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SoundbOilrd and neck Bendmq Jig Curved silrldin9 stick Gluing back and soundboard l hin scrap timber .'.A_) S ide bend inrJ J i9 pl21T1Ssu ppned in "The l.IIQC' clamps & QIJick grip damps "G' Sm.j_ S TIMBER & TOO'LS GUIDE Hand Tools Hammer \.(apx qly 3) Nliter Uauge Dial calipers Jigs & Supports: (that you can make on your own) Cutting support block l)mvel sticks (Long and S hOI t·) Internal Support liq Clamping Clul.I·/ood Files FreTnles Spoke shave Japanese l land Sa'N Piar1eS_various sizes Block planes Clamps _ I_.IVirecutters Chisels FI.UPPOl'ts Rosette cutti rl~J iitl Neck supp()rl Vice jig _Ailt board MDF (chipboilfd) I)ine timber lengths .]! !lIe \. . _ Rulers & Levels Straight Fdgp I-ret rniuking ruler Set Square Standard f~uler Small Level THE LUTHIERS ACOUSTlC GUITAR MAKJNG HANDBOOK .urh iers H(I nd book" by Thorn (IS I loyd (juitars.111 Pinch Clamps (apx qty 40) Bridge Clamps .THOMAS r. n IT A LLOYD .Jig for back STrip (larrah strip) Bridge Jiq 11" radius SZliIcJing block _ Frf:'tboard l)ovetail Ji~Jand 1)lans _ Supplier _ Slel·vart IviacDonald (US.

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9a Pages 10. 19 Page 20 Preparing and Gluing the x Brace Tapering the Soundboard Bracing Pages 21.22 Page 23 Page 24 Pages 25.\ I I Chapters. Sa Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Pages 9. Preparing and Gluing the Back Preparing and Bending the Sides Page 1 Page 2 Preparing Tail and Neck Blocks Gluing Tail and Neck Blocks Creating the Back Arch Preparing Backbracing Page 3 Pages 4. 4a Pages 5. 1Sa Page 16 Page 16a Gluing the Neck Splice Gluing On Headstock Veneer Drilling Machine Head Holes Preparing the Soundboard Marking Out Soundboard and Rosette Channels Bracing Page 17 Pages 18. 1 I. 26 Marking and Gluing the Bridge Plate Marking Out the Neck Shape Heel Block Placement and Gluing Routing Out Truss Rod Channel Gluing the Soundboard Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Gluing the Bindings . 12 Page 13 Cutting Out the Back Making and Gluing Kerfed Lining Fitting Backstrip Fitting the Back Side Strips Splicing the Neck Page 14 Pages IS.

47a HOW TO MAKE JIGS Back Sanding Stick Bridge Slotting Jig and Bridge Design Bracing Mould-Back Bracing Mould-Soundboard Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Pages 52.37 Page 38 Page 39 Pages 40. 36. 52a Side Bending Jig .Chapters Marking and Cutting Out Fretboard Shape Page 30 Page 3 J Fretboard Radius Inlay Fret Dots Setting up the Dovetailing Shaping Heel Block Fitting the Neck Cutting Out Headstock Headstock Shape Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Pages 35. 41 Page 42 Page 43.43a Page 44 Design Template Fretboard Shaping and Positioning Shaping the Neck Fretting Making the Bridge Gluing the Bridge Page 45 Page 46 Page 46a Final Sand Oiling the Guitar Guitar Set Up Pages 47.

up to 35m Easy to medium workability -BACKS AND SIDES FIDDLEBACK BLACKWOOD 5. up to 45m Easy to work HUON PINE Unavailable Meduim tree.70 Medium sized tree. Type of Wood 2.90 Medium to tall tree. up to 70m Easy to work 4. Hardness .70 Tall tree. Workability QUEENSLAND WALNUT Unavailable Tall tree. Tree Height 4. up to 15m Relatively easy to work -NECKSQUEENSLAND MAPLE TIGER MYRTLE 5. up to 35m Easy to work BLACKHEART SASSAFRAS 4. up to 40m Easy to work QUEENSLAND RED CEDAR MYRTLE 5.90 Very tall tree.Australian Timbers That Can Be Used In Guitar Making. up to 30m Soft.Dry 3. up to 70m Easy to work 2.30 Tall tree. The information on this page is formatted as follows: Line Line Line Line 1. up to 40m Very easy to work FIDDLEBACK BLACKWOOD JARRAH 8.70 Tall tree.00 Tall tree.50 Tall tree. between 25m and 30m Easy to work . between 25m and 30m Easy to work . up to 35m Easy to work KING WILLIAM PINE 2.90 Medium to tall tree. between 30 and 40m Easy to work QUEENSLAND MAPLE 4. up to 40m Easy to medium workability 5.90 Very tall tree.30 Tall tree. easy to work SHE OAK Unavailable Medium sized tree.SOUNDBOARDS BUNYAPINE 2.

Tree Height 4. up to 40m Easy to medium workability WANDO 0 15.. up to 25m Requires effort to work . between 25m and 30m Easy to work JARRAH 8.. Hardness . Workability Neck cont .90 Medium to tall tree. up to 15m Relatively easy to work .50 Tall tree.FRETBOARDS / BRIDGES GIDGEE 19. up to 10m Requires effort to work MULGA 13. Type of Wood 2. up to 10m Requires effort to work FIDDLEBACK BLACKWOOD 5... .• ALPINE ASH 4. up to 100m Relatively easy to work SHEOAK Unavailable Medium sized tree.90 Very tall tree.0 Small to medium tree.Dry 3.Australian Timbers That Can Be Used In Guitar Making cont. The information on this page is formatted as follows: Line Line Line Line 1.0 Small tree.0 Small tree.

use the Metric dimensions.Please Note: The dimensions in this handbook are given in both Metric and Imperial units. . 3 [1 ] 16 Metric Imperial The dimensions in this handbook are given in Metric and then converted to Imperial. there may be slight variations in dimensions. Therefore. See below for an example. For accuracy.

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Glue placed on each edge of blackwood piece. Block Figure 1 End Block Table i----Distance: Finn Force needed to push pieces downwards._. This is done to obtain side clamping force. Table '-___.Two pieces to be glued together. then tap the nails in completely. length 560 x 20 x 36mm or [ 22 x~ xli] used to clamp along the seam when joining the two pieces.. f----Clamping Force Block of wood.. . Step 1: Block of wood to be removed Edges are touching First nail one side into the table and rest the two pieces of Blackwood on the Block in the middle so that their edges are touching. Step 4: See below notes Waxpaper is placed in between the clamping Block and the ------.::~-Oncehe Block is removed.:::::. f------- Waxpaper is placed in between the blackwood and table to prevent them being glued together. -I 36 [1 -1 6] t- 7 Step 2: When you are satisfied with the distance 1 Block I r 20 [13] 16 1------'I 1 Length: 560mm or 2216 Table Step 3: See notes . Page 1 .. t press the two pieces down to obtain a tight fit.-------i End Block Note: If it's too hard to push down and pieces buckle. blackwood to prevent them being glued together. move the End Blocks on one side the width of a pencil mark. Glue used is called Titebond.----------.Preparing And Gluing The Back. __ ~Waxpaper is placed in between the blackwood and the Block. Seam. Place glue on the edges that are going to be touching.__--------'-------. Then nail in the other End Blocks. between the End Blocks... This should help.

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Gluing On Headstock Veneer Huon Pine 1mm thick Head Note: Apply clamping force tightly and evenly so that there are no air pockets. which can cause de-lamination. After glue has dried. sand away and trim away any excess. Page 16 .

Step 1: Drill Machine Head Hole. Clamp the HeadlNeck to the Block of Wood in order to prevent Blackwood veneer from splitting when drilling the Machine Head Holes. See above diagram for details.Drilling Machine Head Holes L____ Block of Wood. Page 16a i . Make sure that the Head is LEVEL for each hole drilled.

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dry and shape. dry and shape.. and upper transverse graft. Notch (tight fit 1 X-Brace (rightj ~ Profile 1 Taper to zero 3 [~j--l j After Shaping l rL~ G 63.. Step 1: Secure the Soundboard onto the Soundboard mould. 4. Now clamp the rest of your soundboard bracing on in this order: Lower face brace Lower face brace Upper face brace.__ 1 1 3 19[4] X-Brace (left)j Curve after sanding 3 [~~ I Profile Before Shaping 19 [~ ] Notch (tight fit) 1/2 Height of Brace 1130[58]._L_ X-Brace Tapering: 1 130[58]. you can taper the X-Braces... 2 and fmger braces. Once the glue has dried. dry and shape. glue and clamp the X-Braces onto the Soundboard and apply glue to the notches that you created on each brace. 2. .3 Finger Brace Profile Before Shaping Taper to Zero-> t 11/2 Length _j and then Taper j Profile After Shaping The process of Tapering and Shaping the braces is only completed after each brace has been glued and allowed to dry.J..... Notch depth 1/2 Height of Brace . Soundhole braces 1. I 7 Profile Before Shaping Profile After Shaping • I Figure No. ----=.. aligning the centerline and outline.. dry and shape.. Next..Tapering The Soundboard Bracing cont .5 [2112] Upper Face Brace I 63. 3.5 [21/2] [1] 8 ~__l 3 r [1]1 8 zero Curve after sanding • Profile NO Shaping Lower Face Brace (Tone ann) [5~]1 Tapert0 L~ L2 rt4J [_2 ~] -j 70 [2~~J 1130 ============. Page 22 Step 2: 1.

Roughly mark out where it will sit and cut to size.[1/8] bigger in width than the Bridge. 2 [5/64] thick.Marking And Gluing The Bridge Plate Bridge Patch Wood: Fiddleback Blackwood. Get a piece of Blackwood timber. It is very important to make sure that the Bridge Plate is glued down finnly on all edges. approximately the size of the Bridge Plate that you are going to make. Slowly sand the edges. in order to get a tight. BRIDGE PLATE Step 1: . snug fit. Step 2: Step 3: Page 23 . It is very important that there is no movement of the Bridge plate against your soundboard bracing and that it is atleast 2-3mm [5/64] .

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