Roasted Maple Carve Finished

Check this out. Used the microplane to hog the wood then the medium and extra fine Iwasaki rasps to fine tune the contour. Lastly I used the black and decker mouse detail sander using 80 grit. Took only seconds to get it smooth. Advertisements

Rounding and Truing

Had a scare today. I fed my roasted maple guitar into the router table at too acute of an angle and the top horn just burst. After looking at the damage I just sawed off as little as possible to rebuild the horn. It’s smaller but still looks great! Better yet I now have two…

Carving the Burl Body pt. 2

Started this today after gluing up the walnut flat top body. I’m gonna sandwich a piece of poplar as a contrasting piece in between the walnut and sapele. I still need to joint the body so I figured I’d just glue the poplar to the body and then joint it together. This time I’ll try…

Top Glued and Templates Bandsawed

Spend some time at the Downtown Artist Space in LA. Burris was super helpful and helped me get started at the bandsaw. For my first time using it I think I did really well. I managed to cut out the head plate shapes, head scarfs, body and tops. I also got the templates cut and…

Ready for Cutting and Routing

After my haircut I managed to make it to Reta’s Cabinets owned by Rudy Reta. Super nice guy who’s been helping me shave hours off my sanding time with the huge sanding machine you see in the picture. The two giant rolls sand from 80 to 120 so the final product is pretty awesome looking….

Carving the Horn

So I finally started carving the burl maple top. I’ve been so enamored by the roasted maple I’ve neglected this build. The walnut top is also joined so now it’s time to take all these glue ups to a giant drum sander and make them flat and nice. After that it’s off to the workshop…

Carving Lines & Prepping the Roasted Maple Build

So I took some time and roughed in the areas to carve on the burl maple. Then I turned my attention to the body blank for the roasted maple syrup build. This guitar is gonna look regal. It’s going to have a nice dark Indian rosewood fretboard on a tiger rosewood neck. My goal, as…

Top Carved and Sanded to 120

Smoothed out the lip and sanded to 120 grit. It’s gonna be sanded further to 220 then oiled; But that’s after the neck pocket and control cavity’s routed and bridge drilled. The missing ear is now glued onto the headstock and I found the knob I’m gonna use. Things are coming together!

Sides Sanded and Rounded

I really should use my black and decker mouse sander more. It’s fantastic for smoothing irregularities on the sides when you don’t have an oscillating spindle. So I sanded the sides so I can pass the round over bit on the remaining edges of the back. The heel area itself will be carved to make…

Chewbacca’s Neck & Body Contours

Intriguing title right? I figured since this guitar was literally all different shades of brown, Chewbacca would be a fitting name; not to mention it’s gonna sound like a beast. So I took some more pictures of the neck and fretboard. Gonna have to plane down a piece for the right ear of the headstock….

F*ck Yeah Walnut!

Sweet Jesus this walnut is gorgeous. It shines and it hasn’t even been sanded past 80 grit!!! The neck is tiger rosewood. Splinters when routed but looks fantastic. Reminds me of Macassar ebony almost. It’s very dense and inexpensive. I’m going to have to upgrade to a better router sometime soon. Also I really need…