Guitar Build Progress Report #4: August 20th Update

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Blog entry by knotscott posted 08-20-2010 07:33 PM 8599 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s today’s update. Adding the shop-made curly maple veneer to the front of the headstock was a little tricky because it’s attached to an existing neck. My plan to rout down the face to accommodate the thickness of the veneer didn’t pan out as planned because the radius on the fretboard made it rock. Instead, I ended up using the flat edge and back of the “paddle blank” as a reference and sliced the cutout on the band saw. Once the veneer was in place and glued, I cut the shape with the BS as much as I could, then sanded to final shape with my OSS. The headstock is now shaping up fairly nicely. The back of the neck will get black paint, then I’ll reveal the natural curly maple edge on the headstock like the front of the body. Next I’ll drill the holes for tuners, give it more clear coats, and some fine sanding, etc.

I’m at what I consider the high risk stage…after hours of planning, cutting, shaping, staining, and sanding, I’m now cutting holes in the front of the guitar. It’s easy to inflict a few battle scars, and it generally just stresses me out a little.

The guitar is coming along pretty nicely and faster than I planned, but I’ve been going at it pretty hard the last couple of days. The shop’s a mess, I’m tired, stressed, and need to back away for a while before I really goof something up! (it definitely happens and the writing’s on the wall right in front of me!) Time to mow the lawn, take a nap, tidy up and the shop, and hit the shower. Better to rejuvenate and come back to this later…after all…this is for fun, right?

Evening update: Well, I couldn’t stay away forever…tonight I painted the back of the neck, and the cover for the electronics cavity. That’s definitely it for tonight!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 07:41 PM

pretty fantastic. really gets me going and think about how I’d like to make mine… although that may be a while before I can uptake that plan and find the proper materials for it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 08:08 PM

WOW what a project, I really dig the color (but I am partial to green LOL) Have you done many of these, I would be interested in some links of how too’s if you have them.

Great job so far…...

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 08:29 PM

That should turn out Awsome !!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 10:11 PM

i’ve never heard of the rit dye idea but why not? how did you apply it and must the laquer be water based?

-- -erik & christy-

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 11:44 PM

I posted about the RIT dye after I tried it b/c I was fairly impressed with the results. A couple of others had tried it. Fading was one concern that was raised, but one of the folks who tried it hasn’t noticed any. It has to be dry before you clear coat it, and it does raise the grain more than oil based stains. The first two clear coats were spray on spar varnish with UV protection to help prevent possible fading, but the guitar shouldn’t see much direct sunlight. The final coats are lacquer.

Dug – This is my 2nd guitar…the whole project is chronicled in a blog series here. The link is at the top….Guitar Build. There are many how to guides on the web. You Tube has a lot of videos, and project sites like and offer a lot of help.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 06:55 PM

Kewl thanks…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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