Course: May 2014
Geoff Brewer    Ferran Casas    Andy Littlejohn    Wal Rothwell    Jim Rowley

Instrument details: Jim Rowley - Steel string acoustic guitar


Jim cuts out his redwood front.

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A strengthening strip is glued along the back join and planed to thickness.

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Gluing in the soundhole decoration.

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Jim uses a knife to carve the heel.

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The join in the x-braces must be capped for strength with wood, cloth or, as here, parchment.

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Jim bends his walnut sides on a bending iron.

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Gluing the fingerboard.

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Ramps are carved into the headstock to give the strings a clear path to the machine heads.

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The strings go on for the first time. The set-up, bridge shaping and final sanding to go before the finishing.

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The final sanding and grain raising prior to finishing.

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And final tests can be done.

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A fine job done by all!

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With the lacquering finished the reassembly begins.

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Course: May 2014
Geoff Brewer    Ferran Casas    Andy Littlejohn    Wal Rothwell    Jim Rowley

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