Monthly Archives: February 2016

Clara – Routing the pickups

The next scary part is to cut out the pickup holes.  There’s no going back from this, so make sure they are marked out in the absolutely correct location, then check the location, measure again, panic, and then think about … Continue reading

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Clara – Cutting out the binding channels

The time has come for some more delicate work – cutting the binding channels.  By hand.  Who had that bright idea?  Oh yes, me. First of all, I had to remember where I had put my gramil (basically a tool … Continue reading

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Clara – Carving and binding channels

After looking at the maple cap, and the split that appeared, I decided that it was not a write-off after all.  Yes there is a crack, but a very small amount of filler will make it all but invisible.  So … Continue reading

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Clara fights back

Whenever you work with wood, you have to expect it to fight you at some point along the journey.  In this case, the first time was when I was about to glue the cap on to the sapele body.  I’d … Continue reading

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Clara – Starting on the neck

Maybe I am a masochist, but I enjoy necks most.  This one is a simple two piece construction of sapele.  Glued up and very roughly cut, it looks like this. A bit more cutting… and (very) roughing out the headstock. … Continue reading

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