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Dallas

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03-27-2015 04:52 PM

I got interested in cigar box guitars that a lot of people are building, not because I want to build one, but because I really get into the history of different instruments.

From what I can find, and what I am told, this feller is the originator of the cigar box guitar.

I’ll let the website link tell you more about it.

One thing I should say, way back when I was just a foal, my family had a ‘Family Band.’ Even though almost all of us could play store bought musical instruments, the rule was the music you made in the band had to come from your own lungs or be played with an instrument you had personally constructed.
(I played a 2 string banjo I made with the rim of an old coffee can and the head was made of some rawhide my uncle had in the barn. He helped me soak the rawhide, make it soft then scrape it until it was thin enough to make a resonator).
We had a broom stick and a washtub fr the bass, drums were oil cans or whatever else could be found with more rawhide stretched over the top.

Only two ‘Real’ musical instruments were allowed, one was our old hand me down 1880’s upright piano and the other was an Autoharp from the 1930’s.

What fun we had, we even made a few dollars at the Moose lodge where my parents were members. I think the money was actually to help mom put us all in a home, but, we thought we did good!

Anyway, after all that foreplay…. here is the link

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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#1 posted 03-27-2015 05:12 PM

Dallas,

I didn’t go very far on the page but I found the article regarding the blind man who made his guitar from an oil can,nails, and a board in order to earn money for himself and family.

How’s your guitar for your son coming along?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 05:26 PM

Tom, I am not working on it at all, unfortunately. I have been inundated with jobs for work, fixing 2 riding mowers, repairing the big tractor tire and axle, rebuilding the hydraulic ram on the right side of the big tractor, mowing, rebuilding 3 weedeaters, finishing the remodel in the park office, repairing stuff maroon RV’er’s break for no reason at all, repairing electrical work that shouldn’t have been done 20 years ago in the first place, (some of it is 600v, and I’m not too comfortable while playing with it).

I also have a job to do making pottery tools for a friend in Mn. I have promised him for 8 months and only have 1 out of 7 done.

About ready to give up and give it to someone who would really like a beautiful kit with tons of upgrades.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 05:42 PM

Dallas,

Don’t give up. It’s a legacy piece?

Pretty busy for a sick guy? LOL!

I’m building re sawing jigs and support tables to mill small pieces of logs I’ve harvested over time, and building a work bench to mill the lumber at a comfortable height instead of on the ground that I might acquire from the compost site.

It’s quite amazing to see the patterns in my walnut logs.

Did you check the site?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 06:09 PM

I lost the link to the site, and other than being a curmudgeon, haven’t been doing a lot other than working about 2 hours a day, (my limit anymore), sleeping, taking my drugs and doing a lot of pissing and moaning.

Somehow my table saw came unglued and the miter slots are almost 1/8” off from square to the blade.
I loaned a feller the alignment gauge I made and I haven’t seen him since, now I am making a new one so I can make ‘Vanity’ doors for the office breaker box and a recessed light switch.

I will never be using my big saw anymore so make an offer on it or the long bar and chain. I’ll even sell the chainsaw mill if someone offers me something.

I still have a cedar log drying, it’s been in the shop for 5 years, and a nice black walnut about 5’L x 15”W that has been drying in the elements for about 3 years.
I would be willing to trade for those, or give them away for a dollar, just come and get them.
Sorry, just so tired.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 06:29 PM

Dallas,

Getting old sucks! Having all my upper teeth pulled, and getting an upper denture. Puts a bug dent in my talking and clinical work. You know going to the therapist with no teeth? LOL! I’m really not laughing.

Haven’t even taken the Poulan out of the box. And I am doing strength training for old woosies! The weight of the saw and the mill is of concern as I don’t want to loose control, while filling my “bucket list.” It may be I’m not able to manage my fantasy? Doctor thinks I might have osteoporosis so I’m doing vitamin D and the strength training.

Send me a PM re: what saw you’re talking about if you have the energy for it?

Take care!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 06:30 PM

Texas is not down the road or I’d come on by!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 10:01 PM

Thanks for the link Dallas. brake cables for strings … wow! Your family band and the and the man in the story made me think of ” Daddy Frank The Guitar Man ”.

I was very ill last year. The worst part was visiting the quacks and hospitals. I sort of got into thinking like an invalid. I could still play music but I sure didn’t feel like it. That’s when I started packin’ a camera.

All the best to you.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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