Course: January 2012
Adam Brown    Martin Burke    Robert Johnson    Will Kearney    Sam McClaren

Instrument details: Martin Burke - Classical Guitar


Martin has joined the rosewood back and cut it to shape. It is then planed to thickness, uing dial calipers to check the progress.

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A small router plane, or 'witch's tooth', is used to remove the channel for the soundhole decoration.

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Martin has cut each piece of the decoration to fit and glues them into place.

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The final top thickness is decided by a mixture of flexing and tapping.

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The smaller fan braces have been fitted and shaped before the two main transverse bars are fitted.

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Martin has made and shaped the bridge and glues it to the front.

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The side bending is started at the waist. A bending strap can be used to support the side aswell as to help with heat transfer.

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After the main assembly, the sides are planed to height ready for the linings and back.

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Once the back is glued channels are routed for the corner decoration.

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Sanding prior to finishing.

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The oil finish is then applied with a cloth.

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Martin with his finished guitar.

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Course: January 2012
Adam Brown    Martin Burke    Robert Johnson    Will Kearney    Sam McClaren

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