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Tapering the Guitar Sides

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Blog entry by Randy Price posted 947 days ago 4367 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Follow along as I build a Tenor Guitar. In this episode see how the guitar sides are tapered in preparation for attaching the back and top.




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YorkshireStewart

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#1 posted 946 days ago

Some useful ideas Randy; thanks again!

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#2 posted 945 days ago

Randy,

Did you consider using a router instead of sandpaper? That’s what I thought you might do since you weren’t shy about using power tools (drill press) for your initial sizing operation.

I wonder how the ‘professional’ instrument makers do it?

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#3 posted 945 days ago

Hi Marty -

Actually I did consider using a router but I thought the thin sides of the guitar would not survive a high speed router bit. The little saw blade I used has a very fine teeth and the drill press speed is much slower as compared to the router. From my experience using this little saw blade I knew it had a non-aggressive cut and I felt safe using it for this application.

The professionals do it in various ways; most often I’ve seen the sides reduced to close to finished height using a draw knife or spoke shave and then brought down to the desired height with a plane. Then the top and back are profiled to conform to a radius using a concave sanding dish. Since I’m doing a “flat top” I didn’t need to sand the top & bottom to a radius.

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#4 posted 944 days ago

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#5 posted 944 days ago

It’s funny how we (at least I tend to) utilize new techniques on current projects, and then are wary about using the new techniques. I think it holds us back a lot.

I’m trying to get in the habit of taking the time to practice new techniques (e.g., using a router in this project) on scrap wood, learning the lessons, and then applying them to the finished piece. Otherwise we’ll always be hesitant about trying new methods, instead sticking with the tried and true ways.

Enjoying your series.

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