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My first lap steel guitar

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 04-13-2015 07:58 PM 1178 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dirty, heavy unidentified board had been kicking around for some years..

..imagine my delight when I ran a plane over it and found this lovely lacewood:

I scaled up from a photograph of a Moog lap steel. Imitation is, after all the sincerest from of flattery!

Bandsawn to rough shape and tidied up on the bobbin sander.

Rough planed to 1.5” and sanded through the trusty shop-made thicknesser:

Routed out for wenge inlays:

Inlays glued in and tidied up:

Shaping the headstock:

Inlaying the headstock:

Fret pattern printed off. Fret slots cut using jig.

Gluing sycamore ‘frets’ into walnut fretboard

Gluing abalone fret markers:

Attaching fretboard

Coming together. Finish is Tru Oil

The difficult part is yet to be done (Getting a tune out of it!)

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems



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SPalm

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#1 posted 04-13-2015 08:24 PM

Neat.
That is a nice looking guitar. Sycamore frets? I don’t know the first thing about these things, but it’s pretty.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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YorkshireStewart

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#2 posted 04-13-2015 09:10 PM

Yes, the frets on a lap steel are just markers, as the strings are about 1/2” above the fretboard.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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AZWoody

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 12:08 AM

Beautiful, That is definitely a piece I would love to have for my collection :)

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ineedathis

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 12:41 AM

Excellent work Stewart!

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 01:28 AM

Super… Wonderful… Great… Work! :)

You did such a Beautiful job!!

Looks just GREAT!

So, you going to shoot a short video for us when you get the First Tune out of it? :)
... that would Top the Story off very nicely!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 04-14-2015 02:37 AM

Beautiful job Stew and a great blog.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 02:37 AM

Beautiful job Stew and a great blog.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 04-14-2015 03:06 AM

Nice job. I will forward to some amateur guitar builder friends. The wood looks like Quartersawn Sycamore. Beautiful find under that dirt.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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YorkshireStewart

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#9 posted 04-14-2015 09:52 AM

Many thanks folks!

Joe – Actually getting a tune out of it is proving much more difficult than hacking the wood about.

Don’t hold your breath! 8-)

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Jim Rowe

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#10 posted 04-14-2015 01:25 PM

Nice guitar there Stewart. Glad to see that the thickness sander is still in use!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Roger

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#11 posted 04-17-2015 05:56 PM

Beautiful build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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