Keepsake box: finished!

With the hinges installed, all there was left to do was apply the finish, right? Wrong! Now it was time to clean up the box. There were bits of glue and pencil marks that needed cleaning up. I especially hate getting rid of pencil marks. Even though I use a soft lead (2B) pencil, it…

Keepsake box: the hinges

A whole blog post about hinges? Boring! Perhaps so, but I learned a lot about hinges making this box. I had never really given hinges much thought before. I knew they should be strong enough, do the right job and look decent, but didn’t think much beyond that. I did want to get the the correct…

Olive wood inlay pieces for the headstock

The headstock continued

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…

Christmas stars made from off-cuts

Hand made christmas presents

To celebrate the end of the season (today being the Twelfth day of Christmas), here’s an overview of the christmas presents I made this year. The first thing I made was this oloid for my mother. It’s a fun object to make: it has no straight surfaces and numerous different curves. Yet, there’s a very methodological…

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…