Course: May 2012
Oliver Chew    Calum Gailey    Chris Garland    Garry Kingett    Fried van Doorslaer

Instrument details: Calum Gailey - Fan fretted acoustic guitar


Having joined and thicknessed his front, Calum is routing his oval soundhole and rosette channel.

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Cocobolo can be very difficult to plane conventionally, a scraper often being more effective.

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The front and back are thicknessed to a nominal figure. The final thickness is dependent upon the specific qualities of the individual piece of wood.

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The neck piece is blocked up to create the heel.

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Calum is bending the sides around a hot iron.

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With the front, neck and sides assembled, Calum decides on the final position for the side port.

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With the back glued on, the binding channels can be routed out.

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The fingerboard is levelled and shaped using a plane and sanding block.

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The frets are hammered into place. Over the front care must be taken and the frets may need to be clamped rather than hamered.

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The back and sides are lightly oiled after sanding.

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The bear claw sitka top has been lacquered for protection and sanded to a satin finish.

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Calum's cocobolo back.

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Calum with his finished guitar.

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Course: May 2012
Oliver Chew    Calum Gailey    Chris Garland    Garry Kingett    Fried van Doorslaer

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