was a Gibson Trapdoor Tenor banjo that I made into a 5
String for Paul Heller.
had the lower part of the trap door and none of the hardware,
so I had to improvise a few things!
is the piece I had to work with:
springs on the orriginal piece of trapdoor were broken, so I had
to make some new ones.
Benedict Koehler's method for creating a spring.
24 gauge piano wire . First you get a piece of maple and make
a hole the size of the wire.
you put nail a few inches away from the hole.
the wire in the hole and start wrapping it around the nail.
You have to take the head off the nail,
can slide the spring off after you are done wrapping it!
with different numbers of wraps and different nail sizes, then
the springs into the new lower part of the trapdoor.
connected the two (not an easy feat):
next thing to make was the spring that holds the trapdoor open
Paul Fitzgerald (an amazing gunsmith) of Hillrose Designs made
me one out of steel,
he then tempered to make it into a spring.
side of the spring holds the trapdoor shut and the other keeps
knob is a piece of hardware I found at the local hardware store.
it is all finished!