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One More Guitar #14: Sanding and Applying the Finish

12-10-2020 10:46 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

Yup, part 14… geesh when will it end? One more episode after this though, fretting, setting up and playing the thing. Anyway, this entry shows the very involved sanding and wood preparation process and making of the oil based finish for the thing. Lots of ways to do this. Some a lot better. This is just one of the possibilities. The video below shows this process. “

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One More Guitar #13: making and attaching the bridge to the soundboard

11-17-2020 06:08 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 2 comments »

The bridge is formed and the peg holes and saddle slot are made. Then it is properly aligned and glued to the soundboard.

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One More Guitar #12: Aligning and attaching the neck and fretboard

11-14-2020 10:52 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 2 comments »

A critical element to good playability is the proper alignment of the neck. The video shows that alignment and the attachment of the neck and fretboard. I also begin making the bridge..

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One More Guitar #11: Adding the binding and purfling

11-12-2020 10:34 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 0 comments »

After the sound board and back are in place, binding is added to the edges to finish them. Also purfling (the stripes) are added at the same time. In this video the edges are routed with a palm router and the bindings are heat formed and glued in place..

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One More Guitar #9: Gluing on the soundboard and prepping the back.

11-01-2020 03:34 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

The braced soundboard is mounted onto the guitar sides in this video. The back is also prepped with braces, getting ready to enclose the sound chamber. The video is here or click the following window.

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One More Guitar #8: Shaping the Neck

10-28-2020 02:43 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 2 comments »

Here I finally take the neck I glued up in an earlier episode and shape it with drawknife, rasp and sanding. This is part 8 of the making of a guitar after a 44 year hiatus from from having made them long ago in my youth. It is as I learned it in Camden, Maine from Luthier Nikos Apallonio in the mid 70’s. The process uses only ordinary shop tools and simple homemade jigs. The video:

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One More Guitar #7: Bracing the soundboard

10-25-2020 09:42 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 3 comments »

All pieces of the X bracing for the soundboard are made and glued in place. Then, the braces are preliminarily carved down to rough shape.This is one more guitar after a 41 year hiatus from making them. The last one made when I was 24 years old. It uses materials purchased at that time and tools and jigs of that era. See the video here

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One More Guitar #6: Bending the sides

10-22-2020 07:56 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 2 comments »

The past couple of days I managed to bend the sides and fit them to the mold. The end blocks were made and the kerf put in the top side. I’m making ‘one more guitar’ after a 40 year hiatus. Last one I made was in the late 70’s. A pandemic project! A short video shows the process. This is part 6..

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One More Guitar #5: The rosette: made and inlaid in the guitar top

10-16-2020 10:27 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

The past couple of days I fashioned a sound hole rosette and inlayed it into the top. A short Video of it here, or click the picture

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One More Guitar #4: Prepping the top, back, and rosette

10-11-2020 11:21 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 3 comments »

The past couple of days I prepared the top, and back and began making the soundhole rosette. Making a guitar is sort of like building a machine. But in this case you don’t buy the parts and assemble them. You make the parts first, then when all the pieces are made you can assemble them. I’m at the point where a number of parts are in the process of being made together on a rotating basis. You can see the short video here or click the graphic below.

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