I’ve been rather busy with life the last couple years, but I’m finally back in the shop and up to no good again! Here’s what I’m up to for anyone who’s interested… A few years back I was conversing with a co-worker and fellow guitar player. Aware I was an amateur woodworker, he suggested I build a guitar. “Luthiery requires special tools and skills…training. Naw, I couldn’t do that,” I said. Google search. Fast forward to la...
I have not been back here at LJ for a while. Had some problems with the internet connection for a time and somehow got used to having no connection even after we got it back.Anyway, I just finished attaching the braces and the sides to the top. With this guitar, I also decided to try and make my own kerfed lining. These linings usually cost $2.44 each, from a supplier, and a classical guitar will need four pieces, a total of $9.76, shipping not included. Making my own cost me $3.50, plus ...
So, I figured I should post something. I’m mid way through this cabinet and I don’t really take progress photos all that often. But here’s what I’m doing right this second. Specs: 2×12Dovetailed Baltic Birch constructionFinal dry fit before finishI just worked out a new logo and the badges are being engraved at Lollar Guitars, here on Vashon Island.If you don’t know who they are, check them out. Their pickups are amazing. I’ll post more during the f...
Well, here is the start of my second guitar project. I imagined this second guitar before I even finished the first one. Outline of the top Marking the rosette channels. My method is a bit crude, although this one is better than the popsicle stick I used for the first guitar. A fellow LJ posted a project, a marking tool, that gave me an idea for a circle cutter. I will ask him if I could adapt his simple, yet beautiful design. Routed the channel using a small router planeTwenty-s...
Taking a stab at building an electric Bass Guitar with a neck through design and laminated top. I will post photos and details as the project moves along.
After three months of once-a-week woodworking, my Les Paul Jr. project is finally starting to look like a guitar. I spent the first hour of my class installing frets on the guitar’s neck, a process that involves fretwire, a fretting hammer, a few clamps, flush-trimming pliers, some CA glue and a file. The basic process is to cut the fretwire — which had been radiused to 10 inches — for each fret, leaving an extra quarter- to half-inch on either side. Cutting the fretwire Next, I c...
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