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Building A Cuttaway Acoustic Guitar #2: Part 2: Gluing the Sides

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Blog entry by DMiller posted 08-01-2018 01:54 AM 552 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off I would like to apologize for not having updated you all earlier on my acoustic guitar project. This summer has been really busy for me as I have been working full time and have not had a lot of time to work on the guitar. Hopefully once school starts I will have a little more time in the afternoon.

Here are a few pictures of the instrument at the stage it is at:

As I have glued the three pieces of the sides I have kept them in a form to keep the sides from trying to return to their unbent position:

The top and bottom angles were fairly simple to glue based on the angles that needed to be glued. I made a mistake in thinking that the top of the guitar is tapered, when actually the bottom needs to be tapered. If you were to taper the top, and glue the neck on normally, the strings would not be level. If you were to taper the top, the neck would have to be attached at the same angle as the tapered top. (Hopefully this isn’t too confusing (: ) I corrected this error by gluing another piece on top of the headblock- it is the piece that follows the angle of the cutaway.

The cutaway angle caused me a little trouble in that none of my clamps would grip the extreme angle. The angle was clamped by hot gluing some blocks of the opposite angle covered with foam rug pad to the clamps. An extension still needs to be added to correct the error of thinking the top was to be tapered. A block will be glued in to raise the cuttaway block to the height of the sides:

Currently I am using Titeblond Hide Glue to glue the instrument together:

I have been following Mr. Ervin Somogyi’s methods from his book Making the Responsive Guitar. If any of you are interested in building a guitar, I highly recommend this book. http://www.esomogyi.com/books.html

Thank you all for reading, I appreciate your comments, questions, or advice. Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."



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rustfever

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#1 posted 08-01-2018 02:58 AM

WOW! I am amazed.
Great Job.
Keep up the great work.
I think next time, you need to teach me!
Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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DMiller

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#2 posted 08-01-2018 12:30 PM

Thanks Ira! I not sure about the last part though!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#3 posted 08-01-2018 01:19 PM

Wow! That looks great, Dale! Is that mahogany or cherry? It’s pretty! Keep up the good progress.

-- Pete

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#4 posted 08-01-2018 01:22 PM

wow,building a guitar,now thats impressive work.cant wait to see you playing that.what wood are you using?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 08-01-2018 04:31 PM

You’re doing and excellent job. I have plans for a cutaway ukulele. You’ve given me some excellent ideas for corner blocks. Thank you for posting and keep it up.
I use the titebond liquid hide glue. It does the job well and can be reversed with a heat gun.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 08-01-2018 11:22 PM

Good job. I think can use a polishing agent to looks better

-- Richard - Goatonecent[dot]com

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DMiller

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#7 posted 08-02-2018 12:39 AM

Thanks for the comments guys! PPK and pottz- my back, sides, and neck are mahogany. The top is Sitka spruce generously given to me by Mr. Somogyi. Goatonecent, as of now no finish has been applied to any part of the instrument; also, none of the instrument has been sanded. I plan to seal the inside of the body with shellac, and either use french polishing or lacquer to finish the exterior. Johnstoneb, thank you for your comment! It is encouraging to know others can benefit from my work. Thanks again, Dale

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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