Cigar Box Guitar #2: Neck, fretboard, and body

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Blog entry by PittsburghTim posted 10-06-2012 11:32 AM 1748 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To continue my venture into home made music, I used a rat tail file to make a recess at the end of the fretboard for the nut, which is, ironically, a bolt. The nut is not my term, but us the traditional name for the piece where the strings transition from the end of the fretboard and turn down to the tuning pegs.

At this point, I glued the fretboard to the neck and set it aside to dry. While drying, I cut two soundholes into the body (cigar box) making sure they did not interfere with where the neck passes through the body. I then glued in two stainless steel crumb catchers to give the sound holes a finished, yet funky look in keeping with the idea of something made from scraps laying around the garage.

Finally, I shaped the neck by trimming about 1/4 inch from either side. This brought the width back to 1 1/2 inches which was called for in the original plan. From there, I drilled holes in the neck for tuning pegs and sanded everything down to get ready for finishing.

Thanks for looking,


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

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