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Blog series by YorkshireStewart updated 633 days ago 10 parts 23421 reads 105 comments total

Part 1: The soundboard and rosette.

661 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 13 comments »

Time, just now, doesn’t allow many words to describe this process. It’s my first attempt an an acoustic guitar. I hope I have taken enough photographs to tell the story. Other than the spruce soundboard, much of the instrument is made from bits and pieces from the shed. Ah yes, I started to make jigs five years ago! This is why I made the thicknessing sander! To Part Two

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Part 2: The back and ribs.

661 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 10 comments »

For this, my first effort, (that suggests there’ll be at least a second!) I’m using some pieces of sapele that have been lying around for some time. Bending iron by Heath Robinson or Rube Goldberg! To Part Three

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Part 3: Kerfing strips.

661 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 6 comments »

“Why bother to make them? They’re cheap enough!” “Yes, but, it’s what I do!” ...Recycled mahogany. “ To Part Four

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Part 4: The neck

661 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 7 comments »

A nice piece of mahogany I’ve been saving for a rainy day.. To Part Five

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Part 5: Some initial assembly. Head and tail blocks

661 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 12 comments »

..so that’s what the kerfing strips do! Ah yes, a bit of old mantle piece; that’ll do for the two blocks…

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Part 6: Fitting the neck; gluing on the soundboard

661 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 14 comments »

It’s difficult to see what’s going on here. this is a plywood caul that’s screwed down to the mould as a clamp as I glue on the soundboard. It seems easier than the yards of elastic that’s often used for the same purpose. This way to Part Seven

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Part 7: Attaching the back

660 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 11 comments »

Take a long look at your sculpture Stewart; it’s the last you will see of it! Spread the Titebond. Not too much; we don’t want a mess inside there. In the Shaker tradition, even though we can’t see it, The Almighty can. The plywood caul is flexible enough to follow the curvature of the back or front.

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Part 8: Bit of this; bit of that.

658 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 7 comments »

Postings will slow down somewhat now. This is what I did today. On the router table, trimmed off the overhang on the back of the guitar. Marking out and cutting out for the end-seam inlay strip: I’m using a piece of quilted mahogany / sapele that will match the headstock veneer: My purflings… (Good grief; look at the state of my thumbnail!) and bindings arrived today. Sorry, I didn’t make ‘em! Last thing I did was to super...

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Part 9: Purflings and Bindings

651 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 13 comments »

I did say that things would slow down! This stage, for me, has been the most difficult so far. The books I’m following recommended gluing the purfling to the binding before bending them together on the bending iron. I found that to be disastrous, I (or the wood) suffered splitting, delamination of the black, white, black purfling and twisting. Oh what a mess! So I went back to what I’d thought would be the easiest before I read the books! Bend ‘em separately! Firs...

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Part 10: Mostly fretboard

633 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 12 comments »

Fine tuning the tail veneer & cutting dinky little mitres on the purflings. A nice piece of maple recycled from a shop fitting will do nicely for the fretboard. I Googled and then printed off a full size pattern for the frets. Attached it to the maple with d/s tape. and attached depth stops to a pull-saw of correct kerf width for frets I’m using… a rapidly knocked together ‘mitre’ box Result – happiness: I made a sanding block...

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