For enthusiasts of early banjo
I decided to make a coffin style case for my new Bell Banjo and I finished it today... all 13.8 lbs of it.
Very nice, Dave. I gotta get a look at that live and in person.
Thanks Terry! I am planning to be at the event in Maryland in June, and it will be toting my banjo, so if you're there, you can see it then. One of the things I really like about the minstrel period banjos is their light weight... and then I go and build a steamer trunk to carry my 3 1/2 pound banjo in.
Dave what did you use to make the case.... Looks like a Baltic Birch or maybe a nice Maple ply. Very nice craftsmanship from what is see in the pictures...
Dave, that's a beautiful case. I was thinking of making one for my Bell and Son Boucher that I built. Did you design it yourself or did you have someone's plans?
Thanks very much for the kind words. I looked at what other folks have made and then drew up my own plans to fit my banjo. The basic construction is using a 1x2 pine frame for the lid with a 1/4" birch plywood set in a 3/8" rabit joint. The body is using 1 1x6 pine board that has been reduced in width to 5- 1/16". The joints are glued with Tightbond II® glue and 1-1/2" brads. It does seem like just a bit of overkill to have a 13.8 lb case for a 3.6 lb banjo. <grin> I'll send a set of plans if you want them.
Hey David, thanks. I'd love a set of plans. I may end up modifying it some, but I really like the look of yours. You can email them to me here, and I'll get a notice in my gmail account. Or, let me know if you need a physical address to mail a hard copy. Either way is fine with me, and I appreciate you!
Looks nice Dave I like the shinny finish. I built one myself about a year or so ago. Your weight ended up being about the same as mine. I padded mine on the inside and used Red Velvet, that was my most expensive article was the fabric. But I have taken it to many reenactments and it's holding up wonderfully. Good Job!
Vince, I put the plans up as photos if that's ok with you we're good. If not, send me your physical address and I'll send hard copy.
Dave, the photos are perfect. Thank you for sharing them. You could probably sell that design, if you wanted to!
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