Course: January 2007
Phil Bates    Jeremy Bunting    Owen Davies    Lloyd Jackson    Sam Pelgrift

Instrument details: Owen Davies - Steel string guitar


Owen starts by joining the rosewood back and is checking for any light between the two halves.

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When prepared the back is glued in a jig where the two halves are held in alignment and clamped together using wedges.

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The front and back have been joined, cut to shape and thicknessed. The spruce braces are then prepared and glued in place using go bars.

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Shaping the braces. A small violin makers thumb plane is very useful for awkward areas.

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The bottom of the cocobolo bridge must be shaped to match the curve on the front. A plane gives the best gluing surface.

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The heel is shaped prior to fitting the neck to the body.

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Owen is planing the fingerboard to size on a shooting board.

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If a career in guitar making loses it's appeal, veterinary surgery is always an option.

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Like Jeremy, Owen is using tru-oil, a wiped on finish.

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The back of Owen's guitar.

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A view of the join shows the angled heel design.

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Owen relaxes with his finished guitar...

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Course: January 2007
Phil Bates    Jeremy Bunting    Owen Davies    Lloyd Jackson    Sam Pelgrift

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