How to Build an Upright Washtub Bass

  1. Look at the bottom of the bucket and notice the raised ridge. Notch the end of the wooden broom handle with your saw so that the bucket’s raised ridge will fit into it.
  2. Drill a hole through the opposite end of the broom handle about three inches from end
  3. Flip your washtub upside down and drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the tub
  4. Lay a nut on top of a washer over the hole you just made and screw in the eyebolt halfway
  5. Turn your washtub on its side. From underneath, feed a washer and nut onto the bottom of the eyebolt and screw securely in place
  6. Tie one end of the clothesline tightly to the eyebolt
  7. Stand your washtub upside down on the floor and set the notched end of the broomstick into the raised ridge on the bottom
  8. Lean the broomstick slightly toward the center with one hand while grasping the free end of the clothesline with the other
  9. Feed the free end of the clothesline through the hole drilled into the broomstick and pull it taut. Wrap the clothesline around the end of the pole and tie securely

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Home Made Instruments

Ever since I saw the Cigar Box Guitar in the back of my Bear book, when I was young, I always wanted to build a cigar box guitar.  Recently I have come across some really good plans for them.   Like anything else out there, people really get into it.  I thought about doing this as a den meeting, but could never find enough cigar boxes.  I suppose I never really tried hard enough.  A few days ago I bought a quality wooden cigar box for five dollars.  I’m hoping to pick up the wood for the neck at home depot today.  This portion of my ticket is taking on a life of its own.  I’ll post pictures here when I finally put my instrument together.  I wanted to share a few of the resources I’ve come across on DIY instruments.  Enjoy.

How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar

Cigar Box Guitar: Instructable

The $5 Cracker Box Amp

How to Make a Bottleneck Slide

2 String Paddle Bass

Superterrific Tub Bass

Washtub Bass


Bleach Bottle Banjo

my skiffle skills so far include playing musical saw and washboard. hoping tonight a washtub bass will be added to that repertoire after me and the boys in Remsen Social Club build one!! I can only hope my efforts sound half this good.