Today I cut out the face from mahogany. I am trying some inlay. So many possibilities!
Second body bent and kerfing added. I cut the seam at bottom and added a little keystone detail. I am making the top from a piece of quarter sawn , figured poplar for the first instrument and am making the second top out of mahogany. I am currently teaching woodturning for the winter at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship so I am able to make these guitars from the material people are throwing out. That is allowing lots of experimentation without worrying about the cost. When I get the process down I will spring for some really great stock. I have made a little box that fits over mold so I can glue top on by using bent sticks to apply pressure. We call these “Go sticks”.
Everything is going great! I have bent two bodies for guitar so far. I am trying different types of kerfing to see the benefits. Kerfing holds the thin sides stiff and provides a surface to glue top to. I have also glued blocks in both ends, one for joining to neck and one for strap button.
Now I am really having some fun. Tom Buchner gave me a proper electric steam bender, and with a little practice I am getting great results. I have made a mold that holds the side pieces after I form them and I have bent 2 sets and let them dry in form. Here is what it looks like!
Happy New Year!
The Strum Factory has been distracted for the last couple of months. I have been traveling and Laura has been renovating her shop space. I have purchased a new house in Saint Petersburg Florida, which will be our new Strumfactory.com headquarters. From now until April 1, I will be teaching at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. I have started a new guitar, and thought I would take you through the process.
Step 1 is always “the idea”. I have started playing the tenor guitar and thought I would focus my attention on creating the perfect one for me. This is process that might take the making a bunch of instruments. While at the Martin guitar factory I really liked the old-time small guitars and I loved the style with F holes. Here is my idea…