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Archtop 2012 #1: Starting

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Blog entry by Josh Sollows posted 12-11-2011 02:17 AM 1194 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey there LJ, it’s been about a year since the completion of my Les PAul and I just recently started an Archtop guitar. I will be taking a break on it for Christmas but I will be back up and running again in the New Year. Anyways, here’s my progress so far in making this instrument.

Well, I don’t have pictures of the wood I started with but I do start to take them a few steps in. Here you can see I have two pieces of wood. Walnut (Left) Sitka Spruce (Right). The walnut is to be used as the back of the guitar, and the sitka as the front. Both pieces are 1” thick; a far cry from the future 1/8” thick! I have already traced, and cut out the shape of the guitar.

My camera had been out of commission for a while so I missed some pictures, but to sum up what I did: I used the drill press with a forstner bit all over the back and face, to give me a target curvature; and then carved roughly down to that depth leaving the characteristic “arch” in the guitar.

Moving on, I start the shaping of the top of the guitar

Done the top!

Now I carve out the inside of the top and back

Amazing how thin it actually is

And after a lot of sanding with an orbital sander we have the finished profile on both pieces

Next step in the process is steam bending the sides. Will be up soon!

-- There's nothing like the feel of a wood shop.



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#1 posted 12-11-2011 05:15 AM

Nice. I look forward to the rest of the story. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 06:49 PM

is very interesting. Thanks for the pictures

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 08:31 PM

I will be following this one. Nice start.

-- my blog: http://watertoneworkshop.blogspot.ca/ my You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA?view_as=subscriber

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 08:59 PM

I certainly apologize. but it would be easier to remove too much wood router, by overlaying templates? something to work with a drill
if you want I can show photos of the device, such as patterns from minimum to maximum. perhaps it will help you

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 10:39 PM

Rembo, yeah I would definitely be interested in seeing some photos. Perhaps I’ll consider your method for a possible future build?

-- There's nothing like the feel of a wood shop.

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 09:33 PM

Josh Sollows, OK . here is one of the options




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#7 posted 12-13-2011 01:48 AM

Interesting. I’ll have to try that sometime to see how effective it is. Thanks for the pics.

-- There's nothing like the feel of a wood shop.

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