|Project by Patricelejeune||posted 09-23-2014 09:33 PM||1722 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
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.
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