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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 03-07-2015 12:30 AM 1673 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first flat top build, all my acoustic builds have been carved top and back plates. Flat top is a misnomer because the top has a 28ft radius and the back has a 15ft radius. ( top and back are pictured in their radius dishes ) This won’t be detailed build, just a series of updates.

I’m working from drawings for a Martin 000. I’ve altered the outline so I can use the same mold to build a 15in archtop , a much more curvy guitar . The flat top bracing will be the same as the Martin drawing. I’ve overlaid the new shape on the Martin. Some loss of internal volume but I don’t think it will be a big deal. I hope it won’t be a big deal.

Finally I would like to rave about the usefulness of a 45mm #3 fishtail gouge for furniture and luthiery. This one has been re handled to the length of a patternmakers paring chisel. It gets used at least once a day here.

Very old Redwood for the top and Southern Silky Oak back and sides. Most of you would know Silky Oak as Lacewood. See my resaw blog. http://lumberjocks.com/Texcaster/blog/42511

Nice graceful 28ft radius.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.



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#1 posted 03-09-2015 05:18 PM

That silky oak is stunning!

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 05:38 PM

Bill, you are just being mean to me now, knowing I can’t even play more than rhythm anymore let alone cut a guitar.

It looks great, how is the sound with that oak?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 03:52 AM

Cheers fellas, yeah the silky oak is pretty spectacular. It isn’t a quercus at all, it just has that look when cut on the quarter. This is the south east Queensland silky oak. The premium silky oak is a rainforest timber from N. Queensland. Both are softer than mahogany and have a workable tap tone.

Dallas, I can only play well enough to accompany myself singing. Sometimes I cough up cigarette butts and beer cans.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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