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    Gosh twang it

    I have had a hankering to try my hand at building an acoustic guitar for quite some time now, and came to the realization that I have to start somewhere. Granted this will not be as fine of a build as Alex Reids beautiful build or even close to it, however I'll give 'er the old 'never went to college try'.... Maybe we'll just call this a prototype run .

    First a little background...no plans are going to be harmed in this attempt. Shop scraps shall be the majority of materials used, though I have bought some veneer strips and a slice of walnut to hopefully detract from all the errors of my ways . My plan is nothing more than roughly a parlor size 6 string, 14 fret to the upper bout, flying by the seat of my pants, faith in the ol' eyeballs, possibly using any recollections from previous threads, blogs, videos I've laid eyes upon in the past, guitar build.

    So, like living with my wife, this too shall be an adventure of the hilarious, hair-raising, head against the wall, heart stomping good time.

    forward without further adieu...

    planed some cheap pine down to a hair under 1/8", glued & clamped them up...
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    cut some veneer to size, glued, taped and clamped...
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    Note: This is my first attempt at this type of work, so please keep the laughter to a low roar

    Was not happy with the small middle veneer strip, as the edges did not stay as tight to the pine as I would of liked on this piece which is for the back of the git box... So I improvised and dado-ed a couple of strips of walnut over the veneer joints...I can live with that for this build...
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    While the planer was out, I also did up a couple of 1/8" pieces of walnut for the sides. I used double-sided tape on a piece of pine to support each piece being fed thru... it was a piece of cake, though I did learn the hard way that 2 strips of tape are more than enough, separating the walnut from the backer board with 4 strips was as tough as explaining to the wife why a new tool now & then is required protocol
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    Next up was a template and the cutting of what will become the body forms...
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    A few more shots, in a few....
    Last edited by Ken Cook; 07-21-2014 at 03:02 AM.
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    I taped the templates together, and cut off the waste...
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    Then began adding spacer blocks along the outside between the two pieces, until the form was well supported along that side...
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    Then it was onto cutting a bunch of pine blocks for the front side, which will give support bracing to the face of the guitar sides when putting it all together... As you can see I need a new blade on my CMS, oh well, who doesn't like sanding fuzzies off of umpteen little pieces...
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    Here they all all installed on this side of the form...
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    I used a cabinet scraper not only to true the top & bottom templates, but also to make sure the support pieces stayed flush as I glued & brad-nailed them in place...
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    One side down, one to go...far as I got this weekend, what with all the honey-do's and what-nots
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    Oh yeah, my helpers quit the moment the AC was turned on...they're getting more & more like me every day
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    More as I get around to it....
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    This should be fun! You got quite a ways this weekend already!

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    A lot farther than I would have gotten. I'll be watching for sure.....you should be done by next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    A lot farther than I would have gotten. I'll be watching for sure.....you should be done by next week
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    Nobody's gonna laugh at you. Everybody's gotta start out somewhere.

    If you're first attempt doesn't pass muster, than make another one.

    Here is Billy Grammer from Grammer Guitar...(thought you might like enjoy this)

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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    A lot of big stars played Grammer's guitars...maybe you will hit gold with yours?

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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    Couple of nice videos/stories Scott, thanks! I'll settle for a tenth of that sound
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    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    If it takes more skill than getting my shoes tied....monster undertaking Ken!!
    This should be a great ride, what's next?
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