Rest assured that this is a one-time thing, 
      made out of high respect for your invention 
      & I have no intention whatsoever of selling 
      these. If you don't like this article, just 
      say the word and I'll quickly remove it.

My daughter needed a capo for her guitar and not having the cash 
handy, I set out to make one. It won't win any beauty contests, but
it sure works fine. 

I have owned all sorts of capos over the decades & Shubb capos
are by far the very best made, so I patterned my DIY capo after 
theirs. I own three Shubb capos and recommend them very highly.

Materials I used:

- 1 & 1/8 inch wide by 12 inches long by 3/16 inch thick "mending bracket"  
   the type sold in hardware stores

- 1 inch wide by 5 inches long by 3/32 inch thick flat U-bolt plate - again 
   from hardware store

- one 10 x 24 thread black allen-headed bolt - an inch long - hardware store

- one 10 x 24 thread nylon round-topped nut - hardware store

- 3/8 inch of light compression spring - hardware store

- a 10 x 24 thread "tap" to make the thread holes - Home Depot - inexpensive

- a couple of small brads to act as hinge-pins

- few pieces of heat-shring tubing - hardware store

- a few inches of floppy yellow/tan surgical type tubing (3/8"OD x 1/4"ID Latex 
   Hose is what's stamped on the side of the stuff I got at the hardware store)

- I cut the neck buffer piece from an old eyeglasss case

Tools I used: hacksaw, two files, super-glue, vise for bending, vise-grips & 
a few other minor odds & ends.

Once the main frame-member is cut from the "mending bracket", work it over with 
a file until it's a bit under 3/16" square.

I was surprised to learn that brass is heavier than steel! My contraption 
weighs 1/3 ounce less than the commercial jobbie.

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