Flat Top Guitar

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 04-24-2015 03:45 PM 1891 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s taken me awhile to get back in luthier mode after making all my flat top jigs, fixtures and an exploratory table.

The table inspiration came out of an archtop blank offcut. First came a small shelf that I’ve been looking at for about 6 mos., then came the tables while I was still thinking like a furniture maker.

I resaw at an angle for economy

Happy go lucky Butcherbird just minding his own business.

sez the Magpie …. ” Get off my Archtop ! “

” I’m the baddest around here !”

” .... and don’t come back ! “

I first tried to join a flat side to a bevelled side and got into a lot of strife. This one ended up mitered.

Queensland Walnut binding and end flash on the body, Silky Oak binding on the head and finger board. I got to use my new binding jig, I’m pretty chuffed!

Compensated saddle. I have the Kinead and Alex Willis books, both authors bring a router to a jig. This router table set up for a blind groove is much easier. The wedge is double stick taped to the bridge, the wedge is the jig.

Or you can buy one from stewmac for $161.

400mm furniture pads from split pool noodles.

Just for fun. There might be a butcher block design in this somewhere.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 04:22 PM

Such a feast in this post. The tables are particularly wonderful. Pardon my ignorance, what are the furniture pads used for?

But man, the light you had available to you is amazing; glad the magpie played along.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 10:36 PM

Thanks for commenting Tony,

The sun is lower now and we get good shadows again. It’s cooler now and I drink less beer.

The pads are just for the protection of sanded / polished surfaces. Good to hear you like the tables. I’d like one in oak but these are already in use.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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