Course: May 2008
Phil Bates    Owen Davies    Paul Mckee    Hordur Tomasson

Instrument details: Hordur Tomasson - Steel string guitar


Hordur has joined and surfaced the front and back and is here scraping the back.

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The soundhole decoration is a simple ring of ebony and boxwood.

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The soundhole is then cut out.

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The bracing layout is designed on paper and the joins between them prepared.

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The design details including the neck angle and way the neck is to be blocked up is carefully drawn out.

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The neck is then blocked up and the headstock angle planed.

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Here Hordur is rough shaping the heel.

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The sides are bent to shape and checked against a template.

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The front, sides and neck are glued together.

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The back is glued using go bars.

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Hordur is also making a bolt-on elctric and is here fitting the neck join.

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The chestnut body is routed for pickups and controls.

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Gluing on the fingerboard.

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After the frets are stoned they are recrowned prior to polishing.

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The wood soundhole decoration is sealed with shellac before the front is stained.

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Hordur has applied the sunburst and is scraping the colour off the plastic binding and the sealed soundhole decoration before the clear lacquer is applied.

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Course: May 2008
Phil Bates    Owen Davies    Paul Mckee    Hordur Tomasson

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