I’m part of a small group of beginner makers in Atlanta, GA called AHWIG. For our most recent meeting, we decided to make cigar box guitars using Discontinuuity’s excellent instructable. However, since none of us knew what a coping saw was, much less how to operate a power tool, we were befuddled by the instructions. This instructable that assumes the reader knows NOTHING AT ALL about making stuff.
Many thanks to Discontinuuity for inspiring a new crop of makers.
Step 1: Parts & Tools
- Cigar Box
- 3' length of 1"x2" poplar board
- Guitar tuning pegs (You only need 3, but they come in a set of 6.)
- Guitar strings (Get a pack from any music store. Some stores even sell individual ones. You only need 3 strings.)
- Bridge - part A: Something to anchor the strings at the top - anything you can drill 3 holes through. I used a small hinge which already had 3 holes, but a piece of scrap metal would also work. One of us used a tiny antique key with 3 holes in the head.
- Bridge - part B: I used a small piece of trim. Discontinuuity used a bamboo chopstick.
- Something to make the nut. I used the same trim that I used on the bridge, but in retrospect, I should have used something with a thinner profile. Discontinuuity used a nail with the tip cut off.
- Random chunks of wood. An old 1 1/2" thick deck rail that is angled on one end is perfect. (deck rail = skinny piece of wood that runs vertically.)
- Random hardware. The tuning pegs & hinge came with their own screws, but I needed a spare screw to attach the tailpiece.
- Wood glue
- Tiny hinges for your box if yours doesn't already have them. (heh, heh. I said 'box.')
*Note: You don't absolutely have to use power tools, but some of us had them, and we were all thoroughly over-excited about getting to use them.
- 1/4 sheet palm sander (You can sand by hand - but an electric sander sure saves time.) & 1/4 sheets of sandpaper in various grits
- Dremel tool with sanding barrels and cutting wheels (Mine was the cheapest, cordless version. A couple of the others had fancier ones with up to 10 speed settings. This is probably the most optional of the tools. I mainly used it for sanding the f-holes.)
- Clamps (2 or 3)
- Utility Knife
- Snips (You only need these if you're working with metal for your bridge piece.)
- Small keyhole saw
- Hand Saw