Walnut Guitar #1: Tuner Head Inlay

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Blog entry by interpim posted 09-14-2009 12:25 AM 2610 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I am in the process of my first attempt at a guitar, and I have decided to go with Walnut to build it out of. I am designing it somewhat similar to a Les Paul, but I am putting my little twists on it here and there.

As they say, when it rains it pours. I guess that applies here as well. Because I attempted my first inlay today. It isn’t perfect and there are some spots that need a little filler but I think for my first attempt I did fairly well.

I first sawed off a couple pieces of maple and then a piece of ebony. Once I sanded those down and glued them together, I cut off thin strips which I then cut with a razor blade to fit my template. Once the glue dried, I sanded it down flush and this is what I came up with.

I have the truss rod on the way in the mail, and hopefully I will get it in soon along with the fret board. I am thinking of using some curly maple. I just need to find a really nice piece.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 02:32 AM

Looks good. Keep the post coming of your progress.

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 02:34 AM

pretty darn good

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 03:49 AM

Can’t wait to see finished job. Good work.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 01:01 AM

it was pretty nerve racking to cut into perfectly good looking wood to do this, but I am pleased with the result.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 10:25 PM

I have been following your blog Autumn… I think my biggest problem with my inlays is the fact I am hand chopping them out with a chisel instead of using a router like you suggested in your blog.

I recently finished a pair of gun grips for a friend that I inlayed an ebony diamond over each screw hole… I plan on posting a project once he gets them mounted on his Kimber, and sends me the photos. Bloodwood is a difficult wood to hand chop LOL.

-- San Diego, CA

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