Dad's Jewelry Box Guitar
2016
WORKPAGE


Old Lane Furniture Co. Cedar box, no key


I knocked the sides off the top, wanted a thinner body


Deco brass plug with bottom cut out for sound hole.
Quick binding, this is only a prototype, used old pieces


Mini pots and jack cut in


Didn't like first place I put them, I'm building "on the fly" with no plan of attack.



Next to another home made faux banjo from a Ludwig Columbia. Head is 040" pick guard material, I will put a pickup in it for a tenor guitar that looks like a banjo.



Dale Small neck, 30 years old and never completed.
He would be amused I was making a Uke, his favorite thing.


This is how back strapping laminate looks, for the many people that have asked how it looked before shaping




Dale always got everything done before he shaped. That is the right way, and he lambasted me many times for getting out of sequence!






22" scale for a 10" banjo rim, one of his minis, is perfect for this sized box


the 22 is where the bridge will land


Shaping with Sure Form, from my old Paint and Body shop business days.
It is aggressive and I am familiar with contouring with them.













Now for the smaller rasp/ files






And now some profile sanders, all grits


Back strap shaping up


Wonderful tight grained  flamed maple


Close up top, will leave the heel until after all else is done and fitted and setup to play


Small neck block for reinforcement


Time for the dowel, Forstner bit for tenon hole








Drill outs for square dowel


Riffled to square




Front side, will go all the way thru then later hide the cut under tailpiece


Ready to trim flush


The dale Small method of dowel retention-no glue


Will hide later with a MOP dot


Simple neck adjuster made from hex shoe




Good tight fit to rim


Proper elevation for top clearance


Commissioned


There is no glue under the dot, this allows screw to come out if dowel ever needs removing


Black inside


Fitting tailpiece and elecs for a dry run




A couple coats clear on the body for now
Screwed down top, I'm not looking for perfection on this Mule

First setup


Do not like knob on Bass side, will move it back over to treble.
Prototypical!
Great action and playability right off the bat, I'm encouraged




Fabricated aluminum tailpiece cover




PICKUP






Only 3 holes plugged.
maybe a record for one of my prototypes :)



Plays good sounds good, Iwill have TJ adjust the pickup when he gets here.
Now to final the heel and finish on the neck.


Some good cookies from a pal in the U.K., I'm good to Sally Forth!


After cutting a block off to get the bulk off, rasp time




Now for some sanding and whatever old jar of finish I can use up that is a close to the body color.
It's mine, I'm cheap, enough said!


A decent match to make Maple look like Cedar.


Strung back up with something to hold on to it with.
A strap is a must on these things.








Final pics


T.J was down this weekend and gave it a thumbs up after setting the pickup height to optimum.
I may get around to a couple glamor shots but its not likely.
It was fun, now it's done, thanks for watching
Vinnie