.


Sorry about the broken link. Try this one: new link



At 11:45am on June 24, 2011, Rand Moore said…

Hi James.

Here's an update to the thread about how to squeeze a small tuna can resonator into a short cigar box using a neck thru design. Here's the link.


At 3:26pm on May 26, 2011, bairfoot cajun said…
howdy james  on the neck angle question of how---i cut the neck thru piece in 2 pieces and then added another piece under those 2 pieces so this allowed me to tilt the part in front that goes to the tuners by wedging just a sliver of wood under it then i just shaved off the part of it that would not allow the lid to fit flush--shaved about the same amount as the sliver of wood i put underneath it and used a block plane to do the shaving of it for proper fit.
At 9:58pm on May 22, 2011, Wichita Sam said…
thanks for friending me.... contact me anytime you think I can help... the best,  Sam
At 5:49pm on May 16, 2011, bairfoot cajun said…
howdy james,just dropped in to answer a few questions for ya.about the biscuits,they are the cutouts that a hole-saw bit makes therefore that is why they have that lil hole in the center of them. sometimes i screw them onto whatever i may use for the resonator but not always,most of the time they are free floating and the string pressure holds them in place.thanks for the comments.lots of times when i cut out a hole for a resonator i use the same exact piece i cut out for the biscuit,just might have to add another cutout of the same diameter but only thinner to make the original biscuit just a lil taller for proper string action. hope these ideas helps ya.thanks again for the comments and questions.

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