Course: January 2006
Joel Banman    Kate Bomphrey    Tiger Coleman    Josep Helgason    John Skelton    Nick Tilley

Instrument details: Kate Bomphrey - Arch top guitar


Kate is using sash cramps to glue the front.

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A bow saw may be used as a traditional alternative to the bandsaw for cutting out the front shape if desired.

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The underside must be planed flat prior to carving.

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Kate is routing a shelf around the perimeter to give the edge thickness.

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The rest of the surface is planed and carved to prepared templates to give the basic shape.

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When the outside has been carved, the front and back are thicknessed from the inside using the same gouges, thumb planes and scrapers.

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A fret saw is used to cut out the f-holes in the front.

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Finally the braces are fitted - a complex procedure in which the spruce bars are shaped to exactly follow the contour of the inside of the front..

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Bending the sides.

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A shellac wash coat is applied to give warmth to the finish and to improve the adhesion of the lacquer.

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A close-up of the cutaway.

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Kate puts her finished guitar through it's paces.

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Course: January 2006
Joel Banman    Kate Bomphrey    Tiger Coleman    Josep Helgason    John Skelton    Nick Tilley

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