The Banjo Project's Finished

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Project by dan mosheim posted 09-11-2009 05:11 AM 1624 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Will and I have finished the banjo project I posted here a while ago. It was a fun project and Will did a great job shaping the neck, doing the fretwork and fine tuning the action and set up to finish it up … He played it last week on a couple gigs and it sounds great … He’s pleased with it and I think he’s already thinking about the next one … I now have three posts on my blog that pretty much detail the building process from start to finish. I was out of the shop when he did the actual fretting so I didn’t get photos of that but I think that’s about the only step I missed. Check out photos and more info on my blog here … Search for banjo posts

-- dan,vermont,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 09-11-2009 05:29 AM

That is some great work. Now you are a luthier – I am jealous.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 06:13 AM

Very Cool!

-- West Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 12:02 PM

nicely done and well presented

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 03:02 PM

wow, this is very very nicely done. beautiful piece!

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#5 posted 09-11-2009 03:08 PM

That is absolutly beautiful, great craftsmanship.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#6 posted 09-11-2009 04:05 PM

Sweet looking banjo.

Pretzels, beer, and banjo music…. what more could one ask for? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-11-2009 04:21 PM

Very nice Dan, being a 5-string picker myself I can really appreciate this. One day I want to build one. Where did you get the plans, or did you design them yourself?

-- Senior Chief

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#8 posted 09-11-2009 06:54 PM

Heirloom piece if ever there was one!!
Bet it sounds wicked too !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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dan mosheim

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#9 posted 09-11-2009 11:54 PM

Answering Joe above, My son Will is a banjo player and he’s been interested in building one since he finished his resonator guitar last year. He got some of his info from, some from the banjo hangout and some from this site, ‘song of the great lakes' and a book he bought about building a bluegrass style banjo. He did all the research and most of the work. I just took the pictures and wrote the stuff for the blog. All the steps are pretty much detailed there on my blog at the link above. Go for it if you’re tempted. It takes a lot of patience,time and careful work, but it’s a great feeling when you hear those first notes. Nothing sweeter …. dan
Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement ….

-- dan,vermont,

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 01:36 AM

Great work. I’m envious!

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