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To some this just looks like a pile of wood... to us this is a new born guitar in raw form. Now that I think I have all the pieces I need, can't wait to start this build. I'll try and post pics along the way. 🙂


   
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Looking forward to seeing it @bpower. 👍🤔 

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Awesome, is this a kit you get from guitarmaking or from somewhere else?
At some point in time, I also want to build an acoustic guitar. Looking forward for your next posts!


   
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@koendb No. it is not a kit. I wrote out a check list of all the parts I needed and went and chose all the individual parts. To be honest, I don't think I saved a penny by me doing all the work instead of getting a kit that was already together, especially when you have kits like the ones on the guitar making site where some of the hard jobs are already done, however, I like the challenge of the tricky jobs and I am intrigued with the different woods to use for the back and sides. My first guitar the back and sides were made from padauk. Fantastic to work with but extremely messy. Not sure I want to use that one ever again. :)... this one I picked a black walnut. Looked cool in the picture. Looking forward to seeing how it comes out. 


   
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The neck is roughed out. Now on to the body. 🙂

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@bpower tidy work 🙂

…on an elaborate journey to turn trees into music.


   
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Nice work @bpower keep it coming!


   
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Great Start @bpower. 👍😁 

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@bpower 

kits are great but it’s satisfying to do basics the hard way too

Some people call me a tool, others are less complimentary. Tools being useful things.


   
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Kits are great as a confidence builder. It also allows you to start building without having all the needed tools or skills.
No argument with regards to quality of any kit is relevant, because, even if your cheap chinese kit is routed badly, neck is bad, etc.. These are all good opportunities to learn, fix and adapt.

To be honest, I don't think I saved a penny by me doing all the work instead of getting a kit that was already together,

If you want to save money on a guitar, don't build it, buy it 🙂

Buying such a kit from this website, just makes sure you have all the correct material to start with. If you are building your first guitar and have to source the material yourself, its a lot harder, some wood supplies deliver raw slabs, others already have planed pieces, etc..


   
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It is really cool to get curled shavings from a cabinet scraper.... and the wood looks really nice... but do I think I could convince my wife a thickness sander is a good idea? Hhmmmmm..... 🙂

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but do I think I could convince my wife a thickness sander is a good idea

@bpower simply run a poll on here and show her the result of democracy. Surely she’d respect the result and support the idea 🤔 I say surely… maybe.

 

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if only I thought that would work. Maybe I'll think about building one. Well... on a good note, I get to work off some of that covid weight. 🙂


   
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How do you make a Canadian hobby guitar builder happy you ask? He goes home for lunch and gets a package from the bailey workshop delivered. 🙂

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 Now for some fun. 🙂

Ps... whoever tapes these things up does a really good job. 🙂


   
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@bpower legendary quantities of tape, adds to the anticipation 🙂

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Looks like you’ve bought some great products there BPower!
I took delivery of some soundboards from NW Canada only last week and I really hope you’re not in one of the stupidly hot regions, doesn’t look like fun!!

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I'm on the east coast of canada @darrenking. Still decent temperatures here. I was raining and chilly the last few days. I do not envy the west coast of canada right now with the heat and the fires. It's just not a good situation. East coast is better anyway. 🙂


   
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Decided to get the back ready before the front. I have it at the point where it can wait for the front and sides to be done. Left the braces thick. Ill carve them right before I am ready to put it together.  It is starting to resemble a guitar. 🙂

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All looking Great @bpower. 👍😁 

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Storing the back - TIP!

After gluing the braces on to the back you should not carve them until you are ready for assembly - If you are leaving it for some time there is a danger of it changing shape...depending on the stabilty of your working environment.

Put some spring clips on the brace ends to clamp it to the workboard (or use a piece of flat scrap) - this will help preserve the curve of the back and prevent it from straightening out.

back in storage

Measure twice, cut once...


   
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