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1st Acoustic Guitar Happy-Fun Time #4: Rosette Design, Joining the Soundboard, and Performax 22/44 Fun

644 days ago by Cosmicsniper | 8 comments »

I’m swamped with two other concurrent projects at the moment, but I have found time to contemplate a Design for the rosette, as well as play around a little with my new eBay bargain, the Performax 22/44 drum sander. Rosette Theory The idea of the rosette is derived less from artistic design opportunities, which it certainly is, but more by the structural need to reinforce the sound hole in such thin, soft woods like spruce, cedar, redwood, or whatever stock is normally chosen for ...

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Acoustic Guitar #8: Bit of this; bit of that.

656 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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Acoustic Guitar #7: Attaching the back

658 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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Acoustic Guitar #6: Fitting the neck; gluing on the soundboard

659 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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Acoustic Guitar #5: Some initial assembly. Head and tail blocks

659 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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Acoustic Guitar #4: The neck

659 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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Acoustic Guitar #3: Kerfing strips.

659 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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Acoustic Guitar #2: The back and ribs.

659 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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Acoustic Guitar #1: The soundboard and rosette.

659 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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1st Acoustic Guitar Happy-Fun Time #3: The Mold and the Bending Machine

671 days ago by Cosmicsniper | 4 comments »

When I last left you, we were right at the point of beginning construction on many of the jigs and forms that will make this endeavor much easier. Conveniently, the timing works very well since I’m still awaiting the opportunity to make it down to Austin to pick up that Performax 22/44 that I got off eBay (thanks to my cousin, Brady, for getting it for me). This, of course, will allow me to get all that beautiful wood down to thickness easily and more precisely. In the meantime, t...

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