I was able to take some more time in the shop tonight and get the body cut from the blank.
I did have to spend some time with the hand plane bringing the blank flat. I am super happy with the joint. You can’t really tell where the joint is unless you look REALLY close. I really love my hand planes. It is a great work out. I got everything nice and flat and to the thickness I wanted. I was really worried about the weight when I picked up the blank but as I cut chunks off of it thing began to really lighten up. I think once I take a chunk out for the electronics on the back that will help even more. I’m debating some comfort contours. I’ll have to think about it some more.
Here is the the blank all glued up with the cut out of the guitar from the plans. If I had not mentioned before this guitar design is from Chris over at http://www.eguitarplans.com he has some great plans. I have two of them and will be purchasing several more. He has at least 3 or 4 other guitars that I want to build.
Here is the blank after some progress on the band saw. I took off big chunks around the outside of the guitar body. This made it a little easier to cut in the curves.
Here the blank is at the final rough cut. There are lines that I will sand to on the plan. To do this I am using the spindle sander that my brother got for me. I love that thing. I can’t wait to build more guitars and I haven’t even finished this one.
Here is the body sanded to shape and size. I am extremely happy with the way it is turning out so far. I think it is going to look awesome. I am thinking that it is going to get painted. There are just a few small blemishes that I don’t really want to show through, so now I need to figure out what color I want. Anyone have any ideas?Have a Great Day!