Archive - 2010

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Installing Guitar Top Rosettes
2
Back Plate Preparation
3
Shop Humidity
4
Thickness Sanding Back Plates
5
Luthier Handtools
6
Tonewood Grading
7
Shop Safety
8
Resawing Tonewood
9
Top Tonewood Selection

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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Back Plate Preparation

Tools and Supplies: 24″ Aluminum Level Adhesive Sandpaper 220 Grit Guitar Plate Jointing Jig Titebond Glue 2-Part Epoxy Glue Dremel Moto Tool 4000: Portable Block Sander Upon arrival the back/side sets to your shop, they should have a chance to acclimate to your shop atmosphere for several days or several weeks – longer is better. So[…]

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Shop Humidity

  We really cannot have a discussion about making acoustic instruments without talking about the careful control of humidity in the luthier shop. Wood has the ability to take on moisture and shed moisture due to the environment that in which it currently exists. If the shop has a humidity that is too high, which would usually[…]

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Thickness Sanding Back Plates

One of the harder operations in the luthier trade is sanding the top plate and back/side sets to a consistent thickness. This is most easily completed with thickness planer and or a thickness sander, and if this is the equipment used in your shop, you need not read this article. If you do not posses a thickness planer[…]

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Luthier Handtools

One of the first things that comes to mind from first time instrument building is, what are the minimum tools that are required to make a good stringed instrument, and what experience is required? The purchase of proper tools is one of the most important decisions that can be made. Buying poorly made tools can not only be[…]

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Tonewood Grading

As you will find out there are a lot of terms connected with wood, especially tonewood, such as grading, tone, tap tone, color, grain pattern and run-out, just to name a few. Top tonewood and back tonewood are graded for different characteristics that are inherent in a certain species of wood. For instance: How To[…]

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Shop Safety

If you are building your first stringed instrument, you should have a basic knowledge of woodworking tools, their function, capacity and a knowledge of how to use them. If you don’t, I would suggest getting your hands on a good woodworking book and do some in-depth studying on the subject. Another option is to take[…]

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Resawing Tonewood

If you decide to get serious about lutherie as a hobby or as a profession, at some point in time you will want to explore merits of resawing wood. Now I’m not talking about logging here, but the purchase of lumber from qualified sources and sawing up the rough lumber yourself, using your shop equipment (i.e.[…]

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Top Tonewood Selection

Different wood species definitely influence the tone and volume of a guitar, whether that be an acoustic guitar or a classical guitar. For the purposes of selection of a tonewood for a guitar top plate, we will focus our attention on softwoods or conifer species of trees in this article.

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