Course: September 2016
David Lai    Eliot New    Giles Patrick    John Stanfield    Antonio Vigil

Instrument details: Eliot New - Carved top electric guitar


All students start by producing their own working drawing

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Joining the African mahogany body

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Eliot has joined the flamed maple cap and is planing the underside flat ready for gluing to the body

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A scrub plane makes quick work of thicknessing the body

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Sawing the neck block to the correct angle to create a scarf joint

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Gluing the headstock

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Routing for the truss rod

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Carving the top starts with routing the perimeter to the correct height

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Routing the binding channel

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A rebate plane is used to fit the tenon join

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Clamping the tenon

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Planing the fingerboard camber rather than using sanding blocks gives complete freedom over the curve - especially when making a conical section, or compound radius.

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Having fitted block inlays and frets Eliot can get some strings on to try out his guitar before finishing

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Final sanding before finishing

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Applying the stain

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Eliot now gets a well earned play on his finished guitar

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Course: September 2016
David Lai    Eliot New    Giles Patrick    John Stanfield    Antonio Vigil

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