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  1. Cigar Box Guitar #001

    This is my 1st cigar box guitar. The box is an Aturo Fuente. The neck was made from a 3 foot piece of 1"x4" poplar from the home center. I ripped it in two, glued the faces together and sized it down to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". I then shaped the neck free hand with a drawknife, rasp and files. The...
  2. Cubistic grease box (rare earth magnets lock and hinge) now he lost it!

    Cubistic grease box with rare earth magnets lock and hinge. Now he lost it! The vintage architect has grease on his mind, and it's all becoming a little blurry… 1. Here it is open and full of wonderful bees wax. 2. A cubic block of wood, marking the line, the sawing. 3. Two half matching holes...
  3. Tongue or Slit Drum

    Thanks to Steve Ramsey of "Woodworking for Mere Mortals" for the inspiration to build this. A couple of firsts for me; one my first tongue drum, two turning a drumstick and three my first attempt at dovetail joinery. All three I consider a success ;-D!! Turning the sphere, for the drumstick, on...
  4. Animated Musical Spider Toy

    I've always enjoyed animated wooden toys, and wooden musical instruments, so I decided to combine the two interests in a xylophone-playing spider-aka XyloSpider. Somewhere along the way it got totally out of hand. And then a new fascination with stop-action videos led to … All in all it was...
  5. Stick Dulcimer

    http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/2014/08/stick-dulcimer-or-cbg-strumstick.html Update: My daughter playing the dulcitar I don't play guitar but I love making things, especially noisemakers. The process for building cigar box guitar (CBG) type instruments is well known and covered extensively...
  6. New Z-Stiks Completed!

    Working with wood is so fun! Some of these are finished with Lacquer and others a 2 part Auto clear coat paint. I do like how they turned out. We are discovering how the different woods give different tones. So far my favorate tone is Myrtle wood and my favorate look is Spalted Maple burl. To...
  7. Ebony guitar

    Hand-made solid ebony (Diospyros ebenum) 6 string guitar with a neodymium Q-tuner q2.0 pickup in the neck position. No tone/vol. controls. Oil finish. Construction time: 3 months.
  8. Baritone guitalele? 6-string baritone uke? or just a small travel guitar?

    I enjoyed making the first guitalele so much that I decided to make another one. This time I used a more common body style, but I retained the slash sound holes. I also borrowed a certain headstock shape from my favorite guitar company…again, don't sue me because I'm not selling these. Future...
  9. My first lap steel guitar

    It's quite some time since I posted a project. I've been well involved for several years in the running (voluntarily) of the local museum, but new management brooms were sweeping too deeply so I came away from the pressure. I realise again, the immense pleasure of making sawdust! I've long had...
  10. Xylophone for Music Class

    Here is another project I made for my wife's music class. She had more students than instruments so she asked if I would make her a xylophone. She has a number of these in her class purchased from Suzuki and they cost about $300 each. Her classroom budget did not support buying another so she...
  11. Soprano Ukulele - Solid Koa

    I have read several books on guitar making over the years and when I saw the "Make Your Own Ukulele" book by Bill Plant ( an Aussie) I recalled that I had some Koa out in the shed for many years and had done nothing with it… So, voila! There is the result. The neck is Cherry, the fret board is...
  12. Walnut Harp

    Walnut Harp I made from plans from Music Makers in MN (http://www.harpkit.com).
  13. Native American Styled Flute

    This is my first Flute. I made it in the key of Gb. It actually sounds pretty good. All the wood I used in it I cut and cured myself. The body of the flute is Maple from a friends tree we had to cut down and the bird is from a walnut tree that died on my property and stood dead for seven years...
  14. Crazy Maple Concert Ukulele

    Here's a little number I finished up this week plays nice enough, sounds great, and looks pretty awesome! Maple, Mahogany and Rosewood.
  15. My Harpsichord complete

    Well, this is my harpsichord all completed and installed in my living room. If you are interested it's construction you can check out my blog: http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/2642 As I showed in my last blog on it, I turned it into a player harpsichord by adding a PianoDisc unit from a...
  16. Orff Xylophone

    My daughter is in a movement and music class, song and dance too I suppose, with the music component performed entirely on xylophones. The teacher is trained in the Orff system, a method that teaches music much like learning a new language, something that young kids absorb easily. Xylophones are...
  17. BLack Powder Display Stand

    Last Christmas a very dear friend presented me with a fine gift. It was a black powder Kentucky Long Rifle that had belonged to her recently departed husband. He clearly appreciated fine things. I do not know much about this rifle. It is made of a beautiful quilted maple and has many brass...
  18. Christmas 2013

    Christmas is always a flurry turnings and makings of pens, cutting boards, toys and what ever is new at the wood stores. This year was a violin for my Son, doll beds for the four grand kids, pizza cutters, rolling pins, seam rippers for the seamstress's in the family and neighborhood, pepper...
  19. The Z-Stik Percussion Drum Shaker Rain Stick thingy ma bobber

    Thank you for all the incouragement one my Z-Stik When I posted it a few weeks ago. Many of you said you wanted to hear the Z-Stik so hear is a teaser Vid just out of the studio. The 3 point is being played by Nick Gerrett Powell. We have the 3 point and the 5 point. The one pictured is the 5...
  20. A violin from a kit!

    Yes made from a US$150 kit from Stewart MacDonald, the well know luthier/guitar bits and pieces supplier. For that price I just had to have a go at making one - no intention of playing it. They are still only US$281, but such fantastic value. The spruce top and curly maple back come carved...
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