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…

Truing and Gluing pt. 2

Walnut top trued and glued. I also sketched out the carve areas in order to visualize them better. I’m determined to move away from the whole chamfered armrest thing. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that it’s associated with blackmachine too much and is way overused. These carves aren’t original, but they…

So Far So Good! Onward!

Gotta trim the sides and make the neck all pretty. Then the neck pocket and threaded screws. OH and I just bought a 10 in drill press. Be excited!

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!

Top Carved pt. 2

Ok so I got a carving kit and went at this by hand to make this contour top, an archtop. It took me all of the chronicles of riddick to get this done. I still need to smooth out the base transition and finish sand the body. So far I’m working cleaner than I have…

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….

Teak Oil on Figured Walnut

So I found my bottle of watco teak oil and I decided to apply the initial soak coat of oil. I usually just let the oil pool on top for a bit so it can saturate the wood as much as possible. Then I’ll wipe it off and do the same tomorrow while sanding with…

Back in Action!

Ok so full speed ahead. Working on three guitar bodies and a wall guitar. Got some nice tiger rosewood from Austin hardwoods, dead straight, super nice figure and quartered. I’d made some templates for the fretboard and neck and decided to give them a try. The first attempt was frustrating. I’d made the mistake of…