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Project by Brett posted 04-05-2012 06:25 AM 3844 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...CANTAR!

Hey everybody, this was a super fun project to make! It is a 4 string guitar made from an old gas can that I used to use for R/C airplane glow fuel.

This is not my original idea, there have been many other guitars made from an old empty can. In fact, I saw my first canjo on Youtube from this guy Richard Peek. He was playing an oil can banjo that he had made and I thought that it was amazing!

Since seeing his canjo and his playing, I have always wanted to make one for myself but, I don’t know how to play and I really don’t want to take the time to learn. Lazy I guess. So the idea just sat there taking up precious space in one of my two brain cells that are left.

Well, I will tell you that I have a brother-in-law that, around any gift giving occasion, will usually give me a thoughtful gift. Me on the other hand, when it’s my turn to return the thought, pass off the responsibility of getting him a gift to my wife. I don’t know what to get him. I am easy to buy for. Just get me a gift card to Rockler or a tool and I am good. ha ha

Anyway, he has had a birthday recently and we weren’t able to get together to celebrate it yet so I had some time. He plays guitar and I thought that now would be the perfect time to make him one out of my old gas can. If it sounds bad, at least it would be a really unique gift, hopefully something that he has never even seen before.

Well what you see in the pictures is what I came up with and I hope that he likes it. The letters on the head are his initials. The neck is made from a piece of madrone. The frets are finish nails that I blue with gun blue. I bought the geared tuners from a local music store. Of course the “theme” of the guitar is of miscellaneous screws and nails, kind of a hillbilly look. I like the fork that was used to attach the strings to, an idea that I got from rpeek.

Here are some links to my blog here on LJs to a couple of videos that I made for the build of this guitar. I still have one more video to go to complete the series. I hope that you will get something from them.

http://lumberjocks.com/Brett1972/blog/29210 1st part

http://lumberjocks.com/Brett1972/blog/29260 2nd part

Tell me what you think and thanks for looking!
Brett

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com





10 comments so far

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BigTiny

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 09:41 AM

With the price of gas these days, this is a better use for these things. :)

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Wolffarmer

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 11:32 AM

Now I know why I have been saving all those Coleman fuel cans from one of my other habits ( hobbies )
Cool idea man.
Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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JJohnston

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 12:01 PM

The faded K-mart price tag is a nice touch.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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dakremer

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 01:03 PM

This is awesome, Brett! I really enjoyed the 1st two videos! This project turned out great! Can’t wait to see the last video! Thanks for sharing it with us

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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StumpyNubs

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 01:30 PM

Someday that thing is going to be on Antiques Road Show and sell for a billion dollars as a piece of folk art!

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
New episode of Blue Collar Woodworking is now online!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Jero

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 06:23 PM

That reminded me of the upright bass that one of the members of the punk bluegrass band “Split Lip Rayfield” uses. Homemade from a gas tank off of some vehicle. Great live band to see!

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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Hacksaw

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#7 posted 04-05-2012 07:25 PM

Cool !any idea how it sounds? I LOVE Splitlip! the 20 gallon Chevy Bass Rocks !

-- Nothing's impossible...it just gets expensive

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Philip

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 03:13 AM

Absolutely fantastic! You hit this one on the head. Can’t wait for the third video!

-- I never finish anyth

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Brett

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#9 posted 04-06-2012 11:11 PM

Thank you to everyone for the compliments! I am really excited to give this away to my brother-in-law this weekend. I want to hear what it sounds like when someone that can play it, plays it.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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Roger

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 11:50 AM

Jam on Brett. Your rifs will be on fire..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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