In this series, I’ll be building a simple cigar box guitar. You can see just how simple by comparing it to a proper instrument – Randall Price’s tenor guitar, for example. It’s a “through neck” design, meaning the neck goes all the way through the body, and only it counteracts the tension in the strings. The box is non-structural; it just looks good, and serves as a resonating chamber. The first step is to mill up a neck blank, then use it to lay out ...
Was inspired by the Randall Price series on building a tenor acoustic guitar and figured my wood working skills had reached the point where I could attempt a guitar, albeit an electric one. I’m slightly obsessive about using recycled wood whenever I can and am often going through people’s old furniture where I have salvaged some quite nice wood over the years. This time around a friend was throwing out an old beat up kitchen table while I was helping her move house. It seemed...
When I last left you, we were right at the point of beginning construction on many of the jigs and forms that will make this endeavor much easier. Conveniently, the timing works very well since I’m still awaiting the opportunity to make it down to Austin to pick up that Performax 22/44 that I got off eBay (thanks to my cousin, Brady, for getting it for me). This, of course, will allow me to get all that beautiful wood down to thickness easily and more precisely. In the meantime, t...
In this part of the construction blog of my OM-sized 12-fret acoustic, I’ll give you some thoughts about wood selection and milling… WOOD SELECTION I mentioned in Blog post #1 that I wanted to construct this guitar from scratch. Not that I don’t like the nice selection of exotic back and sides as seen on eBay, but I greatly enjoy the process of taking a tree (or large board) and seeing something built from it. Though Walnut isn’t a traditional choice for guita...
Hello, Lumberjocks! It’s time to chronicle an actual project from me. I hope you enjoy the first of a series of blog posts about the construction of what I’ve always dreamed is the first of many acoustic guitars. BACKGROUND Long ago, perhaps 25 years ago in high school, my uncle, Roe, constructed a banjo and gifted it to my mother (yes, his sister). It was beautiful to me and though I never really learned to play it other than to strum open and barred chords, I greatly...
Very quick update on the guitar… Johnathan has been rather busy galavanting around the South East and down to the Gold Coast…Got him back into the workshop on Wednesday and started the final shaping of the back of the neck…..Used a half inch radius round over bit to scarf out the rough shape… leaving quite a large quirk…I gave Johnathan a rasp and told him to remove all the timber that did not look like a guitar neck… HMM sound a little like Mr MiyagiHe had...
Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In this video I build a mortise template and cut the neck mortise in the guitar.
Marked out the shape of the headstock… Off to the band saw cut the relief on the headstock… sliced off the excess…[will be smoothed at the TWC] I find having the resaw guide [MagSwitch brand] is easier on the other side of the blade… And now for the Demon shape…. Involving Johnathan in each part of the build… it is his after all … I am just providing the workshop.. and some tuition…NB…. the offcuts were taped to the bla...
It is this week already and have not posted pics of last weeks efforts… Well that is all the holes drilled for the knobs and pots…all done last week. This week we cut the pocket for the neck… using the TWC… stay tuned…
A family project, my wife and I are making ours first but my fifteen year old daughter also plans to build one later. Finding cigar boxes took the longest but I happened across some cardboard boxes while on a business trip for 25 cents each and grabbed four. The only wooden boxes they had were small but I also bought a medium sized paper covered wooden box that I might later make into a ukulele. For the neck I selected red oak but plan on adding a walnut fingerboard. My wife selected a...
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