Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Construction and repair of Classical Guitar and related instruments
mikey445
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by mikey445 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:21 pm

My kids are older now and I can see your daughter one day recognizing and being very appreciative of the work you’re putting into this. Great job.

Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:39 pm

mikey445 wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:21 pm
My kids are older now and I can see your daughter one day recognizing and being very appreciative of the work you’re putting into this. Great job.
Thank you.

Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:38 am

Preparing the sides for bending has taken much longer than I thought it would but I have finally finished. I have logged over 10 hours on just scraping. In the future I will get more scrapers so I don't have to sharpen as often and I will experiment with scraper thickness to find out what works best. I'm also very interested in making a scraper holder to save my hands. A thickness sander is sounding more and more appealing. Side bending time!

[media]https://youtu.be/e9fq0dQ8y6s[/media]
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vesa
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by vesa » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:27 pm

Hi Anthony!
Looks good.
Don't worry about the time, it is not the issue, the point is to do the job as well as possible.
It took me 296 hours to build my first and afterwords I'm very happy I did not take any short cuts but took the the time that was needed.
When scraping hardwoods my thumbs (the joints) have started to hurt so much that I allowed me the luxury of buying Veritas scraper plane to finish the sides and the back after planing with toothed blade but a scraper holder will do the job too.
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Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:11 pm

vesa wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:27 pm
Hi Anthony!
Looks good.
Don't worry about the time, it is not the issue, the point is to do the job as well as possible.
It took me 296 hours to build my first and afterwords I'm very happy I did not take any short cuts but took the the time that was needed.
When scraping hardwoods my thumbs (the joints) have started to hurt so much that I allowed me the luxury of buying Veritas scraper plane to finish the sides and the back after planing with toothed blade but a scraper holder will do the job too.

I do need reminding that it’s fine if I take my time. Thanks for that. I’ll look into that scraper plane. I also need to get a toothed blade for my planes. Do you buy them or make them?

Also, I’ve left the sides in there original lmi dimensions. Should I get them closer to needed width and length before bending? This is something I might have considered doing before thicknessing to save time and energy.

vesa
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by vesa » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:54 am

I leave 1 cm extra width and mark the slope to the sides,
make the endblock part to the measure
and leave quite a lot extra in the heel ends
as it makes sawing them skew before fitting to the slots easier.
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Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:51 am

vesa wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:54 am
I leave 1 cm extra width and mark the slope to the sides,
make the endblock part to the measure
and leave quite a lot extra in the heel ends
as it makes sawing them skew before fitting to the slots easier.
Thanks for that. I decided to play it safe and bend without trimming the sides. Just finished the first one. I really enjoyed the process. The smell was great and it was very satisfying.
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:09 am

Short time-lapse of the bending.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:40 am

I’ve started assembling things together.
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:45 pm





Things have been progressing nicely. The sides came out better than I expected. Glueing the individual tenellones was time consuming but not hard and somewhat relaxing. I’m exited to get the back on now.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:16 pm

I’ve been hearing more and more about the importance of getting the neck angle correct. Is it naive of me to trust the Cumpiano book and my plans to guide me correctly?

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:48 am



I closed the box last weekend. Before that I had fun building my own cam clamps. Now on to binding.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by vesa » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:52 pm

Hi Anthony.
Thanks for sharing. I like to watch your work in progress.
Sorry that I can't help you with Cumpiano(don´t have that book).
But you can check the neck angle now as the box is rigid
or after the fretboard is glued on, depends on if you think it is easier to taper the fretboard(if needed) before or after gluing it on.

Vesa
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Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:17 pm

vesa wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:52 pm
Hi Anthony.
Thanks for sharing. I like to watch your work in progress.
Sorry that I can't help you with Cumpiano(don´t have that book).
But you can check the neck angle now as the box is rigid
or after the fretboard is glued on, depends on if you think it is easier to taper the fretboard(if needed) before or after gluing it on.

Vesa
Thanks Vesa. Now that I’m here I have a better understanding of neck angle and the options I have. Like most steps so far, I won’t really know what’s going on until I’ve finished the step.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Mon May 14, 2018 9:51 pm

Its been a a while since I've posted. April was a busy month and not much progress was made. Here is most of the steps I went though to put on binding. I was lucky to have some help routing out the channels with a local luthiers palm router. Some day I'll try to do it the old fashioned way.Soon I should be done editing the footage of the fretboard I just completed. 266 hours so far!

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