Tuesday, March 20, 2018

L-0 Guitars

Moving on to working on the necks for a bit, don't feel like doing a bunch of sanding on the boddies right now. Matching necks to bodies.

Matching Necks to Bodies

Oak, walnut & koa

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Progress on L-0 Style Guitars

Things are going good with these three.. Same body shapes different backs and sides and different bracing patters but all Sitka tops.

One of the goals of this build set is to refine and update a few procedures to work better with the space and equipment I have.. One thing that is very useful in building that I don't really have room to leave set up is a go-bar deck. So trying out using a vacuum bag and radius-ed work board to glue on top and back braces.

L-0 "H" bracing in a vacuum bag

Start of a double "X" brave in the bag

Bending sides

Completed double "X" glued to it's sides

Closing boxes

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In the Pipe

I'm working on applying the finish to the Cello guitar and Tenor ukulele. Always a bit of a slow process and while that is going on I am starting on the next projects. in this case 3 guitars, based on the Gibson L-0 6 string.

All 3 will have Sitka tops but that is about where the similarity stops.. The closest to a classic L-0 will have my view of the Gibson H bracing with a White Oak back and sides and Spanish Cedar neck. The next will have a pretty standard Martin influenced X brace with Walnut back and sides and a Mahogany neck and the last will have a double X brace with Koa back and sides and a Mahogany neck.

It will be interesting to see how they all sound.. The double X brace design will I think become what I use going forward.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Working on the Arm Bevel

The trickiest part of the arm bevel is getting it shaped and smoothed down right to the purfling lines on the top and side. Then of course the veneer needs to be glued on tight..

Shaping the bevel

Veneer on and done

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cutting the Pocket for the Neck Extension

Since then Cello Guitar will have a removable neck the fingerboard extension is not glued to the body so an extension of the neck is needed and that requires a pocket in the body.

Cut with a router and guide bushing using a template.

Template and pocket

With the extension inserted

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Head Plates and Inlay

Working on the head plates for the Cello Guitar and Tenor Ukulele. Wenge for the Ukulele and Indian Rosewood for the guitar.. Both with a Abalone "K"...

Head Plates and Inlay

Inlay inserted

Bound head plates with inlay

Monday, January 22, 2018


I'm updating some of my methods to get more consistent results. That includes how I make fretboards. I've made a new jig to taper then and now use a set of specially designed router bits to radius the fretboards.

The tapering method is not my invention but is shown several places on the internet including:

Taper jig, the movable fence is set a specific distance from the edge
and a spacer used to create the taper

Close up of the spacer, narrow end first then the wide end

Radius router bit, this one is a 16"

Full set up for routing, need a bit better dust collection

Fretboard attached to the carrier

The result, quite smooth right off the router