Three boxes done. My first three steel strings. Guitar numbers 3,4 & 5. This is probably all I’ll get done this week. Next step is trimming backs and tops flush. Then sanding the sides down nice and even. Once that … Continue reading →
All my binding, purfling and rosette materials are cut. I’ll probably need to build a scraping fixture to get some of them to perfect dimension.
Here is the rosewood binding.
Starting to work on the tops. The adirondack top (from the stash of Martin wood) was fairly even in thickness, so that one is gluing up first. I’ll need to even out the lutz spruce tops before I join those.
I think I have my binding scheme worked out. Thinking about the rosettes, which will be pretty simple compared to the last ones I did, these are my top choices.
For the flamed maple guitars: BWB/maple/rosewood/maple/BWB
For the cherry guitar: BWB/cherry/rosewood/cherry/BWB
The other option I looked at was the same pattern, but swapping out maple/cherry on the outside with rosewood, and doing maple/cherry in the center. I think that may be a bit too dark, especially on the flamed maple. Could be an option on the cherry one though.
Well got my three backs down to thickness, or pretty close. I may work the cherry one a bit more. Just resting on the sides for a bit of inspiration.
Either its my poor scraping job, or I may see a bit of figure in that cherry back. Hard to see in photos but spots shine in certain light, just a bit.
What to do next? I have some neck blanks glued up and can work on those. Just got some veneer in and I can glue up purfling and bindings. Probably take the spruce out of the freezer tomorrow and cook it again, before anything can be done with the tops.
Still a ton to do. Its different building this way, you get to see a lot of big parts go together right up front, but all the little detail is still ahead.
Still french polishing. Getting close to letting the first guitar cure for a week.
In the mean time I went to a local sawmill this morning. Oh boy. Mostly looking for neck and binding material. I picked up some cherry, hard maple, and flamed maple from local trees. And a board of ginkgo just for kicks.
They also had quite an array of exotics. Got some Spanish cedar and a big board of bloodwood.
Really nice local mill prices. The exotics were just over half the total cost. Now I need to figure out what to use it for.
I could do serious damage here on the cheap if I felt like digging through stacks. Maybe later.
My purchases from today’s excursion. Cherry and walnut back and side sets. The sycamore was gorgeous, but wasn’t quite ready yet. I’ll be going back for that later. This guy had buildings full of wood from local downed or removed … Continue reading →
This weeks bounty… part 2, the rest of the haul. This is the rest of the Martin Guitar wood, plus whatever else was there. Lots of rosewood. May be some guitar size, but a lot of it is smaller. There … Continue reading →
All of a sudden I seem to have a wood storage issue. My new shop area is just being set up.
Last week I regretted not buying some old Martin Guitar wood that I stumbled upon at a workshop clean out. A couple emails over the week and today I got everything except a couple neatly stacked bundles of rosewood which went to a Ukelele maker. I’ll find out who got that shortly.
I just semi split it up. If its all decent, and I think most is, there is enough adirondack spruce for 15-17 full guitar tops. Probably enough mahogany for 5 to 10 backs, maybe some sides. Plenty of rosewood, maybe some guitar size. I’d be set if I wanted to try to make ukeleles or mandolins. Plus a ton of small pieces of rosewood, a bunch of cherry, a bit of curly koa and some random oak.
I think this was a score. I paid a few bucks each for the spruce and mahogany and rounded up to take everything else. Probably helped that the shelf was a complete mess and it was hard to tell what was there. Total cost for all of it would equal about 4 to 5 mid grade book matched spruce tops at current retail prices.
How do things like this fall in my lap? Sometimes I just think about something and it happens. Like the anvil I was given after I thought about trying out blacksmithing for a few months.
All the wood is sitting in the shop acclimating, I was going sticker and weight the guitar size stuff in a built in cabinet. No Idea where I’m going to put the rest, but I have some thoughts. Some of it is warped from poor storage, but I think may be able to be flattened. Any suggestions welcome.