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Various Shop Updates #2: Guitar Hangar

09-17-2013 01:46 AM by Luke | 0 comments »

My wife bought this for me from [email protected] Holobox/Etsy. It’s made from Walnut and is a pretty neat way to do it. It’s very solid and looks great unlike a lot of other hangars out there. It was also super easy to install. I just thought I’d give him a shout out and show off his awesome product. It was something like $30 plus shipping and I think that’s a great deal. I was using a floor stand that was ugly and took up a lot of space in my home so this is a huge improvemen...

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Guitar 02 #2: Bracing, sides, and kerfing

11-21-2011 01:51 AM by joseff | 1 comment »

I have not been back here at LJ for a while. Had some problems with the internet connection for a time and somehow got used to having no connection even after we got it back.Anyway, I just finished attaching the braces and the sides to the top. With this guitar, I also decided to try and make my own kerfed lining. These linings usually cost $2.44 each, from a supplier, and a classical guitar will need four pieces, a total of $9.76, shipping not included. Making my own cost me $3.50, plus ...

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Building a Classical Guitar #6: The back and back braces

11-14-2008 05:13 PM by kem | 4 comments »

In this part of the series, we’ll look at making and installing the back braces, making the back, and prepping the sides for the big glue-up. In this guitar, I put in four back braces. These braces were made from 7×15 mm strips of Spanish cedar ripped on a bandsaw. The braces were given a rounded profile on the side facing up when you look through the sound hole. After cutting the braces to length, the ends of each brace on the rounded side were chiseled flat. This would ...

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Building a Classical Guitar #5: The top

11-12-2008 07:33 PM by kem | 8 comments »

The kit for this classical guitar came with a bookmatched pair of Engelmann spruce boards for the top. My pair has some beautiful silk in it that I hope will come out in the finish. After jointing the inner edges of the two boards and tapering the opposite edges. We used a wedge jig to glue up the top. The wedge applies the clamping pressure to the joint in the middle of the top. I then used hand planes to surface the outside of the top. The next step is installing the rosette t...

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Building a Classical Guitar #4: The sides

10-04-2008 06:17 AM by kem | 5 comments »

The first step for the sides is to thickness the bookmatched sides. In the kit, these sides are about 4 mm thick. They need to be brought down to about 1.8 mm thick. We first used something called a Safe-T planer which is a drill press attachment that can remove material very quickly. Just like a regular thickness planer it creates a big mess quickly. A drum sander was used to get down to final thickness. Next we jointed one edge of the sides. This edge will be the edge wher...

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Building a Classical Guitar #3: The heel

10-04-2008 05:19 AM by kem | 3 comments »

The next step in the construction of the neck blank is attaching a heel block. In this guitar, we are using a Spanish heel to attach the neck to the body of the guitar. The Spanish heel uses two slots separated by about 11 mm in the sides of the heel block. The guitar sides will then be inserted in these slots. You can see the slot in the next photo, but this will become clearer when we attach the sides. In roughing out the shape of the heel of the guitar, the first cut (done wi...

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Building a Classical Guitar #2: The neck and headstock

09-07-2008 03:25 AM by kem | 3 comments »

The first step in making the neck blank is to make a scarf joint. This creates the tilt back headstock. I laid out and cut a 15 degree cut on the neck stock with the bandsaw. After cleaning up both sides of the scarf joint with a jack plane, I glued the joint together. You can see the short piece from the cut is flipped over and glued to the back side of the neck stock to create the angled headstock. The long piece should overhang the shorter piece a little bit. I made a little ...

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Building a Classical Guitar #1: The Kit

09-07-2008 02:07 AM by kem | 5 comments »

I have started taking a classical guitar construction class at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, CO. I’ll be blogging about it here as my journal through the process. The kit that we are using is the KLC guitar kit from Luthiers Mercantile International . The kit has all the wood and hardware for building a classical guitar. It also comes with a DVD – “Build a Classical Guitar with Robert O’Brien”. Robbie is the teacher of our class. He teaches several...

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