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Thread: "PUNCH" cigar box guitar

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana

    "PUNCH" cigar box guitar

    Im building this guitar as a gift for my brother. I've got enough done now that I tought I would post a few images of my progress. Nothing fancy however I feel it is coming along nicely. The only power tool I've used is the bandsaw to strip down the piece of Walnut for the neck. I formed the neck with a hand plane. It's about 1 3/4" wide x 34" long.
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    Next photo shows the slot cut for the NUT placement near the headstock on the neck.
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    In this image I have cut the slots in each side of the box so the neck will fit through.
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    Supports inside the box get glued to the sides and the neck get test fitted into place.
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    With the supports in place I can now screw the neck down to the supports.
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    Close the lid and it is starting to look like something.
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    Now its time to cut the slots for the frets. After laying out my lines I used a Japanese pull saw to carfully cut each slot to just the right depth.
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    Now its time to add the fret wire. Lay it in the slots and knock into place then cut off with wire cutters.
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    So, thats all I've got so far. It will take me a while now as each fret wire will have to be hand filed so all sharp edges are smooth and rounded over. These are fun to make. I'm enjoying the process.
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  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    that is just plane neat tom.. cant wait till you play it for us
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
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  4. #4
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Great photo sequence Tom. I love seeing how things are made. Thanks for showing.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Looking good, and I love the name/brand o the box..
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  6. #6
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Look'n good Tom
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  7. #7
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Very cool Tom nice making curlies in the walnut with a plane eh? Also cant wait to hear it.

  8. #8
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    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Beats the heck out of the ones we used to make with rubber bands back in the day... :thumbsup:

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  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's looking great so far, Tom.
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  10. #10
    If you stand on your left foot only while looking up and have your right eye closed you can jut barely hear it playing... Well done Tom tom
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