Minature Steve Ramsay Guitars

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Project by robscastle posted 06-01-2017 05:33 AM 788 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On WWMM WoodWorking for Mere Mortals Steve has a youtube video with these guitars, along with a downloadable template.

He is actually making spoons but,

I have a son who is a keen guitarist so I decided to make what was just going to be just a paperweight, but the project got the better of me and I spruced it up a bit with some minor profiling.

I have only completed the one acoustic guitar at this stage and got some pleasing results so I thought it worthy of a project post.

The timber I used was some potato Crate pallet boards removed due to damage, the timber is Jarrah.

I printed out Steve’s templates and pasted them on a stick I had thicknessed down for the job.
Once it was dry I pulled out my trusty makita jig saw to cut them out, but this proved far to hard for it and I used my bandsaw.

Looking at the cutouts and then real guitars I decided to sculpt in some more realistic features, most obvious in picture No 3.

I cut the acoustic hole with a Forstner bit first up and then finished it with a Tee slot router bit would you believe.
I was trying to produce the apperance of a cavity.

I sanded the timber with 80 grit and then used my portablle King Arthur flex drive to sand down all the bandsaw nicks in the curves.
I them polished them firstly with a grey compound and then finishing with a white compound.
A wipe off with a clean cloth and that’s the results I got.

The remaining guitars are awaiting to be completed.

Then who knows I might even go for 2Cellos next. (if you are musically orientied you will know what this means)

Even if you are not go take a look at youtube 2Cellos.

Not forgetting of course WWMM site for the supply of the template. Thank you Steve!!

Additional Information:

As I was very surprised getting the responses I did , I thought it best to finish the other three, now to add to my embrassement it has been nominated for the DT3 wow that was unexpected, so I have finished the other 3.

Here they are:

The electric guitar proved a bit tricky to edge finish so I set up my Die grinder bit in my shaper to get into the narrow curves to tidy them up.

Surface Finishing:

After radiusing the edges I flap disked them and then polished everything with My KAT Guinevere flexible drive using some white compound, again the electric ones required me to split the polishing disk you see fitted on the right in half to get into the tight curves next to the neck.

This was the final result.

Thanks for all the support !!

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 06-01-2017 05:50 AM

Cool job Rob.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 06-01-2017 11:15 AM

Pretty nice paperweights, Rob! Did you consider making a pick guard? Just wondering how far your mind wandered heeheehee That jarrah is beautiful wood. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 06-01-2017 11:46 AM

Nicely done Bob, though the video didn’t work..
Mr Google helped me find this link..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 06-01-2017 11:57 AM

Thanks Peter I went to see what the problem was and it looks like I really screwed up the link, it works now but is messy.

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 06-01-2017 12:25 PM

Nice work! Steve is a great source.

Those would make good kitchen magnets, maybe smaller.

I love 2 Cellos. I have them on itunes on my phone. My mother always had a cello and piano.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#6 posted 06-01-2017 01:56 PM

nice work rob

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 06-01-2017 04:55 PM

These guitars are nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 06-01-2017 09:21 PM

COOL lil guitars!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 06-01-2017 09:46 PM

Well thanks evrybody.

Thats a lot of interest for just a small little project, so as a result I had better return the compliment and get busy finishing all of them.

I sent Steve a PM thanking him for his contribution as a appreciation as well.

Who went and checked out the 2cellos? a very talanted pair doing modern music,...which come to think of it could possibly used for workshop music!

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 06-01-2017 11:04 PM

Very cool Rob. I know my nephew could use a few of these also….. sometime in the future, on the “to-do” list

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 06-02-2017 07:07 PM

Those look fantastic Rob

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#12 posted 06-03-2017 05:45 AM

Nice job Rob and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 06-03-2017 09:21 PM

Thanks grumpy

I was checking out some of your work, saw the router job with the clock burl, very good!

We should try and get together for a XXXX Gold or Carlton someday before we are not allowed to!!

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 06-04-2017 02:07 AM

Great fun Rob very cool.

-- Custom furniture

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