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I am a simple guy. I have been involved with Special Effect makeup, probuilding and other related interests for about 20yrs+. I enjoy woodworking projects such as guitar making, and projects on the lathe. Recent interests are the Cigar Box Guitars. I also want to make some Native American Flutes, bagpipes. I am always tinkering and making things. There are other interests, but will be hard to get involved with them unless I stop another hobby.

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  • Mini Table Saw Conversion for CBG Fret Slotting or Crafts

    Hello Renzo_S, Sorry for the late, late reply. I did not have access to a computer for a long time. Most of my files i had saved were lost. Unfortunately, I do not think the company i got it from is no longer selling on eBay, unless they changed names. If you search for either 3" or 4" jewelers saw blade, you should find something similar. If you get it. I suggest adding some wide washers on each side of the blade to help stabilize it. You can see something similar to the fret saw blade from StewMac. They help the blade from wobble and steady. Here is something similar https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-3PCS-Thurston-HSS-Slitting-Saw-Blade-128T-023-JEWELERS-2-OD-3-4-HOLE/274217095728?hash=item3fd89cd230:g:-ygAAOSwzixdSDZH Make sure to find one that will work for the tang thickness of …

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    Hello Renzo_S, Sorry for the late, late reply. I did not have access to a computer for a long time. Most of my files i had saved were lost. Unfortunately, I do not think the company i got it from is no longer selling on eBay, unless they changed names. If you search for either 3" or 4" jewelers saw blade, you should find something similar. If you get it. I suggest adding some wide washers on each side of the blade to help stabilize it. You can see something similar to the fret saw blade from StewMac. They help the blade from wobble and steady. Here is something similar https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-3PCS-Thurston-HSS-Slitting-Saw-Blade-128T-023-JEWELERS-2-OD-3-4-HOLE/274217095728?hash=item3fd89cd230:g:-ygAAOSwzixdSDZH Make sure to find one that will work for the tang thickness of your fret wires. .023 to .026 is common i believe. Its been awhile. Thinner you may have to sand the fret slots. Hope that helps, again my apologies for late reply.

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  • Nice project. But if you're not sure of the wood, don't smoke the pipe. could be unsafe. I was looking into making some pipes and found Briar wood, its a root burl, is the best due to density and hard to burn. Some other woods may give off fowl smoke which could be harmful if inhaled. Just be careful. Thanks for sharing the write up. Awesome job.

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  • I am sorry for not replying sooner. I thought I would get notifications emailed to me, but hadn't seen any for quite some time. Plus life happens, and am not always able to get back here everyday.As per SirCooksalot, he is correct. Thanks for helping with an answer... Most necks for a Cigar Box guitar are 1x2 of hardwood. Like oak or Cherry, maple, poplar is a common and easier to get at a hardware store. Since you, gateway414, posted the question about 4 months ago I am sure you have probably found other resources for the answer. Also I do mostly use a 1/4" thick piece for the fretboard, so overall thickness does become about 1" thick with neck and fretboard total. True this is thicker than an actual guitar, but since CBG's normally do not get a truss rod, this makes send to me…

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    I am sorry for not replying sooner. I thought I would get notifications emailed to me, but hadn't seen any for quite some time. Plus life happens, and am not always able to get back here everyday.As per SirCooksalot, he is correct. Thanks for helping with an answer... Most necks for a Cigar Box guitar are 1x2 of hardwood. Like oak or Cherry, maple, poplar is a common and easier to get at a hardware store. Since you, gateway414, posted the question about 4 months ago I am sure you have probably found other resources for the answer. Also I do mostly use a 1/4" thick piece for the fretboard, so overall thickness does become about 1" thick with neck and fretboard total. True this is thicker than an actual guitar, but since CBG's normally do not get a truss rod, this makes send to me to make it close to 1", but no more than this. Others are perfectly fine for keeping it at 3/4" thick neck. I love Tabak boxes. I have built 4 guitars with them and have 3 more jut recently obtained.What ever neck you come up with, make sure to round off the back of the neck. I used a router with a 1/4" roundover bit. Some carve it or use a spokeshave. A Router is just easier for me and time. I usually keep everything set up so it ready to go. I am sure whatever you make will be awesome. I hope to some degree my article helped. Most importantly, there are No Rules for making a CBG, at least design wise. I would say the only 1 rule that would be a constant is whatever scale length you come up with. Any instrument can have any design, but is the scale lengths that will be true for proper notation.

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