I look at life a bit differently, and like to post my weird thoughts. I like musicial instrument repair and woodworking. For trying to live a somewhat normal life, a lot of weird things happen to me. Instead of putting up with it, I post about it in this blog.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I Am A Terrible Luthier, But I'm Working On It
For quite a while now I have been building a guitar I've called "Project 5." Here's the original post describing the ideas I had behind it.
Here's a picture of the guitar that I based my design on.
But I wanted it to have that jangle and style of the Gretsch White Penguin.
Here is what I have come up with so far.
Not bad, but I have made a number of mistakes. I have fixed most of them, but I have two serious ones.
The first big mistake I made was drilling a hole out the back of the body. You can see the hole in the picture above. So I decided to plug the hole. I would like to thank my Dad for woodturning a piece of black walnut so that I could fill the hole. Here's the piece he did.
With a bit of Titebond 2 glue, and some time, I will be able to fix my screw up. After the glue dries I will sand down the plug, and cover it with lacquer.
The next mistake was as serious as it gets. I screwed up royally. I screwed up so bad that I put this guitar away for over a year and a half. Simply put, I made the neck too thin. Then, when I was shaving it into shape, I cut through, so that the truss rod was showing out the back of the neck.
So, after spending some time away from the project, I had a friend on the net show how to put a patch over a broken neck. His was way worse, so I figured I could save this guitar since it was not as bad. This is what I came up with.
It may not be pretty, but it will work. I tested the movement on the neck, and it seems to be holding. I have sanded it even, and applied tung oil to fill the grain. Once I get the hole on the back sanded even, I will start applying polyurethane to both the filled hole and the neck.