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Tuner Head Inlay

Well, I am in the process of my first attempt at a guitar, and I have decided to go with Walnut to build it out of. I am designing it somewhat similar to a Les Paul, but I am putting my little twists on it here and there.

As they say, when it rains it pours. I guess that applies here as well. Because I attempted my first inlay today. It isn't perfect and there are some spots that need a little filler but I think for my first attempt I did fairly well.

I first sawed off a couple pieces of maple and then a piece of ebony. Once I sanded those down and glued them together, I cut off thin strips which I then cut with a razor blade to fit my template. Once the glue dried, I sanded it down flush and this is what I came up with.



I have the truss rod on the way in the mail, and hopefully I will get it in soon along with the fret board. I am thinking of using some curly maple. I just need to find a really nice piece.
 

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Tuner Head Inlay

Well, I am in the process of my first attempt at a guitar, and I have decided to go with Walnut to build it out of. I am designing it somewhat similar to a Les Paul, but I am putting my little twists on it here and there.

As they say, when it rains it pours. I guess that applies here as well. Because I attempted my first inlay today. It isn't perfect and there are some spots that need a little filler but I think for my first attempt I did fairly well.

I first sawed off a couple pieces of maple and then a piece of ebony. Once I sanded those down and glued them together, I cut off thin strips which I then cut with a razor blade to fit my template. Once the glue dried, I sanded it down flush and this is what I came up with.



I have the truss rod on the way in the mail, and hopefully I will get it in soon along with the fret board. I am thinking of using some curly maple. I just need to find a really nice piece.
Looks good. Keep the post coming of your progress.
 

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Tuner Head Inlay

Well, I am in the process of my first attempt at a guitar, and I have decided to go with Walnut to build it out of. I am designing it somewhat similar to a Les Paul, but I am putting my little twists on it here and there.

As they say, when it rains it pours. I guess that applies here as well. Because I attempted my first inlay today. It isn't perfect and there are some spots that need a little filler but I think for my first attempt I did fairly well.

I first sawed off a couple pieces of maple and then a piece of ebony. Once I sanded those down and glued them together, I cut off thin strips which I then cut with a razor blade to fit my template. Once the glue dried, I sanded it down flush and this is what I came up with.



I have the truss rod on the way in the mail, and hopefully I will get it in soon along with the fret board. I am thinking of using some curly maple. I just need to find a really nice piece.
pretty darn good
 

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Tuner Head Inlay

Well, I am in the process of my first attempt at a guitar, and I have decided to go with Walnut to build it out of. I am designing it somewhat similar to a Les Paul, but I am putting my little twists on it here and there.

As they say, when it rains it pours. I guess that applies here as well. Because I attempted my first inlay today. It isn't perfect and there are some spots that need a little filler but I think for my first attempt I did fairly well.

I first sawed off a couple pieces of maple and then a piece of ebony. Once I sanded those down and glued them together, I cut off thin strips which I then cut with a razor blade to fit my template. Once the glue dried, I sanded it down flush and this is what I came up with.



I have the truss rod on the way in the mail, and hopefully I will get it in soon along with the fret board. I am thinking of using some curly maple. I just need to find a really nice piece.
Can't wait to see finished job. Good work.
 

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Tuner Head Inlay

Well, I am in the process of my first attempt at a guitar, and I have decided to go with Walnut to build it out of. I am designing it somewhat similar to a Les Paul, but I am putting my little twists on it here and there.

As they say, when it rains it pours. I guess that applies here as well. Because I attempted my first inlay today. It isn't perfect and there are some spots that need a little filler but I think for my first attempt I did fairly well.

I first sawed off a couple pieces of maple and then a piece of ebony. Once I sanded those down and glued them together, I cut off thin strips which I then cut with a razor blade to fit my template. Once the glue dried, I sanded it down flush and this is what I came up with.



I have the truss rod on the way in the mail, and hopefully I will get it in soon along with the fret board. I am thinking of using some curly maple. I just need to find a really nice piece.
it was pretty nerve racking to cut into perfectly good looking wood to do this, but I am pleased with the result.
 

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Tuner Head Inlay

Well, I am in the process of my first attempt at a guitar, and I have decided to go with Walnut to build it out of. I am designing it somewhat similar to a Les Paul, but I am putting my little twists on it here and there.

As they say, when it rains it pours. I guess that applies here as well. Because I attempted my first inlay today. It isn't perfect and there are some spots that need a little filler but I think for my first attempt I did fairly well.

I first sawed off a couple pieces of maple and then a piece of ebony. Once I sanded those down and glued them together, I cut off thin strips which I then cut with a razor blade to fit my template. Once the glue dried, I sanded it down flush and this is what I came up with.



I have the truss rod on the way in the mail, and hopefully I will get it in soon along with the fret board. I am thinking of using some curly maple. I just need to find a really nice piece.
I have been following your blog Autumn… I think my biggest problem with my inlays is the fact I am hand chopping them out with a chisel instead of using a router like you suggested in your blog.

I recently finished a pair of gun grips for a friend that I inlayed an ebony diamond over each screw hole… I plan on posting a project once he gets them mounted on his Kimber, and sends me the photos. Bloodwood is a difficult wood to hand chop LOL.
 

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Fretboard

I received an email stating that my truss rod was delayed in mail, so I cannot move as fast as I was expecting to on this portion. But it did give me a chance to go pickup a piece of maple for the fretboard and lay it out to give me the best look. The maple has a little curl to it, so hopefully once I get it polished out It will look real sharp with the contrasting walnut neck.



Also, i have cut out blocks that I will start gluing up to create a radius-ed sanding block for the fretboard, it will have a 12" radius. It is cut out of 6 MDF pieces and once I glue it and true it, I'll have a stable block to get the board just perfect.



And here is a shot of my helper :)

 

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Fretboard

I received an email stating that my truss rod was delayed in mail, so I cannot move as fast as I was expecting to on this portion. But it did give me a chance to go pickup a piece of maple for the fretboard and lay it out to give me the best look. The maple has a little curl to it, so hopefully once I get it polished out It will look real sharp with the contrasting walnut neck.



Also, i have cut out blocks that I will start gluing up to create a radius-ed sanding block for the fretboard, it will have a 12" radius. It is cut out of 6 MDF pieces and once I glue it and true it, I'll have a stable block to get the board just perfect.



And here is a shot of my helper :)

This is a really neat project, glad you are blogging it. Cute kid!
 

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Fretboard

I received an email stating that my truss rod was delayed in mail, so I cannot move as fast as I was expecting to on this portion. But it did give me a chance to go pickup a piece of maple for the fretboard and lay it out to give me the best look. The maple has a little curl to it, so hopefully once I get it polished out It will look real sharp with the contrasting walnut neck.



Also, i have cut out blocks that I will start gluing up to create a radius-ed sanding block for the fretboard, it will have a 12" radius. It is cut out of 6 MDF pieces and once I glue it and true it, I'll have a stable block to get the board just perfect.



And here is a shot of my helper :)

Good blog keep up the good work.
 
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