Veneer glued to headstock (final shape)

Shaping and laminating the headstock

Ok, time to get back to my guitar building progress. There’s lot’s of catching up to do! The next few blogs will be about my progress on the headstock. After shaping the neck and heel, I continued on the headstock. First I planed the edges to get the right headstock width and taper. I wanted…

Lost your hearing and balance? Try woodworking!

(Warning? this blog is about how woodworking has helped me through a personal experience) I woke up one morning nearly three months ago with my head spinning. No, I hadn’t drunk too much the night before, everything was just spinning violently around me for no apparent reason. Also, I couldn’t hear out of one ear but…

Glueing the bottom

I’m making a box

I’m making a box. It’s quite exciting as this is the first time I’m be applying the joint making skills I learned at Paul Sellers’ course in April. Since it’s my own design it took some time to think it all through. And of course I changed a couple of things along the way. I’m…

Classical guitar heel block and neck

Making the heel block and heel

The heel block and neck on a classical guitar are often one piece. The sides are fitted into slots sawn into the side of the neck/block. Steel stringed acoustic guitar necks are usually attached to a separate heel block (with a dovetail or mortise/tenon joint). I read somewhere that this came about when guitar makers…

Making the neck: the headstock joint

In the next few blogs I’ll be writing how I made the neck and headstock. I’ve been working on these for a while but haven’t written anything about them yet, so it’s time to catch up a bit. First, the headstock. Most headstocks are sawn off the neck blank at a 15 degree angle and glued…