Course: January 2013
Oska Burman    Tim Jones    Natalie LaValley    Pete Lewis    Tom Norton

Instrument details: Tim Jones - Steel string guitar


Tim is using Australian blackwood for his back and starts by preparing the join.

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Having surfaced the outside and cut to outline, the back is thicknessed with plane and scraper.

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Tim then fits the soundhole decoration...

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...before cutting the soundhole.

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Gluing on the back bars.

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The front braces are generally a little more complex.

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After gluing, the braces are shaped to give an ideal balance between strength and responsiveness.

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The sides are checked against the template during bending.

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Once assembled, the sides are planed to height.

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Preparing a channel for the end graft.

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Routing the saddle slot.

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The Australian blackwood back.

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Time to play...

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Tim's finished guitar.

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Course: January 2013
Oska Burman    Tim Jones    Natalie LaValley    Pete Lewis    Tom Norton

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