so i have built 16 guitars in 9 months. Now i sit here in a room surrounded by these things i made, wondering if at any minute they will all start to come undone ..did i glue right?, did i put screws in the right place ?  ..... :D

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Comment by Paul Craig on November 17, 2017 at 4:12am

I made an acoustic style CBG out of Red Cedar. The wood is very soft and gave me some problems that required a bunch of bracing. It does sound good though.

Comment by StorminSteve on November 16, 2017 at 6:35pm

i like the do it all myself aspect, ive even considered taking down one of my cedar trees to mill up my own stock for building........ way down the road, lol

Comment by StorminSteve on November 16, 2017 at 6:31pm

I have seriously considered using cb Gitty fret boards, im sure they are good quality. But i dont want to start taking away the fun of doing it myself (accept fretting, i hate fretting blah) i have been hand carving my own bridges and nuts from aluminum bars, and even have carved my own bone nuts from leg bones i get at super market, i dont like the tone i get from the bones compared to the aluminum, better sustain, it seems. 

Comment by Paul Craig on November 16, 2017 at 6:02pm

I wish I could find Mahogany at my local Lowe's or HD. C.B.Gitty is now selling fretboards and necks. Also Stewmac has neck body blanks of Mahogany, Primovera, Alder, Ash and notty Pine.(a bit pricey for the body blanks and routed bodies ) They also have neck blanks of Maple and Mahogany, fretboards of all sizes that already have fret slots in them and wood for acoustic gits, Mandolins, Banjos and Dulcimers. Some of it is high dollar and some decently priced.

Comment by StorminSteve on November 16, 2017 at 5:35pm

Yea , i guess our HD, menards has those things, i actually have been using mahogany from there. But i dont buy  the 1x2, they are way too twisted in store, i buy wider planks, and a rip them to size. Last week in HD, even the plywood was twisted junk, you could literally look down the isle from the end and see the whole row of twisted junk. Id like to try n use an exotic on fret boards some time, but they are not affordable at the moment at Woodsmiths, (zebra, rosewood ect) 

Comment by Paul Craig on November 16, 2017 at 5:07pm

I can relate to the tool places and can't leave thing. I've been going to Lowe's and Home depot locally for the wood I need. They have Red Oak(great fro neck and fretboards), Pine, Poplar, Aspen, Fir and Cedar along with various types of Plywood for good prices.

Good deal making your own router table, I got mine(all steel) at Goodwill for 5 bucks(lucky find).  Hand Drills, Table saws, Angle Grinders and Bandsaws/Scroll Saws are great for many types of jobs and a Dremel Multitool can be used for a lot of delicate jobs, I use mine a lot. If you get any of those, read up on the safety procedures - especially the angle grinder because they can get away from your control quickly and hurt you. 

Hand saws for cutting fret slots, utility knifes and Xacto knifes. I bought a set of Xacto knives that included a small hand saw that is perfect for cutting fret slots, some nut slots and other various small jobs.

If you have a local Harbor Freight store or Tractor Supply, they may have some similar tools for cheap. 

Comment by StorminSteve on November 16, 2017 at 4:53pm

Jeff-  i have a couple of "first try" ones, i have wanted to steel parts from, and cant with out breaking, lol.. i think they will all hold.

Comment by StorminSteve on November 16, 2017 at 4:47pm

Paul- lol, as i was reading your story on the rdius sanding i was thinking the same thing, lol. My nearest best tool supply place outside of HD, and Menards is "The Woodsmith shop" i am not aloud to go there because i cant leave. That is also the only place where you can find exotic wood, which here in Iowa is any thing beyond pine, and in my case, untouchable $$. I have many standard store brand guitars i have been looking at the radiuses on, I have always been a rhythm player, as such the ones with the heavier radius are easier to chord, and the ones that are flatter feel more meant for lead. On three strings guitars, i am starting to try more leads, but i do not ever really feel there is a need for any radius on those. I have been making my own tools stuff since i started this in Feb this year, the more i do it, the more "engineering friendly" i become. Made my own Router table out of an antique dresser, complete with wheels, still has the drawers, and a top with hinges that opens up for changing tools out. very addicted to all this now, i just found a jointer really cheap.. very excited, changes some of the game for me.  

Comment by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on November 16, 2017 at 2:19pm
Let's hope they stay together .I had the same thought I've made 15 and no problems with PVA glue .
Comment by Paul Craig on November 16, 2017 at 1:48pm

Luthier tool supply places can be a Godsend or a curse if you suffer from "Tool Acquisition Syndrome". The tools are great, but most often expensive and if you have "TAS", you'll go broke in no time. Some tools can be made at home, some tools can be substituted with similar cheaper ones, but sometimes the right tool should be used. Experience is the only way to determine which of those works best for you.

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