Posted by Yopparai on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
|So it was off to the garage to see what my pack-rat nature had stored up for winter. Lots of pine, lots of plywood. There were some strips of cedar, probably from when they built my log house, but they had too much sap wood to be attractive. Then I found a few oak boards that I had purchased years ago to build a lamp with. Who needs another lamp? So I had pine and oak. What I really wanted was a nice dark brown wood. I remembered the thin rosewood veneer I bought to use on my finger boards. Perfect! I resawed the oak to make two thinner boards, sandwiched a piece of the rose wood betwist those, and then pine on the outside of that. It looked pretty good, and the oak would add some extra strength to the final neck.|
| Cutting the holes in the rim was probably the scariest part of this whole build. Its one of the places where precision matters, both in the size and shape of the holes, and in their placement. Make em too big and the neck is going to play and wobble. Line 'em up wrong and the whole thing can end up unplayable. There is considerable discussion about proper neck/heel angles which I pretty much ignore. I run my necks parallel with the head. The math and wood working skill required to cut a 0 degree angle is just so much easier to me. The fear over this part of the project ended up being unfounded. I successfully cut two rectangular holes of the proper size and location and only cracked the rim twice. Just along a glue joint, nothing too b
Wow Yopparai- that is an incredible instrument! And it looks a lot more portable than a cello! It would be cool if you could attach a leg or stand so that you could sit it upright in a jam or something.
Congrats on a beautiful instrument- someday I'll have to bug you about making a rim for a banjo :)
It has quite a tone--too bad you opted for only four strings.
Yopp, what is the scale length? Nice banjo and nice playing, btw!
Yeah, I don't actually remember opting for 4 strings. I was getting ready to cut the nut when I realized I had made the neck one string's worth too skinny.
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