Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'banjo'

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Adventures in Lutherie #3: Oops! I'll use it somewhere

11-13-2016 03:04 AM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

While working on the dulcimer for my wife, I cut the fingerboard too short. It’s okay, I have plenty of wood and it was still just a stick with no real crafting invested in it. But figured I’d put it to good use. I cut the peg head into one end as ‘practice’ for the real thing. So now I have this fingerboard with a peg head cut into it. It’s too narrow for a cigar box guitar. Looking around the internet, I think I can use it to make a 4 string ‘teno...

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Craftsman/King Seeley 9x30 Lathe #5: Banjo tune-up

06-09-2014 04:23 AM by Woodknack | 4 comments »

King Seeley never bothered to clean up the parts after casting, that was left to future owners and most of them didn’t. My lathe was around for 54 years and most surfaces were rough as a cob when I brought it home. Here I’m cleaning up the banjo.

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A Special Guitar

02-27-2014 09:21 PM by summerfi | 18 comments »

A Special Guitar Those of you who have read my past blog entries know that my family heritage and the tradition of woodworking passed down to me by my ancestors are very important to me. Some of my relatives came from the great tool making city of Sheffield, England, and many of those who found their way to America worked as carpenters, operated sawmills, or were fine craftsmen. My father, Seth Milton Summerfield, Jr., was not only the most recent of this line of woodworkers, but he was al...

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Electric Banjo Build #1: Intro

08-30-2013 01:59 AM by CartersWhittling | 5 comments »

Hello. It has been a while since I last had a project build on this site, but I think my next build will make up for the silence. I am currently planning and ordering hardware for an electric banjo. A few months back I started playing the banjo and have really been enjoying it. I have also wanted to make a musical instrument for some time now. After jamming with some folks on my banjo playing along to pop, rock and folk music I thought an electric banjo might make a nice fit. So I began...

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Another Banjo!

06-17-2012 04:41 AM by Brett | 3 comments »

I have started another banjo! Here are a couple of videos of turning the pot. Nothing earth shattering but just some video of the process for anyone that may be interested. Brett

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Banjo #8: All Done!

05-11-2012 10:09 PM by Brett | 8 comments »

It’s finished! Not much to say really. I had fun and now I have a banjo to try and learn to play! Ha ha Here is a link to the finished project and here is a video of how it sounds. I didn’t blog a whole lot on the build but I think most will get the idea, it’s definately NOT a how to blog! Thanks for watching!

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Banjo #4: More Glue, More Clamps!

04-20-2012 05:29 PM by Brett | 1 comment »

This is getting fun! Seriously! This is such a mental releif from the usual “box” type project that I seem to do. If you look at my gallery, you would ask yourself, “What is he talking about, usual box type project?”. Well, most of them are not posted on there because they were just that, a box type project. Nothing really unique or new to me. But since I have a lathe, I have been thinking outside of the box. At least the square box! I have also been work...

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Banjo #2: Clamps Removed

04-18-2012 02:48 AM by Brett | 0 comments »

Here are some images of the neck with the clamps removed. The fingerboard is glued on with some titebond II. One thing that I didn’t do that was on the example on the website that I am following is a spar in the neck. The 2024 aluminum that I found was $50 for a 3’ piece. Too much for me. So I left that piece out and we will see what becomes of it. If there is a noticable problem for me, I can always make another neck or just make a 2nd version of the banjo with the necessa...

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Banjo #1: The Neck

04-17-2012 05:00 AM by Brett | 3 comments »

After building my gas can guitar, I thought that I would build a canjo, or “banjo out of a gas can”. Basically, the guitar with a 5th string. After doing some research, (web surfing), I ran across this plan for making a “real” banjo. Here is my weekend progress on the neck of the banjo. It is made from three pieces of madrone laminated together with black walnut for the finger board, and quarter sawn sycamore for the peg head. I will use either ebony or a bone ...

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Banjo Construction #2: Four fingerboards

02-24-2012 01:36 PM by Scrape | 0 comments »

Here are four banjo fingerboards in various states of completion. All four use a 24.75” scale length. The top one is some form of rosewood. It will be a very simple fretless fingerboard used on a tackhead banjo. That banjo will use violin pegs, so the bump on the side of that banjo is where the 5th string peg will come up through the neck and fingerboard. The second from the top is also some form of rosewood. It will be a partially fretted fingerboard, with a brass overlay bel...

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