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Blog series by Chinitorama updated 10-05-2010 10:08 AM 5 parts 44412 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

07-07-2010 08:32 AM by Chinitorama | 1 comment »

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&#...

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Part 2: Rosette

07-08-2010 09:07 AM by Chinitorama | 3 comments »

The top was glued up as any other panel would be, only thinner at about 3mm. The material was a lucky find at a local lumberyard. Nicely quartered cedar is easy to find here in BC. Unless noted otherwise, Titebond 3 is the glue used. Rosettes in classical/flamenco guitars are most often mosaic and herringbone inlay. I love the look of traditional rosettes, but they are complex to make from scratch. Mass-produced rosettes can be purchased from most of the big luthier supply houses. As...

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Part 3: Solera

08-16-2010 08:38 PM by Chinitorama | 2 comments »

Probably the most important fixture in the guitar building process is the Solera. This jig is used to establish the arch in the guitar’s top as well as the necessary angle of the neck in relation to the top. Basically it’s a guitar-shaped board with sections carved away to facilitate various shaping and assembly processes. A shaped clamping caul more or less. I’ve read about these fixtures being made of mdf and solid wood but I chose 3/4 fir plywood. A previous attemp...

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Part 4: Bending the Sides Part 1

10-04-2010 06:47 AM by Chinitorama | 1 comment »

Still without a climate controlled work room, I’ll continue through the list of tasks that can be done without a dehumidifier. Next up is one of the steps that seems to mystify a lot of non-guitar types: side bending. There are many different approaches to this task ranging from hi-tech electric blankets to boiling. My method is based on conversations with luthier friends and guitar geek research. It’s also probably one of the simplest to set up without spending a ton on exp...

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Part 5: Bending the Sides Part 2

10-05-2010 10:08 AM by Chinitorama | 4 comments »

Here’s a shot of my bookmatched sides ready to be bent: Many luthiers shape an edge on each side with a compound curve before bending. This aids fitting the back and makes it a good idea to label everything before you get started. I’ll shape this edge after bending, but want to ensure the grain is as symmetrical as possible from bass to treble sides of the finished instrument.Bending begins at the waist and I’ve marked this location approximately 14” from what wil...

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