Christmas is long over so it’s time for an update on the guitar building.
After drilling the holes for the tuning machines, I created the slots for the strings. I did this by marking out the centre line of each slot and used a drill press to remove most of the waste. I then used a chisel to clean out the inside walls of the slots. It’s amazing how much lighter the headstock is after this step – that’s a lot of wood gone!
I’m pleased with the result, although the drill did cause some tear-out on the back face of the headstock. I’ll clean that up later by planing it out with my block plane.
I wanted to do add some design features to the headstock, and decided on an olive wood binding/inlay. The first step involved chiseling out a groove along the headstock edge. I used a home-made marking tool (the edge of a screw set into a curved piece of wood) to score a line parallel to the edge of the headstock. I used a knife to cut into the line and chiseled away the waste.
Then began the time consuming process of cutting the olive wood inlay pieces. The piece that took the longest was the one for the curved crown of the headstock (top right in the picture below) since the curves had to match exactly:
I glued the inlay piece by piece, stretching masking tape over each piece as a clamp. After the glue dried I used a scraper to get the inlay flush with the headstock:
I used a proper clamp with a wooden caul for the curved piece though:
After I finished, I slid in the tuning machines to see what it would look like. Here’s the end result!