I love to hike, and from time to time I collect branches from fallen trees to make walking sticks. I don’t do it a lot, but I’ve collected enough over the past 3 years that I have plenty in my workshop. I see a lot of fallen trees, and...
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At some point along the way, I decided the stock neck was not sufficient. I’m pretty sure it was made of Alder, and surprisingly soft for the neck of a steel-string guitar. I was going to install a different style tuner, and messed up the st...
Once the top surface was carved and scraped to final shape, I flipped it over and using my drill press and a homemade depth gauge, drilled many holes in the bottom to an even depth. Then I repeated the process with the gouge, spokeshave, finger pl...
I used my drill press to drill many holes based on the rough contour of the guitar, as suggested in Benedetto’s book “Making an Archtop Guitar”. I then began slicing away the waste wood with a Flexcut gouge. It was very slow, but...
It wasn’t long before the top began to crack again. The photos don’t show it very well, but the old beater had been subjected to both water and extreme temperatures. I decided to dig deeper, so I stripped the guitar completely again, r...