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Buffed Bods

 With enough lacquer applied and enough time for it all to dry sufficiently (at least 3 weeks), it's time to finally buff out the finishes on the guitar bodies.

One small problem I had - no buffer.  It can be done by hand, sanding using finer and finer grits until you reach a point where you can use a polishing wheel, like perhaps a lambs' wool bonnet or foam pad for my DA.  The process is fairly labor intensive, but certainly doable.  I had another idea...

Applying a Logo and a Finish

Another entry in the guitar build has arrived...

 Applying nitrocellulose lacquer is a test of patience.  It's a slow process to do right - but in it's defense, it's got to be just about the easiest spray finish to learn with. 

Nitrocellulose lacquer for the most part has been replaced with more modern finishes including enamels, polyurethanes, water-based finishes, and of course - acrylic lacquers. 

Installing Plastic Binding


 I'm getting close to the end of these posts on building a guitar...  After this entry, my focus  will shift to finishing.  Last time I shaped the bodies of the other two guitars, and in this I will add binding to the corners of the third.

Binding is a strip of either wood or plastic added to the very corner of a guitar.  Often (usually on acoustic guitars, less so on electric) these strips also have "purfling" - which is a decorative strip or inlay on either side of the binding strip - I won't be adding any purfling here, just a simple binding strip to both front and back edges making this guitar what is known as "double-bound".

Body Shaping

The guitar build continues... Now that I've got all the mistakes fixed (at least to this point!), I can do the final shaping of the two bodies (the third has binding, and won't require any shaping).

 The first part is pretty straight forward - using a router to round over the edges.  The only real thing to watch for is how close you get to the neck pocket on the top - I stopped about 1/4" to 1/2" short of the neck pocket, and finished that part by hand. 


Marv's Three Legged Saw Bench


UPDATE:  See bottom of article.

Marv Werner is a  fellow hand saw enthusiast I often have email conversations with.  Marv lovingly restores old saws to nearly like-new condition, and also has quite a talent for wheat-carving.  I've talked about him before in my blog here.

Recently, Marv sent pictures of a saw bench he'd made.  While Chris Schwarz has an excellent plan for a great saw bench already available on the web here, but I thought Marv's bench should also be out there for a couple of reasons...  First, you can build it very quickly using just 2x6's and deck screws.  Second, because it will work well on an uneven floor - I have often had this problem with benches and saw horses - in my garage, for example, there is a crack in the floor that changes the level of the floor up to a full 1/4" in some places... 


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