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Building a simple cigar box guitar #3: Major assembly

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I hit my stride today, and knocked out quite a bit of work on this. I had an inspiration on the roundovers on the back of the neck. At the end of the previous installment, I had only run them with the back of the neck down on the router table. I realized if I turned it up on edge and ran the already-rounded edges through again, the ends would look a lot nicer, and would be more hand-friendly. The best view of this is in this shot of tuner installation. Note how the radius on each face fades smoothly into the square section (compare that to the picture in the last installment). This required only final sanding to get it to this state. I’m the last one to figure this out, right?

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I sprayed the neck with rattlecan lacquer. It’s not apparent here, but the maple just looks fantastic when the lacquer hits it.

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Starting the box work now. I drilled 2 sound holes, and holes for the jack and pickup. If you want to drill a smaller hole centered on a bigger one, and you really want it centered, don’t eyeball it – measure it.

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I’m using a “rod piezo” pickup (from cbgitty.com). A slot on the underside of the bridge will cover it.

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Starting on the hickory bridge. This is the slot for the pickup. This was done with a 1/8” straight cutting bit on the router table.

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A couple of passes with a 3/8” roundnose bit and I had an “H” shaped section. Rip that in half on the tablesaw, bevel the ends, and I have a bridge.

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The nut is just a little slab of hickory, 1/4” thick, cut to match the width of the neck, with the upper edge beveled. It just rests in the groove. I was surprised to learn that these are often made of bone on proper guitars. Turns out bone is pretty hard. The tuners are Grover brand, “vintage” style.

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Gluing the neck to the underside of the lid. When the glue is dry, it’ll be ready to string up! At that point, I’ll test the electronics, and make a final decision on closing up the box (glue or not-so-permanent screws).

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."



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