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 Neck Carved & Odies Oil Tips

This turned out well. I figured the best way to shave down the thickness of the neck was to mark the desired depth and rasp chamfers till that line was reached. Typically I’d just route freehand till that depth was met but I tried something using an auto planer which was unsuccessful so had to…

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…

First Series of Glaze Coats

I’ve been knocking down each coat with 000 synthetic wool. Typically I’d use 0000 regular steel wool but that just leaves a horrid mess of things. I keep a can of compressed air nearby which makes life easier. I wanted to try a new mix ratio for tru oil in the preval disposable spray ….

Enlarging Pup Cavities & Moar Coats

Joel suggested I route out a hair more using my template. I did that and carefully chiseled the sides a bit to fit the stupid fat dimarzios. Now it looks nice. I added another coat of oil on both after work. For some reason the burl maple kept drinking the oil up again. Anyways after…

Finishing Continues

I’m trying a more deliberate approach this time with tru oil. Instead of going for a glossy top (which would look spectacular on the roasted maple). I wanted a bit more subdued, hand rubbed look, but with a glass smooth feeling. So I’ve sanded with oil up to 600 grit so far. I use enough…

Roasted Maple + Tru- oil

I think I’ve found a match here. Teak oil darkened the roasted maple top to the point where the figure was barely noticeable. Tru oil darkens a bit but makes the golden highlights pop!

Carving the Burl Body pt. 1

This stuff is tough. I found that the snap in microplabe blades aren’t as sharp as the others. I could have just had bad luck but the hacksaw rasp blade is just a beast. Removes so much stock so neatly it only takes a few seconds with some 80 grit to make it super smooth….

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…

First Soak Coat

Oh man. Dis walnut…. This guitar just drinks the oil up.

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….