Basic 5-string banjo construction continued...Basic banjo drawings and notes.
Click on each image for larger view.
Plans were drawn so the outer corner referance marks represent a 7" by 10" portion of the entire plan.
Right-click on each image and select "print target" for a quick printout.
Alternatively, right-click on each section and save each picture to a chosen directory.
Open the pictures within your imaging software and scale as needed to produce a 7" by 10" printed image.
Trim them even on all four sides to the outer edges of the corner marks and assemble together to produce
a full scale plan of the banjo.
Go to page 1...Rim construction, glue-up and forming basic rim.
Go to Page 2...preliminary mounting of the head.
Go to Page 3...Making the neck.
Go to Page 4...Making the neck, continued.
Go to Page 5...Installing frets.
Go to Page 6...Bringing it all together.
Go to Page 7...Outer rim band and miscellanious details.
Go to Page 8...Finish and final assembly.
This is Page 9...Basic banjo drawings and notes.
Here is a listing of hardware used to produce this instrument and where to obtain it:
Local hardware store:
(12) #10 X 24 X 1-1/4" square drive stainless steel bolts
Used for attaching the head to the rim
(6) #10 X 24 X 1-1/2" square drive stainless steel bolts
Used for attaching the outer rim band to the rim (seperated by placing a #10 flat washer between them)
(42) #10 stainless steel flat washers
Used under all bolt heads and nuts, and as spacers between the outer rim band and the rim
(18) #10 stainless steel nylon insert hex jam nuts (with the nice arched top for looks...)
Used for all square drive bolts
(12) #10 X 24 tee nuts
Used to tension head...inserted in rim ledge after trimming away both sides of the flanges on them
(12) #10 X 24 X 1" allen head set screws
Used to tension head when inserted into rim tee nuts
(1) #10 X 24 X 1/2" allen head set screw
Used to tighten the dowel stick bracket
3/16" X 1-1/2" roll pin
Used for dowel rod bracket cross-pin
1/4" X 1" X 48" aluminum
Used for fabrication of tone ring/tension hoop
Local machine shop and/or steel supply company:
3/8" X 1" or 1-1/2" brass 2" long
Used for fabrication of dowel rod bracket (if not purchased ready-made from Elderly)
1/4" X 1" X 48" 2024-T4 "aircraft" aluminum. (Do not substitute)
Used for fabrication of neck reinforcement bar
1 set 3 left/3 right individual tuners with white plastic buttons
Stew-Mac part#0936 or equivilant
Stew-Mac part#5321 or equivilant
Banjo / mandolin fret wire (four feet needed)
Stew-Mac part#0764 or eqivilant
3/16" thick bone nut blanks
Stew-Mac part#0225 or eqivilant
dowel rod bracket ("Brace")
Stew-Mac part#3686 or equivilant
End bracket for tailpiece with mounting bolt/nut ("Endbolt")
Stew-Mac part#3690 or equivilant
First Quality Musical Supplies (FQMS):
1/2", 5/8", and 3/4" bridges, no-knot tailpiece, strings
Mother of pearl inlay
Gig bag to haul your banjo around...The FQMS logo bag is exceptional for the price.
Lots of other neat stuff...besides, they're really nice folks...
They may have everything you need if you ask!
Dowel rod bracket and mounting screw
No-knot tailpiece with mounting screw
End bracket for tailpiece with mounting bolt/nut
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