Halloween Horror Story – Rogers Build Saga

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’d have read about my struggles with completing my friend Rogers guitar. First I screwed up on the finish and let the build sit for three years because I was so mad, then after painstakingly removing the finish with a scalpel I then proceeded to punch straight through…

On Oil Finishing | Seven Years of Mistakes and Some Pontification

So it’s been seven years since I’ve started building guitars and all I can remember since I started was how to nail the ‘perfect’ oil and wax finish. I used to pour over articles written by many well-known online woodworking magazines and sites and found that every woodworker had his/her own style and after modifying…

“The Valiant” Serial Build #009

Finally finished. My “Treat Yo Self” present for matching into my 1st choice fellowship for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She’s got some fine detail and wiring work to be 100% perfect but she already sounds beautiful. McNelly’s Saint Nick HSP90’S sound incredible and can handle the cleanest of cleans and the dirtiest of dirty. It’s…

Odie’s oil on Imbuya and Limba

The more I use this product , the more I love it. It builds very well and much faster than any other oil besides tru oil which darkens the wood too much. The key is to take your time and to sand only when the oil is completely dry. You’ll know because it becomes chalky…

Imbuya’s Headstock (Nearly) Complete

This imbuya build is mainly a testing ground for a lot of the things I’ve never tried before that I’d like to incorporate into Roger’s build –without using his build to be my guinea pig. Binding the headstock was a lot harder than I’d expected based on how smoothly the body binding went. Took damn…

My Finishing Tips and Tricks using Odie’s Oil & Wax Products

I love a good oil finish and have used many different brands over the past few years. Each product has their own use and application and has pro’s and cons. Im writing this on Odies Oil and Wax. The application process of this oil is very easy and great results can be obtained with very…

Gluing the Maple Top & Oil Finish Testing

So I glued the top in halves. One in the morning and the other at night, I cut the shapes out using a coping saw. Maple is surprisingly tough… Anyways I brought out the Tru oil gun stock finish and Japan drier and applied two coats to a freshly sanded offcut from the quilted maple…