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Blog series by Brett updated 05-11-2012 10:09 PM 8 parts 38547 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: The Neck

04-17-2012 05:00 AM by Brett | 3 comments »

After building my gas can guitar, I thought that I would build a canjo, or “banjo out of a gas can”. Basically, the guitar with a 5th string. After doing some research, (web surfing), I ran across this plan for making a “real” banjo. Here is my weekend progress on the neck of the banjo. It is made from three pieces of madrone laminated together with black walnut for the finger board, and quarter sawn sycamore for the peg head. I will use either ebony or a bone ...

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Part 2: Clamps Removed

04-18-2012 02:48 AM by Brett | 0 comments »

Here are some images of the neck with the clamps removed. The fingerboard is glued on with some titebond II. One thing that I didn’t do that was on the example on the website that I am following is a spar in the neck. The 2024 aluminum that I found was $50 for a 3’ piece. Too much for me. So I left that piece out and we will see what becomes of it. If there is a noticable problem for me, I can always make another neck or just make a 2nd version of the banjo with the necessa...

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Part 3: Starting the Pot

04-18-2012 10:57 PM by Brett | 2 comments »

I had a chance to make some progress on the banjo today. Here I have some quartersawn sycamore glued to the sides of the head. When that is ready I will trim the edges and then glue some on the face and back. Here I have started on the segments for the pot of the banjo. I made a template for routing the whole pot out and also a template for each segment. It takes 4 segments to make one ring and I will have 3 rings stacked on top of each other to make the completed pot. ...

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Part 4: More Glue, More Clamps!

04-20-2012 05:29 PM by Brett | 1 comment »

This is getting fun! Seriously! This is such a mental releif from the usual “box” type project that I seem to do. If you look at my gallery, you would ask yourself, “What is he talking about, usual box type project?”. Well, most of them are not posted on there because they were just that, a box type project. Nothing really unique or new to me. But since I have a lathe, I have been thinking outside of the box. At least the square box! I have also been work...

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Part 5: Shaping Up!

04-26-2012 04:11 AM by Brett | 1 comment »

I mounted the mounted the pot on the lathe, trued it and got it to a rough dimension. I have to wait until the parts that I ordered for it to come in to be able to get it turned to the final dimensions. I have also started to shape the neck some. Nothing huge, just some progress.

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Part 6: Weekend Progress

04-30-2012 06:00 AM by Brett | 0 comments »

Todays banjo progress was getting the pot to final thickness and shape. I did this on the lathe. The quartersawn sycamore edge band was cut, bent and glued to the outside of the pot. This should look really nice, at least better than the block rim look. Yesterday I was able to get some more shaping and sanding done on the neck. I have more to do still but it’s getting closer. I may run into some problems with the strings rubbing on the head but I will address that issue later. ...

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Part 7: Installed Hardware and Head

05-02-2012 01:42 AM by Brett | 4 comments »

If any of you follow my blog, you know that I don’t “say” much. I let the pictures tell the story. You will be able to see that I have installed the tension brackets (12) and have put the head on too. It actually looks like a banjo! I am really excited to get to hold this instrument and try to learn to play it! After I had started on this project, I found a banjo on Craigslist that I wanted to buy but, I had already ordered the parts for this one and I couldn’...

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Part 8: All Done!

05-11-2012 10:09 PM by Brett | 8 comments »

It’s finished! Not much to say really. I had fun and now I have a banjo to try and learn to play! Ha ha Here is a link to the finished project and here is a video of how it sounds. I didn’t blog a whole lot on the build but I think most will get the idea, it’s definately NOT a how to blog! Thanks for watching!

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