The Pine Wood Banjo

By Mitchell D.
The instrument that I built is a banjo. This is how I did it. My brother Devon and I drew how long it would be. My Dad cut a board with an electric saw. I held the board while my Dad cut the board. It took about 10 minutes to cut with the saw. Next, we sanded the board. My Dad used the sander. I sat there and held it for about 30 minutes. It took along time to sand. The next day my Dad and I had to make slits for the nails, using a saw file. This was taking forever. So, my Dad decided to help
and use a chain saw file. This took us about 50 minutes to do the slits. 

A few days after that, my Dad took pliers and trimmed off both ends of the nails, so that they were about 2 inches long. Then I sanded the ends and my Dad sanded around the edges of the nails. This took 1 hour. I super glued the nails in the slits on the board. I wiped off the excess glue and I waited 20 minutes for them to dry. 

It was then time for stain because I wanted my banjo to be dark brown. I brushed and brushed carefully in between the nails and everywhere. My Dad then drilled holes with a drill to attach the ring of wood.

The next step, my Dad took a tin can and wood ring that he had made and we put the tin can inside in the ring and glued it. We added dowels in to hold it together. We added strings next, along with the bridge. I found some screws and wrapped the strings around the screws. I tied the strings to the end of the dowels that were sticking out. This banjo took me and my Dad 5 days and about 12 hours.

I strum my banjo in order for it to make music. If I want to change the tune of the Dynamics I push in between the nails. I strum hard for a louder noise and gentler for a soft Dynamic. The same with Pitch, if I strum hard the Pitch is higher than if I strum soft.
The timbre of my instrument similar to a guitar. And twangy like bluegrass music. I love blue grass music and hope to play my banjo in the auditorium and get in the top 20.