Strat Style Guitar #3: Shaping the Body

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Blog entry by DanMelander posted 08-11-2016 09:47 PM 1844 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The next step was to shape the hand rest. I started out marking some reference lines in pencil and using a rasp to remove most of the wood.

Next I made a 5” x 10” sanding block to work down the wood to the final shape.

Not looking too bad so far!

Now on to the back contour. I built a jig to use with the spindle sander.

On to the spindle sander to work the contour.

After 2 hours on the spindle sander, just about done. I used the spindle drum to hand sand the remaining contour after putting on some pencil marks. Worked it by hand until it was even.

Look’n good!

Did a test finish with some scrap alder. “P” is just poly, #1 is one coat of shellac to # 5 with five coats of shellac. Looks like 3-4 coats of shellac should work followed my many coats of poly.

Next step is final sanding and applying the finish.

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#1 posted 08-12-2016 01:51 PM

I would give that a big “thumbs up”. Nice progress!

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#2 posted 08-14-2016 07:33 PM

Nice! I like the measured approach you’re taking to shaping. I’d grab the angle grinder, put some 50 grit sandpaper on it, and wing the shape. Yours is a much more controlled approach.

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