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"Thanks for directions, I will proceed with caution. Measure twice cut once."
Apr 5
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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
just found you on line, someone told me there was a CBG building class at FVCC I looked but found nothing. I need some help cutting my box to fit the neck. I practiced on a box
as a sample and am not really satisfied enough to start on my
final box. is there somewhere in the valley I can go to get assistance?
What instruments are you building or playing?
Cigar box guitar

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At 6:30pm on April 5, 2018, Ted Crocker said…

Hi Edwin, welcome to the Handmade Music Clubhouse - Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters (CBG HQ)!The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is...  There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

Most of all Have Fun!

I've cut my boxes to fit the neck a number of different ways:

1) A small handsaw (I have an Xacto and Jap pull saw) to cut the sides.  Then I've scored the across part with a razor knife many many many many times until I can break it off, then clean up with a file or sandpaper

2) Use a jigsaw and round the corners at the bottom then go back and resaw to get 90 degree angles.

3) Probably the easiest is to use a table saw.  Set the blade to the desired height and just continually run the side of the box thru until all the material is removed.  I usually use the butt end of the neck lined up against the box to pencil in the exact shape.  Remember if you do this that once you are done you STILL WANT TO SEE the pencil marks.

Hope this helps!!


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