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  1. Started months ago just finished it today. Cigar box guitar

    I started this guitar months ago but it sat around unfinished. I decided to wrap it up today. Its a short version with a poplar neck with padauk inlaid into it. It has frets to scale for its size. Its a 4 string and it feels really solid which is different from others i have seen, they...
  2. Coopered-Top Banjo Cabinet

    This cabinet was the final project for my Into to Woodworking class at Red Rocks Community College. I needed a decent place to keep my banjo, and this is the design that resulted. The primary wood is Sassafras with Walnut accent pieces, and African Mahogany ply in the side panels. The top is a...
  3. Backpacker's Banjo (or Panjo)

    Well, I'd been wantin' a banjo that was light enough and sturdy enough to take on backpacking trips for a while now, and when I came across this bright red, teflon-coated thin steel pan in a thrift store, the solution came to me! It is pretty simple. the neck is from some scrap oak, and the...
  4. Open Back Banjo

    Fun Project. Turned out well, and quite playable which is most important. The dark wood is Jatoba, and the light wood is Maple. Jatoba is quite hard so I used that for the fingerboard as well. What I discovered about building a banjo is that the hardware is much more expensive than the wood...
  5. Banjo Case

    This banjo case of cherry was made for my girlfriend. She inherited her grandfather's banjo and needed a home for it as it isn't played anymore. The banjo is held in place with walnut stanchions. I designed the case so she can choose to display the front or the back of the banjo. There is also a...
  6. Homemade banjo guitar

    Pot banjo guitar I made from a piece of almond wood and an aluminum pot…....I only had hand tools and an electric drill to work with…...the fingerboard is purple heart as is the headstock overlay…...it has a pickup…....It stays in tune and plays very well
  7. Mountain Banjo

    My custom built Mountain Banjo…..Burled redwood segmented pot top, Port Orford cedar ring and back, calfskin head…..Two piece maple neck, bubinga fret markers, natural edge redwood headstock, geared tuners, fret and side markers…...
  8. Banjolele

    This is my first banjolele (or banjo-uke) build. It's made of Sapele and Canary wood. The Canary wood finished with such a nice amber color I had to go back and get the brass hardware. It has an 8 inch diameter head, and a 17 inch scale length (same as a tenor uke). I will be posting another...
  9. Guitar and Instrument Hangers

    I had an issue with stringed instruments propped in corners or laying precariously on top of furniture. I wanted them out in view so they would be played instead of put in a closet somewhere, forgotten about. I looked at a couple of commercial wall mounts that were pricey and didn't really go...
  10. Bench

    This is a bench that I built as an anniversary present for my wife. She mentioned that she would like to have a place to store the kids toys on the screened porch. So I surprised her by building this while she was away with her family. It is made up of 3/4" sandply, beadboard, and pine...
  11. The Mini Banjo

    Happy New Year Everyone !!! Will has just completed his third banjo from scratch .. It's for a little kid; a present from his grandmother because she knows he likes to watch Will play the banjo at the local farmer's market …. Treat 'em right, I say. Get a musical instrument in a kid's hands...
  12. Canjo

    The inspiration for my son's fourth birthday present came from this book. Although he is still very young, I thought the exposure to stringed instruments may be good for him. The curly maple neck was actually made over 30 years ago (never used) by an accomplished banjo maker. It is a very...
  13. Open Back Banjo

    Made this banjo in 2013 in my shop class in college. Neck and the pot are made from Pecan (Hickory) and the fret board is red oak stained to look like ebony. Head is calf skin drum head that tacked to the body. Neck attached with a dowel road. Dowel rod goes through the pot and the tail piece...
  14. Banjo!

    This is it, my new banjo! Madrone neck, black walnut fingerboard, quartersawn sycamore overlaid on the peghead and the pot. Tuners and strings from the local music shop, fret wire, head, tension hoop, tail piece and tensioners purchased from Stewart-MacDonald. This was a pretty intimidating...
  15. New Banjo Neck

    I was never satisfied with the neck on first banjo I built about three years ago. It was too narrow, and the string spacing was too close. The new neck corrected those issues with a 3/8" string spacing across the neck. While everything was broken down I made a Myrtle wood arm rest to match the...
  16. Banjo #1

    Here's some pictures of a 5 string banjo I made. The neck is maple with an ebony veneer overlay on the headstock and the heel. I also inlaid a mother-of-pearl half moon on the headstock. I couldn't find a saw with a narrow enough kerf (.023) at a reasonable price to cut the fret grooves, so...
  17. Pony Banjo

    When a banjo playing friend happened to try one of my banjo-ukes, he suggested I make a "Pony Banjo". This has the same scale length as a tenor ukulele (i.e. 17 inches from nut to bridge) with a fifth string added. The wood is Myrtle mixed with Sapele, and a Jatoba fret board. The tension hoop...
  18. Fret Sawing Jig

    Since I started making fretted instruments - dulcimers, ukes and banjos - the most often asked question is "how do you cut the slots for the frets?" I started by laying out frets with a 24" Vernier caliper from Harbor Freight and cutting them by hand with a fret saw. This worked but was time...
  19. Old Banjo; New Ban-jello (or "Bill Cosby's Banjo")

    These are Mountain Style, fretless banjos. The Banjo on the left is the first one I even made. i made it about 16 years ago, inspired by hearing about how my Granny used to play the banjo as a girl. Both are made loosely on measurements in the foxfire 3 book. The one on the right was just...
  20. Red cedar routed signs

    Here is some of what has been keeping me busy this summer. Some are orders and some are of my designs. All are made from red cedar using a 1 1/2 horse router, done freehand with a polyurathane finish.
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