Banjo #1

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Project by knotfree posted 11-01-2010 05:38 AM 1492 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s some pictures of a 5 string banjo I made. The neck is maple with an ebony veneer overlay on the headstock and the heel. I also inlaid a mother-of-pearl half moon on the headstock. I couldn’t find a saw with a narrow enough kerf (.023) at a reasonable price to cut the fret grooves, so I purchased the fingerboard already pre-cut for the frets. I only had to press in the fret wires and file them to the correct profile. The rim is also maple. I inlaid an ebony and maple rope banding with some straight ebony purfling below that on the edge of the rim. All the metal items, tuners, tone ring, J-hooks etc., were purchased as I don’t have any metal working equipment. It plays well and sounds great . I’ll shoot some pictures of the finished banjo this week and post them here.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 06:33 AM

Oh no, “Deliverance” all over again….and I refuse to take canoe trips to this day….nice work, though….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 06:38 AM

Nice work Pete.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 11-01-2010 09:44 PM

Beautiful Five String!

Been trying to learn to play one of these for 40 years. Guess I’m just not coordinated enough or get frustrated too easily.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 12:03 AM

Thanks guys.

Lew, it’s like learning to ride a bike, you just keep practicing and one day it all just falls into place! Try this book, it’s free and pretty good:

You can read it on line or download it. He also has a web site at:

-- Pete

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 06:42 PM

The japanese style flush cut saw that harbor freight stocks (this one), cuts a .025 kerf, and it’s only 9 bucks. Not dead on, but I’ve never been able to tell the difference. Good looking banjo, too.

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 07:56 PM

lovely work. Only one suggestion, post the pictures of the assembled instrument, would love to see it.

-- RoBanJo

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#7 posted 04-30-2011 05:23 PM

Thanks RoBanJo,

I will take some shots of the finished banjo this weekend and post them. Started working on banjo # 2, but have some projects that have hard deadlines, so the progress on it is somewhat slow.

-- Pete

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