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Project by roy posted 01-15-2008 11:42 PM 2296 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is the banjo#1 finally done after about 30 hours.
it has white oak neck,pine body, walnut back,and cherry tuning pegs. the deer hide head turned out nice and has a good rang to it.
the only thing bought from the store is the strings! i made everything else
it is fretless.

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

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#1 posted 01-16-2008 12:14 AM

That’s cool! How did you do the rawhide? looks like it has some oil on it?
I can’t wait to hear a recording of it…nice job!

-- Jon

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#3 posted 01-16-2008 12:33 AM

yes it is fretless. the hide has not got any thing on it just scraped wiyh a knife and stretched over the body. i used hide glue on everything. the deer hide is held down with small nails and hide glue.
i used stove ashes to take the hair off the hide after i skined the deer.

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

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#4 posted 01-16-2008 01:43 AM

That is really cool. I too would love to hear a recording of it. Did you design it all on your own or did you have a pattern to follow?

-- Bren Hartman, Battle Creek, Michigan

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#5 posted 01-16-2008 01:55 AM

i just made it up as i went along. i didn’t use any patterns
fake it till you make it! just git-r-dun!!!
i’ll have to learn how to play it before i can post a recording.
i built it so i could learn how
i spent $5 on the strings and built everything else

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

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#6 posted 01-16-2008 02:04 AM

It looks slick man, real slick. I believe I’m having homemade banjo envy.

And of course. Put some flames on her, and rock out!


-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#7 posted 01-16-2008 02:19 AM

Very fun… nice work. After reading about your projects, I came across a mention of hide glue
in another place and was able to say “I’ve heard of that!”... thanks for the education.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#8 posted 01-16-2008 02:23 AM

hide glue has been used for thousands of years.
guarneri and stradivari used it to build their violins

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

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#9 posted 01-16-2008 03:41 AM

very cool

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#10 posted 01-16-2008 03:46 AM

wow…I am really amazed!!! one day ( aaaaaa loooooong way away) I would like to make a guitar…I hope you enjoy playing it!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 01-16-2008 04:34 AM

Wow! Turned out great, Roy! Billy Redden would be proud!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 01-16-2008 05:00 AM

That is awesome. I hope you enjoy learning to play it. We are all anxious to hear you play it.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#13 posted 01-16-2008 10:19 AM

Make one more of those beauties and you can find someone to play “Dueling Banjos” with you.

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

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#14 posted 01-16-2008 02:46 PM

Nicely done!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 01-16-2008 03:18 PM

Nice, really nice! You should record something and see if you can post it on here, we can have some sort of “Lumberjock Idol” competition, lol.

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