Cigar Box Guitar Kit – Part Four

Continued from Part Three…

Another week, another session on the cigar box guitar!  This week, like last week, only saw us advance by a couple of steps, but we’re gradually getting there.

The first job was to add the side dots.  The kit included two plastic rods for that, and Crimson Guitars had told me that I needed a 2mm bit for the holes.  We measured and marked the locatiions for the dots and then drilled the holes.  The dots were glued in place and simply cut off with a Stanley knife.

Then we tackled carving the neck, one of the most fundamental tasks in building the guitar.  Having looked online to see what tools other enthusiasts use, I bought a spoke shave.  We’d never used one before, so after sharpening the blade we had to get the hang of using it.  We were quite successful, and with the spoke shave we managed to get the neck carve quite close.  We refined that with a rasp, but didn’t yet sand it because we will first sort out the headstock and the tail.

We finished off by discussing the design of the headstock at some length.  I also performed a small experiment to check the size of the holes for the tuning heads, and 10mm turned out to be perfect.  Our discussion on the headstock design was not conclusive, and my son took the neck away to think about it until our next session, which will probably be on September 25th.

Here is the video of the session.

 

For those who don’t want to watch the video, I’ve added a few screenshots below.

The neck before it was carved
The neck before it was carved
Part way through the carving process
Part way through the carving process
Discussing the design of the headstock
Discussing the design of the headstock

Episode Five is here!