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Marquetry Guitar - Flower Power.

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 09-23-2014 09:33 PM 1722 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Answering a question about why we do not use more the vacuum bags for veneering, I used the example of my guitar to explain I was using the vacuum bag only for curves and our flat manual press for flat surfaces.
Sodabowski noticed I never posted that project.

So here we are.

I am a terrible guitar player, but it is not a reason I should not have a fun guitar.

I hesitated between 2 design, one more classic that I called Flower Power

And another one more modern

I favored Flower Power, because I am a peaceful guy but manly because I drew a similar one when I was in my teens and never made it. In my 30’s it was about time.

I bought a Epiphone Les Paul which is not to bad and often better than the cheap Gibson, and I also bought a terrible kit I did not use yet so I do not know how it sounds.

I scraped and sanded the top that I wanted to veneer to the bare wood for better adhesion.

Cut the marquetry

Shaded it. I was a bit shy on the shading of those scrolls

Mounted it in a black background

Then I veneered the marquetry on the guitar in a vacuum bag, using Old Brown Glue. At that point, I was hoping it would work and that the veneer would nicely deform as the surface was “bombé”, with curves and counter curves. I did check with a piece of paper and decided it was probably OK.

Trimimng the veneer

There was 3 spots which needed re-glueing, a little heat and moisture did the job as I used liquid hide glue. Especially the bottom part which needed compression of the fibers, because of the curve there was a little to much veneer, which was better that not enough it would have produce a crack.

Then cleaning up of the paper with cold water as the marquetry is mounted on kraft with hot hide glue.

Sanding

Have it sprayed et voilà

It is a bit dusty now as I am still a terrible guitar player mainly by lack of practice, but I have a cool guitar!

If I manage to get some money I will buy a real gibson in ash to veneer it with that version that I have to finish.

-- Patrice lejeune





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shipwright

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 11:37 PM

So Patrice …........ I think I may have just identified a market for your work …....... one that can afford the fine detailed work and has a tendency toward collecting guitars …... and California is a hotbed of them. If they discover you you are doomed to riches.
But I’m sure you’ve already thought of that ….

Kidding aside, pretty guitar. Now go practice. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Patricelejeune

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#2 posted 09-23-2014 11:55 PM

Well that was the idea, 5 years ago, and I haven’t gone much forward with that but I sure should do couple models
with my own forms. It just needs router work and you know how much I like it. I may look for a CNC guy and pay him to do it.

-- Patrice lejeune

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timbertailor

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 12:38 AM

Beautiful work and a great design.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Sodabowski

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 06:27 AM

I’m really glad I asked you about that guitar building process. It’s absolutely beautiful! As Paul said, there’s a market out there begging for you! Thanks a BUNCH for posting it :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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stanley2

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 01:48 PM

A true artist at work and in wood yet – even better

-- Phil in British Columbia

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 03:15 PM

You do beautiful work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Patricelejeune

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 04:21 PM

Thanks, as I said on my previous project, we are teaching marquetry for the next 2 weeks, I may have time to dig through the old stuff and come up to date with my posts.

-- Patrice lejeune

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Hammerthumb

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 04:25 PM

As always, stunning work! Just amazing!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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tinnman65

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#9 posted 09-27-2014 12:15 AM

I love this Guitar! I wish I could trade some of my guitar skills for those marquetry skills. Once again you show us a great use for OBG. I would like to try this on an old Gibson SG I have that is completely striped down but the neck is glued to the body. Do you think the vacum press would affect the neck if it was supported in the bag?

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Patricelejeune

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#10 posted 09-29-2014 07:47 PM

I did veneer my guitar with the neck on, I just had to make sure the head was of the board of plywood I use as a surface otherwise it would have broken it, if it clears, the bag will just stretch around it not puch it done on your board. I do not know if this is clear…

-- Patrice lejeune

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tinnman65

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#11 posted 09-29-2014 08:17 PM

Thanks Patrice, I think I understand. I will make sure the neck is supported while being vacuum pressed and I shouldn’t have any problems.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Patricelejeune

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#12 posted 09-29-2014 11:01 PM

I think it is more the opposite I made a small picture just to be sure.

On the first one the neck will break because the bag will press the all body to the plywood until it gives up, on the second one, the vacuum bag will wrap around the neck

-- Patrice lejeune

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tinnman65

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#13 posted 09-29-2014 11:19 PM

Oh now I see, I makes perfect sense now. Thank You

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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tdv

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#14 posted 01-05-2015 09:09 AM

Stunning work! Although I agree I think you should have built your own design with a glued in neck as opposed to bolt on. I own some early handmade Patrick Eggle hand made Berlin models with beautiful maple tops but if I had one with a top like that, now that would be a prize. Forgive me I really don’t mean to offend, but a Chinese / Korean epiphone doesn’t do justice as a substrate for your fine work. Steve Vai’s Ibanez Gems are quite arty I bet he’d love one of yours.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Patricelejeune

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#15 posted 01-05-2015 05:55 PM

I think it is one of the reason I did not go further on the guitars, I want to make my own body, even if the sound of that epiphone is really good. I have 2 other marquetry on in black and 2 in maple. The other black is already glued on a not great guitar, but I want to do a good body in ash for the 2 nexts, but it takes time and dedication that I unfortunately do not have at the moment… I do think of this guitars as prototypes, so it does not really matters, but for the next one it does!

-- Patrice lejeune

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