Course: May 2007
Tom Abbe    Dave Austin    Kieran Binnie    Conor Glavin    Owen Williams

Instrument details: Dave Austin - Steel string acoustic guitar


Dave is using black Tahiti pearl for his soundhole decoration The pieces are cut out and shaped to make a ring around the soundhole.

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These are then fitted between ebony strips into the thicknessed spruce front.

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The back has also been joined and thicknessed and the Spanish cedar braces are glued on using go-bars.

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Once glued the back braces are shaped.

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In the Spanish, or slipper heel method of construction, the inner and outer heel are parts of the same piece. Slots are made in each side into which the sides (and wedges) are fitted. .

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Parchment is used to strengthen the join between the X-braces.

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The neck, front and sides have been assembled and Dave is making the final adjustments to the back prior to gluing.

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The bridge is shaped after the trial stringing and is also the final brace to be carved.

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Dave has chosen a traditional method to stain mahogany using potassium dichromate which reacts to the tannin in the wood, thereby darkening it.

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A wash coat of shellac is applied prior to spraying.

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Dave has made a scratchplate from ebony less than 1mm thick and has inlayed it with walnut and black tahiti pearl.

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Dave with his finished instrument, showing the figured walnut back.

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Course: May 2007
Tom Abbe    Dave Austin    Kieran Binnie    Conor Glavin    Owen Williams

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