Anyone have some building plans and scale templates for a diatonic canjo? Trying to come up with a simple, easy to build, an inexpensive one for a bunch of elementary school kids (maybe twenty of them) to build and decorate. One stringer, no frets, and a hardware store eye hook (or something similar) for a tuning peg. Need to keep cost way down. I'll probably pre-cut and pre-drill everything, and mark the fret positions, then they can paint or decorate the neck themselves. Might use dowels, or 1 x 2's for the necks. If anyone has spare strings or tuning pegs the would like to donate, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll be doing this for free as a volunteer at the local library, and there is no budget available at this time, so material donations are welcome.