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Blog series by Rick M. updated 05-22-2012 06:21 AM 4 parts 4549 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: First Cigar Box Guitar Builds

05-13-2012 09:05 AM by Rick M. | 0 comments »

A family project, my wife and I are making ours first but my fifteen year old daughter also plans to build one later. Finding cigar boxes took the longest but I happened across some cardboard boxes while on a business trip for 25 cents each and grabbed four. The only wooden boxes they had were small but I also bought a medium sized paper covered wooden box that I might later make into a ukulele. For the neck I selected red oak but plan on adding a walnut fingerboard. My wife selected a...

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Part 2: Got a little further today

05-14-2012 01:41 AM by Rick M. | 0 comments »

Glued on the heel and fingerboard, made cut outs in the box, then dry fit everything. Tomorrow I need to start soldering/wiring the piezo, pot, and 1/4” jack then figure out where I’m going to mount them in the box. I would like to cover the sound hole with something decorative but I don’t know what.

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Part 3: CBG after 2 coats of lacquer

05-21-2012 12:54 AM by Rick M. | 0 comments »

I know it doesn’t look like much progress but it feels like a lot because a lot of learning went into getting this far. Plus I initially scored the fretboard in the wrong places for frets so I had to sand it down and start again. Fretboard and neck sanded to 320. This is after 2nd coat of lacquer, another coat or two and I’ll add frets for which I’m going old school.

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Part 4: Gettin' close... very close.

05-22-2012 06:21 AM by Rick M. | 1 comment »

Old school dulcimer frets. Holes drilled, 12 gauge copper wire hammered into a staple, then pounded into place. I got excited near the end and just rushed putting everything together. The copper nut I had planned was way too high so I improvised with a piece of scrap ply, will go back and redo that later. The tail isn’t finished or glued. The strings aren’t cut. I used zither pins instead of machine heads (I had a bunch and thought, why not?). Here is a pic, semi-finished, ...

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