banjo #1

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Project by roy posted 01-06-2008 05:41 AM 3046 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is the beginning of my banjo #1
this is a white oak tree the tree was pushed down about 1 1/2 years ago
i used a draw knife and a hand saw to shape the neck. i hand planed the neck to flatten the fret board.
i have a lot of pictures of the process i have used to make this banjo. i hope to show how to have fun without having any money. i was shocked at the price of wood and tools. i encourage everybody to try.!
if i can do it ANYBODY can !!! hopefull i can build a banjo and all the money spent will be $5 for the strings may peace and love follow you always
i have more pictures on my blog

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#1 posted 01-06-2008 05:43 AM

This should be interesting. Looks like the Roy Underhill method.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-06-2008 05:58 AM

Roy, I would say that it is the very beginning of your banjo. What wood is it? Should be an interesting build to follow.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 01-06-2008 06:16 AM

Now all you have to do is chip away everything that does not look like a banjo. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-06-2008 01:09 PM

this is going to be fascinating!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-06-2008 01:09 PM

if you put these in your blog.. you can create a series, linking the process together!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-06-2008 02:53 PM

This is as organic as it gets. Start with a tree, end up with a musical instrument. I will be following this with interest.

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#7 posted 01-07-2008 06:33 PM

This is great, I am impressed, very motivating, wish I had more time to just play like this.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 01-11-2008 02:41 PM

Interesting, are you going to make it original? The original banjo was made in the great smokey mts. They had house cat skin’s for the instrument face. The banjo is the only instrument that can be seen played in an orcastra (sp), having originated in the United States. I envy anyone that can play one of these instruments, to make one is something else! Semper Fi

Deliverence, still makes my hair stand up, Ha!


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#9 posted 01-11-2008 10:30 PM

the banjo did not come from the smokey mtns it came from africa. the slaves brought it over with them.

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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