Luthiery Fun #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by Chinitorama posted 07-07-2010 08:32 AM 5725 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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After years of dreaming about it I’ve started to build a guitar. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on LJs I plan to do most of it in a spare condo bedroom. So far I’m still wrestling with the problem of humidity control as I can’t keep my workspace closed from the rest my home and I haven’t bought a dehumidifier yet. Any suggestions out there?

For now, my intent is to focus on aspects of luthiery which aren’t as effected by moisture. As things progress I’ll find a way to justify getting all the climate control gear.

So here goes…

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 07:55 PM

Another way to get the humidity down on guitar wood is to make a box about 2×2 ft and about 10” thick out of plywood. Mount a light socket inside and put in a 60 watt bulb. Be sure it’s away from the sides so a fire doesn’t start. Heat build-up in the box should cause most moisture to leave. After the top and back are glued to the sides it doesn’t matter as much which is good because it doesn’t fit in the box after that anyway.
This is the method I used when I first began making acoustic instruments.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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