Infection – making of a custom guitar, part 2.

06.02.20161

Part 2: Curly birch wood top

A bit shorter update this time, I’ll mostly talk about hard wood. *cough*

I hand select all top woods I use, birch comes with its bark still on.

I hand select all top woods I use, birch comes with its bark still on.

Here's a small sample of all pieces I have, figure and texture varies from piece to piece.

Here’s a small sample of all pieces I have, figure and texture varies from piece to piece.

Bark sawn off on one side...

Bark sawn off on one side…

... and also from the other side.

… and also from the other side. A few smaller pieces are sawn off also, these can be used to make peg head veneer for instance.

To get a proper mirror effect on top wood, it is split in half through the middle.

To get a proper mirror effect on top wood, it is split in half through the middle. A large flat head screwdriver keeps pieces from jamming up the saw blade.

Wood tends to bend a little when sawn in half, it's time to straighten it up!

Wood tends to bend a little when sawn in half, it’s time to straighten it up!

Top wood is planed, sanded and wetted to bring out the figure to estimate placement.

Top wood is planed, sanded and wetted to bring out the figure to estimate placement.

A routing template is placed in appropriate place...

A routing template is placed in appropriate place…

... and a poket is routed to fit top to neck-bodyblank.

… and a poket is routed to fit top to the body.

Another routing template is used to route a fitting for top...

Another routing template is used to route a fitting for top…

... and here it is done.

… and here it is done.

A chisel, several hand planes and a sander is used to even out the body...

A chisel, several hand planes and a sander is used to even out the body…

And the result is a quite straight surface.

And the result is a quite flat surface.

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Oooooohhhh…. Silky smoooth!

Top wood is test fitted...

Top wood is test fitted…

... and glue is applied generously.

… and glue is applied generously.

A torture rack... I mean a clamping jig is used to evenly compress glued surfaces together.

A torture rack… I mean a clamping jig is used to evenly compress glued surfaces together.

Pressure is ridiculously high, two F-clamps keep the pieces together and two regular dowels hold top wood in place.

Pressure is ridiculously high, two F-clamps keep the pieces together and two regular dowels hold top wood in place.

Next up, fretboard and inlays!