In this part of the series, we’ll look at making and installing the back braces, making the back, and prepping the sides for the big glue-up. In this guitar, I put in four back braces. These braces were made from 7×15 mm strips of Spanish cedar ripped on a bandsaw. The braces were given a rounded profile on the side facing up when you look through the sound hole. After cutting the braces to length, the ends of each brace on the rounded side were chiseled flat. This would ...
The kit for this classical guitar came with a bookmatched pair of Engelmann spruce boards for the top. My pair has some beautiful silk in it that I hope will come out in the finish. After jointing the inner edges of the two boards and tapering the opposite edges. We used a wedge jig to glue up the top. The wedge applies the clamping pressure to the joint in the middle of the top. I then used hand planes to surface the outside of the top. The next step is installing the rosette t...
I came across an interesting guitar design on Yanko Design and was wondering what woodworkers and guitar players think. Does anyone see any problems with the design? Would it play, sound the same as a normally shaped electric guitar?
Still without a climate controlled work room, I’ll continue through the list of tasks that can be done without a dehumidifier. Next up is one of the steps that seems to mystify a lot of non-guitar types: side bending. There are many different approaches to this task ranging from hi-tech electric blankets to boiling. My method is based on conversations with luthier friends and guitar geek research. It’s also probably one of the simplest to set up without spending a ton on exp...
The top was glued up as any other panel would be, only thinner at about 3mm. The material was a lucky find at a local lumberyard. Nicely quartered cedar is easy to find here in BC. Unless noted otherwise, Titebond 3 is the glue used. Rosettes in classical/flamenco guitars are most often mosaic and herringbone inlay. I love the look of traditional rosettes, but they are complex to make from scratch. Mass-produced rosettes can be purchased from most of the big luthier supply houses. As...
I had to take a break from working on this project for over a week (life got in the way)… But, Sunday afternoon my son Cody came to help work on it… He brought his assortment of pedals and we soon realized that space was quickly running short… We decided to scrap the multi level design to get better use of the space… After cutting the supports, I used my forstner bits to lighten the weight of them… A small light will mount under the top board illuminating the pedals and this ...
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...
3 Strings CBG (cigar box guitar) #6: This cigar box guitar is done but I think the journey just began!
Hi there guys, I had another long weekend (revolution day over here) so I managed to finish my first cgb, whee! So, first I did the last polycrylic coat(satin) and wet sanded with 1200 grit, the plan was to do some polish to the finish… but it turns out that, when wet sanding this finish it looks and feels just like the necks in 3 of my factory made guitars – natural matte look, and smooth to the touch- which I love a lot so no polish needed!, and that means a lot less elbow gr...
Hey everybody! My Brother-in-law has a birthday coming up (actually it’s today) and I never know what to get him. He always gets me something for my birthday and it’s usually a thoughtful gift. He can get whatever he wants whenever he needs it so gift giving, at least for me, is sort of difficult. He likes music and plays guitar so I thought that a guitar made from an old gas can would be a unique gift, something that he may have never even heard of or seen. I have never ...
This isn’t much of a blog, but here are some drawings (for those who were interested) with the dimensions for the guitar stand I posted a few weeks ago.
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