Well I finally broke down and started the guitar build. I took a baby step. I got the body blank glued up. The board was 2” thick and the guitar will end up being 1 3/4” thick, so I spent quite a bit of time planning it down in the power planer.
Here is one side of the the body. It is going to be a 2 piece Mahogany Body. It is great looking wood. I am still not sure if I am going to paint it or do some kind of tint on it. I guess I will see once I get the body cut out and sanded. It has good enough grain that I think it will look good but it might just get painted. Who knows. Some of you might be wondering what the half triangle is. It’s a carry over from building furniture it helps me orient the piece, which in this doesn’t really matter as it’s a two piece glue up and I had pretty much oriented the grain like I wanted it anyway. It’s just habit.
Here is the first pass through the planer. On the side what you can’t see are some markings that show me what direction I wanted the faces to be and what ends I jointed.
Here is the blank all glued up. I will let it dry over the next 24 hours. Once the blank is dry I will hand plane it down to the final thickness. I left it slightly thicker than it needed to be so that I could hand plane it down even as my planer is only a 12” and this blank is 16" wide. Hopefully I did a good job and the seam will not be overly obvious.
I’m glad I finally took the step and started the build. I have a long way to go and a lot to do. Once I have the blank cut out I will start on the neck blank and get that going. I have lots of parts to order over the next little while. I figure it will probably a couple of months to build this. I want to take my time and do this as best I can.
I hope you will follow along as I build my first guitar.Have a Great Day!