This should be a fun one. About a week ago I was checking my Facebook and saw a post from my "Nephew-in-law" I guess he'd be. (He just married my niece about three weeks ago) His birthday was September 04 and he posted a picture of a Cigar Box Guitar that my sister had just given him for his birthday. It looked really cool and since my son plays guitar, I did some net surfing and found a lot of information about them. They're supposed to be pretty easy and inexpensive to build. Most of the stuff can be gotten locally very easily, but because I've never done one I decided to buy a kit that had everything but the wood for the neck. It came yesterday and I got to work. They are pretty simple and straight forward. At this point, I've got it to where you could string it up and play it, but I decided that I wanted to add frets instead of doing it fretless and having to use a slide. Now I've just got to figure out the fret spacing and get to work. That should be the most difficult part of the process. I've test cut a couple small frets on some scrap and they work out well but I just need to work out the spacing.
It should be pretty fun for him to play around with when it's finished. If he likes it and uses it much, I found that you can also make a Cigar Box Amp also. That would be too cool! I found that I can buy empty cigar boxes at the local cigar shop for $2! They've got lots of them and some are pretty nice. Here's what it looks like so far. Once I work out the fret placement and get the slots cut, I'm going to just put some BLO on the maple neck and that should work fine.