4 String Guitar for my Daughter/Camping Trips

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Project by Workerofwood posted 02-05-2013 08:51 AM 1289 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My three & a half year old daughter likes to strum (bang) on my nice acoustic guitar, which I am not too fond of, but I don’t want to discourage her interest in music. That being said I have seen a few guitars on here, both acoustics and cigar box and thought “I can make that”, and “That would be a much better guitar for my daughter to learn on (beat up).

Low and behold I started building it one day when I had some time. A week later and voila. Up until now I have always done furniture, and other large pieces. I now have a lot more respect for the pro’s and the precision that goes into a “real” guitar. Learnt a lot and would do many things differently next time, such as lower the action, and shaping the head stock before gluing to the neck.

Maple neck, nut, and bridge stained light walnut
Oak fret board, and box outsides stained dark walnut
Poplar Box Top and Bottom stained light walnut

Note the rubber band just holds the box closed until I find the right latch.

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 01:33 PM

Looks like she LOVES it! I’m sure as soon as she held it became ”MINE” :-)
And no doubt that when she realizes it opens, it’ll become her “Treasure Box”

I have a suuround sound system in living room. I was moving it last week and the big bass box rattled when I lifted it. I took the back off and found 26 toy blocks ”hidden” inside from when our granddaughter lived with us. :-)

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 01:56 PM

Instant heirloom… in twenty years she’ll be showing off the guitar that started her career as she is being interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine… and then fans will be clamoring for signed reproductions… and then…

uh, otherwise, well done…

simple rare earth magnets recessed in the corner braces will make a nice latch?

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 04:55 PM

I thought about the magnet idea, but not sure where to get some good ones around here, and whether it would hold it closed tight enough. Right now if it’s not clamped between your body and arm well, the box vibrates and chatters. The magnets are still my prime idea though, because it would keep the box looking clean.

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 06:06 PM nice job….check out this link if you have time

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