Archive - January 2010

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Side Bending – Boiling
2
Side Bending – The Hot Iron
3
Bridge Plate Installation
4
Gluing Tips
5
Wood Dent Removal
6
Back Reinforcement Strip
7
Bracing the Backplate
8
Guitar Back Selection
9
Installing Back Purfling Decoration Strips
10
Installing Guitar Top Rosettes

Side Bending – Boiling

Bending wood sides by placing them in boiling hot water is a method that has been used for many years. When my father and I began guitar building this is the method that we utilized exclusively. If you want to get into guitar building at a minimal cost, this is certainly one way that you can do[…]

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Side Bending – The Hot Iron

A hot iron used for bending wood sides is the most traditional and claimed by some luthiers as the best method to bend sides. The wood is heat up and when water is added, it turns to steam and the wood becomes much more pliable. Everyone who builds instruments should build at least one instrument using[…]

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Bridge Plate Installation

The bridge plate is a plate or a thin layer of wood, often a bit thicker than the top plate of the instrument in the case of acoustic guitars, but with classical guitars and ukuleles, it is often thinner than the top. This plate offers additional structural support directly beneath the bridge and give the[…]

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Gluing Tips

Believe it or not there are some definite tricks to gluing parts of the guitar correctly. If you get too much glue on the wood guitar parts, it will at a minimum, give you a messy cleanup chore and possibly a poorly glued or structurally insufficient joint. Glue is intended to act as only a very[…]

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Wood Dent Removal

It WILL happen. You have treated the instrument with care for many hours of building time, just when it is least expected a dent is discovered in a $160.00 prize Adirondack top that you have had aging in your shop for 2 years. “How could this happen, when I was so careful”, you ask yourself. Well believe me, it[…]

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Back Reinforcement Strip

There are several schools of thought about in what order you glue the back braces and the back reinforcement strip. All of them work quite well and each luthier has their own preferences that they use to build their backs. Tools & Materials: Fine Toothed Dovetail Saw X Acto Saw Go Board Tool 2-Part Instrument[…]

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Bracing the Backplate

Bracing the back plate is much like bracing the soundboard, there are several differences that should be highlighted in this blog. Firs,t the back braces are almost always arched and when the GoBoard gluing jig is used, an arch mold conforming to the back arch should be used as an insert into the GoBoard Jig.[…]

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Guitar Back Selection

Backs/Side toned sets offer the luthier even more option than do the top tonewood selections. The reason for this is not only are instruments are built from domestic hardwoods, even more often they are built from exotic hardwoods. Since it is hard for the beginning luthier to understand everything there is to know about wood species[…]

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Installing Back Purfling Decoration Strips

Classical Guitar Purfling: The classical guitar center purfling strip is usually very conventional, it consists of a 3-part wood detail. The center portion of the wood most often matches the wood purfling around the guitar edges and that wood usually matches the back/side wood material. The inner strips of wood are of contracting wood color, usually a[…]

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Installing Guitar Top Rosettes

Tools and Supplies: Dremel Moto Tool 4000: Dremel Router Base Rosette Forms Titebond III Glue Duco Cement Portable Block Sander Plastic Tipped Hammer: Plastic or Wood Purfling Plastic Push Pins Acoustic Guitar Rosette Assembly: For an acoustic guitar first assemble the rosette rings. Utilize the rosette ring design directly off the guitar plans as a[…]

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