Friday, December 24, 2004


Beginning of a cocobolo parlor guitar

So, as is typical for me, I'm starting the next guitar before I finish the last one. Actually, the humidity is especially low these days in my house, so I need wait to apply a finish to it, so that's my excuse. I'll think of a new one when it warms up and I'm not running the heat constantly.

So the next one is going to be a parlor guitar based on Martin's 0-size. I haven't worked out all the details, but I'm planning on cocobolo back and sides, and probably a redwood top. I bought this set of cocobolo at Allied Lutherie when I was in California taking the guitar making class at Harry Fleishman's shop. It's beautiful, but only big enough for a parlor guitar, so I got a good price. I'm leaning towards doing ebony binding, though that step is a long way off.

Here's the back set:

This afternoon I joined the bookmatched halves together. I used original Titebond, and Stewmac masking tape to clamp the two halves together. If you're a new builder, go ahead and order a case of the Stewmac tape, this stuff is great and there's a million uses for it. Note the waxed paper so I don't glue the thing to the workbench.

So that's what I'm working on this Christmas Eve. Next step will be thicknessing and bending the sides. I don't have an abrasive thickness planer, so I'll be using a Saf-T-planer in my drill press, and I got a new drill press table from Rockler, so I'll post some pics of that when I get that all set up. I need to wait till the humidity gets under control in my house before I start bracing the top and back.

I'm sorry I've been lax about getting the rest of the pics up from the guitar making class, they will eventually get posted.

be careful with that cocobolo. i hear that breathing the sawdust could be very dangerous. thanks for the updates. send me notes on the DVD i sent man...

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