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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Anyone Ever Tried to Make a Banjo Case Longer


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Leslie R - Posted - 01/25/2019:  18:08:48


I have a banjo hard case, currently not in use, that would work really nice for a banjo that needs a case, except the case is about an inch too short.

I was thinking of cutting the end of case with a bandsaw, and using some kind of ridgid material as a spacer.

Surely, someone has tried this in the past. Might even be able to make it look presentable.

dculgan - Posted - 01/25/2019:  18:37:33


I did exactly that back in the 70's when I converted a Little Wonder tenor to a 5 string with a neck I made. I used thin hardwood plywood to extend the end out enough, and then covered the area in black tolex style material. I've been using it since then and it's been through a lot of gigging and traveling. I'll try to post a pic later. Nowadays though I would probably get one of those inexpensive cases on sale from Muscians Friend. Back then I figured what the hell, might as well use what I had. Dave

dculgan - Posted - 01/25/2019:  18:49:25


Not too shabby looking after 40 years. V


rudy - Posted - 01/25/2019:  18:52:29


There's usually enough extra length at the top of a peg head to saw off an inch...  cheeky

The Old Timer - Posted - 01/25/2019:  20:38:23


I've seen it done several times.

davidppp - Posted - 01/25/2019:  22:15:25


Don't be shy; just do it.

I went the other way: a tenor case shortened and widened to fit a 13" rim banjeaurine. The little box on the side fits the 5th string peg.


mike gregory - Posted - 01/26/2019:  05:14:14


First time I tried, I cut off the very tip of the case, tried cobble up a new rounded tip.
BIG mistake.
Second time. I cut off about 8 inches and used thin plywood to extend it, similar to Mr. Culgan's photo ( above).

Leslie R - Posted - 01/26/2019:  07:07:05


I was thinking about 8 inches or so myself. There is lining on the inside. I don't know what the material is called. Just the common lining you see on modern banjos. I gotta wonder if the bandsaw blade will cut through that. Maybe. Or it may grab, and rip it or tear some of it. I was thinking it might be worth the added step of cutting the lining with a razor first.

If possible, I'd like to make the end result have a decent appearance. Perhaps lining the exterior with some type of material after the extension has been put into place.

oldtimememory - Posted - 01/26/2019:  07:19:21


You could always glass it. Cut the end, frame it up with lumber/ply, fiberglass the outside and then pad and upholster the inside.

If you chose to go this route it might be aesthetically desirable to remove the outer leather or upholstery before augmenting the length, and then glassing the whole thing. This would obviously change the look of the case, but would be pretty effective, structurally speaking.

banjomary74 - Posted - 01/26/2019:  12:04:03


Take the banjo out, first!

J.Albert - Posted - 01/26/2019:  15:23:28


This sounds like more trouble than it's worth...

link-o-sausages - Posted - 01/27/2019:  14:44:30


Extending it would be the easy part. Making it look go would require some skill.

rudy - Posted - 01/27/2019:  17:58:12


quote:

Originally posted by Leslie R

I was thinking about 8 inches or so myself. There is lining on the inside. I don't know what the material is called. Just the common lining you see on modern banjos. I gotta wonder if the bandsaw blade will cut through that. Maybe. Or it may grab, and rip it or tear some of it. I was thinking it might be worth the added step of cutting the lining with a razor first.



If possible, I'd like to make the end result have a decent appearance. Perhaps lining the exterior with some type of material after the extension has been put into place.






You can always invert the blade teeth so they face the opposite way.  I used to do that with my bandsaw occasionally to cut things that might otherwise grab.  An example would be when I would cut rolls of paper towels in half to make my own half-rolls.

Helix - Posted - 01/29/2019:  17:51:58


Keep going Leslie, you're almost there, quite possible.

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