Hand made guitars, banjos and ukuleles
Rich makes stringed musical instruments from recycled materials like cigar boxes, hubcaps, pots and pans.
3/4 " x 11/2" x 36" Poplar
Cut a scarf on a table saw
Reverse the scarf - smooth side facing smooth side
Glue it up
Cut a nut slot with dado blade 1/8"
Make sure nut slot buts up to flat of neck so when you glue fingerboard on ther is no gap at the end
Use draw knife to shape neck. Using stock with nice straight grain makes this easier
Finished with draw knife
Sand neck with 80 grit, 120 grit, 220 grit sandpaper
Ready for fingerboard
1/4" x 11/2" alder stock. Get fret placements from internet using chart for length of scale. I measure to 32's of an inch.
CUTTING FRET SLOTS
I use miter box and saw from StewMac
Ready for glue up
After glue up, clean edges with block plane and sand with 220 grit. Seal, then rub with 0000 steel wool and finish with wipe on poly. Rub again with steel wool
I get these fro C.B.Gitty
Hot glue piezo pick-up under location of bridge, drill holes and mount input jack and pot
Use forsner bit to hollow out space where neck piece will fit over glued up pick-up so neck fits flat to box
Glue in brace to attach top and bottom of cigar box
ATTACH BOX TO NECK
Using 3/4" wood screws and finish washers, attach box to neck and also secure top and bottom of box with screw to glued in brace.
I use old cabinet hinges
Pound them flat
Drill holes for the strings
Drill holes for tuners. I get them from various sources, usually C.B.Gitty
Fit piece of 1/8" plastic in slot to measure height of nut
Glue in nut. I don't use epoxy in case I have to pry it out because I screw up on cutting string grooves