Cigar Box Guitar #1: Good Start

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Blog entry by PittsburghTim posted 09-30-2012 09:59 PM 4393 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently purchased a book called the Handmade Music Factory by Mike Orr. I had seen another book on the topic reviewed here several weeks ago and that stirred my interest. I haven’t played an instrument since I was forced to take several years of piano lessons by my mom some 35 years ago, but I just finished to large coffee table projects and wanted something new to start.

I read through the book and decided to start with a three-string, fretless guitar, I stopped at the local cigar shop and picked up four boxes from a pile of 20 or more. They were three dollar a piece. I intend to pick up some more if for nothing less than a very handsome way to store small bits and pieces in the workshop.

Anyway, I picked up three used, but beautiful, tuners or pegs and three strings at the local guitar shop and started to work. The first order of business is to make the neck. I started with a 3/4 inch by two inch piece of walnut left over from another project. It was 33 inches long according to plan. I made the angled cut for the end of the neck on the band saw and glued the waste piece to the back of the neck after some sanding of the cuts.

Next, I placed blue masking tape on both ends of the box and laid out the openings for the the neck to pass through. I drilled holes at the four corners of each opening using a brad point bit (to make a nice clean cut in the decorative paper that covers the wooden cigar box. After cutting the openings with a coping saw, I used a file to fine tune the openings. That’s it for now. Hope to work on it more this week.

Thanks for reading,


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 02:05 AM

I have never seen one of these before. Great idea and reuse of materials

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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