|Project by stanley2||posted 08-15-2014 01:33 PM||1216 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
My first cigar box guitar (cbg) is a tenor ukulele for my ten year old grandson, intended to give him a break from the piano.
I’m a woodworker, not a musician so I had a lot to learn and really appreciated the advice available on Cigar Box Nation and other forums.
The neck is spalted birch overlaid by a paduk fret board. The headstock is veneered with tiger maple. I couldn’t get the surgeon general’s warning label off the graphics so I removed the graphic paper and veneered a piece of white oak in its place. On the veneer I placed a decal with “sidekick” along it. That is the nickname I gave him as he handed me tools when doing maintenance at his home. After running a bead of CA glue along all edges and seams of the graphics I applied several coats of spray lacquer to finish.
I was lucky in peeling the embossed Punch graphic that was in the center of the box and relocating it to its new location, hopefully out of the way of strumming.
I used Acquila strings and was very careful trying to get the action to the right dimensions at the first and 12th frets. If it is right then this ought to be a musical instrument, if not its a toy.
The father of our grandson is Ecuadorian so I couldn’t resist making the nut out of Tagua Nut which is a vegetable ivory native to Ecuador.
Thanks again to everyone who shares their knowledge on the internet. I had a blast making it. Now my guitarist nephew wants a cbg electric.
-- Phil in British Columbia