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A GUITAR UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The following charts list the steps that I will complete during the construction of a guitar that was commissioned on Jan 31/20.

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Latest Update Period: Sep 06 to Sep 09.   Completed French Polish. Completed Assembly.

Design Features

Fully domed sloped Top with elevated fret board

Spanish heel neck to body construction

Daniel Friederich Style Bracing

Extended fret board with 20th treble fret

12 hole tie block bridge

Fully Compensated Nut and Saddle

Materials

Sound board

Back and Sides

Neck

Fret board

Bridge

Linings

Tail block

Bindings

Purflings

Frets

Rosette

Nut and Saddle

Tuners

 

Western Red Cedar

East Indian Rosewood

Meranti Mahogany

Black African Ebony

East Indian Rosewood

Ash

Ash

Flamed Maple

Maple, Black, Maple Veneer

Nickel Silver

Custom Celtic Weave

Bleached bone

Gotoh Classic Premium

 

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NECK Date Photos
Cut the neck shaft flat to the proper width. Jul 14 Neck~001
Plane the neck shaft flat and reduce to desired thickness Jul 14 Neck~002 Neck~003
Cut off head stock to scarf joint angle and prepare components for gluing Jul 16 Neck~004 Neck~005
Glue head stock to the neck shaft. Jul 16 Neck~006 Neck~007 Neck~008
Glue the heel block to the neck shaft Jul 16 Neck~009
Clean up glue squeeze out and plane neck assembly to desired dimensions.. Jul 16 Neck~010
Mark the 12th fret neck/body joint position. Jul 17 Neck~011
Rout receptor slots for sides Jul 17 Neck~012 Neck~013 Neck~014
Rout receptor slots for top Jul 17 Neck~015 Neck~016 Neck~017 Neck~018
Rough cut heel and foot profiles Jul 17 Neck~019 Neck~020 Neck~021
Install dado blades in table saw & Rough cut heel and foot side curvatures. Jul 18 Neck~022 Neck~023 Neck~024
Square the sides of the foot section. Jul 18 Neck~025 Neck~026 Neck~027
Shape the foot section and seal with shellac Jul 18 Neck~028 Neck~029 Neck~030
Prepare and glue headstock veneers Trim excess when dry Jul 18 Neck~031 Neck~032 Neck~033
Prepare the headstock face plate from 2mm Imdian Rosewood Jul 18 Neck~034
Glue the headstock face plate. Trim excess when dry Jul 18 Neck~035 Neck~036
Cut headstock to length and  cut nut stop. Jul 18 Neck~037 Neck~038 Neck~039
Mark the neck & headstock tapers and the headstock pattern. Jul 19 Neck~040 Neck~041 Neck~042
Cut the neck & headstock tapers. Plane the cut surfaces smooth & square Jul 19 Neck~043 Neck~044
Rough cut the headstock end and refine with files and sand paper. Jul 19 Neck~045 Neck~046 Neck~047
Drill tuner holes Jul 20 Neck~048 Neck~049
Check tuner holes for fit with tuners Jul 20 Neck~050 Neck~051
Attach headstock slot template to the headstock Jul 21 Neck~052 Neck~053
Rout headstock slots. Jul 21 Neck~054 Neck~055
Mark and saw boundaries for string exit ramps. Jul 22 Neck~056 Neck~057
Cut and chisel the headstock nut string exit ramps. Check with tuners for fit. Jul 22 Neck~058 Neck~059 Neck~060
Route a slot for a carbon fibre reinforcement rod. Jul 23 Neck~061 Neck~062 Neck~063
Prepare reinforcement rod and neckwood cap. Jul 23 Neck~064
Glue in carbon fiber rod with epoxy. Follow with cap using wood glue and clamp.Plane flat when dry. Jul 23 Neck~065 Neck~066 Neck~067 Neck~068
Thickness a fret board blank to 7.5mm. Rough cut the taper and true the edges to the final width.  Jul 23 Neck~069
Mount fret board onto fret slotting system.  Jul 24 Neck~070 Neck~071 Neck~072
Mount fret slot blade in table saw.  Jul 24 Neck~073
Cut fret slots.  Jul 24 Neck~074 Neck~075
Cut off waste at the nut end of the neck. Jul 24 Neck~076
Taper the fret board thickness to final dimensions. using a tapered slave board and thickness sander. Jul 24 Neck~077
Drill locator pin holes in fret board at frets 1 and 11.and center the fretboard onto the neck. Jul 24 Neck~078 Neck~079
Mark and drill neck locator pin holes & install pins. Jul 24 Neck~080 Neck~081
Glue and clamp fret board to the neck. Jul 24 Neck~082 Neck~083
Plane and sand the sides of the neck flush with the fret board. Jul 25 Neck~084 Neck~085
Remove waste material from the underside of the neck extension Jul 25 Neck~086 Neck~087
True up underside of neck so that it will mate with the top. Jul 25 Neck~088 Neck~089
Level the fret board and finish sand to 150 grit. Jul 25 Neck~090
Bevel the tops of the fret slots with a small triangular file. Jul 25 Neck~091
Hammer fret wire into slots 1 to 19 and cut the ends Jul 25 Neck~092 Neck~093 Neck~094
File the fret ends flush with fret board edges and then bevel them. Finish with a diamond stone.   Jul 25 Neck~095 Neck~096
Mark heel and headstock profiles  Jul 26 Neck~097 Neck~098
Rough shape headstock/shaft transition   Jul 26 Neck~099
Rough shape heel.  Jul 26 Neck~100
 Rough shape the neck shaft .& blend heel and headstock transitions Jul 26 Neck~101 Neck~102 Neck~103
Refine the neck shaft thickness and profile. Jul 27 Neck~104 Neck~105
Dry fit the neck to the top. Align the center lines of the neck and top. Aug 05 Neck~106 Neck~107
Mark, cut & finish neck end to match the sound hole. Aug 05 Neck~108 Neck~109 Neck~110 Neck~111
Install the 20th fret and finish the ends. Aug 05 Neck~112 Neck~113

 

SIDES Date Photos
Cut ten 19mm wide ash lining strips  Jul 13 Sides~001 Sides~002
Thickness strips to 2.5 mm and cut widths to 20mm Jul 13 Sides~003 Sides~004
Tape the lining strips into two  groups of 5 each. Jul 13 Sides~005 Sides~006
Bend the lining strips to shape. Jul 14 Sides~007 Sides~008
Glue up lining strips in lamination mold. Jul 16 Sides~009 Sides~010
Trim laminated lining assemblies to height. Jul 19 Sides~011 Sides~012 Sides~013
Round inner edges of the liningsusing a 1/4" round over router bit. Jul 19 Sides~014 Sides~015 Sides~016
True up sides and thickness to 2.3mm Jul 25 Sides~017
Temporarily stick sides together with double sided tape and mark side profiles. Jul 25 Sides~018 Sides~019 Sides~020
Cut side profiles and plane the cut edge smooth Jul 25 Sides~021 Sides~022
Wet Side down, place in bending machine and bend to shape. Cool overnight. Jul 25 Sides~023 Sides~024 Sides~025
Repeat bending procedure with the other side. Jul 27 Sides~026 Sides~027
Using the construction mold, Mark the ends of the sides to the center lines of the mold. Jul 27 Sides~028 Sides~029
Mark the neck recesses at the front ends and cut the waste from the sides. Jul 27 Sides~030 Sides~031
File the edges of the cuts smooth & ]fit the sides in to the construction mold. Jul 27 Sides~032 Sides~033
Cut tail block to length. Sand to match side curvature at the tail area. Jul 28 Sides~034 Sides~035 Sides~036
Mark & cut tail block end angles. Jul 28 Sides~037 Sides~038
Glue tail block to the sides. . Jul 28 Sides~039
Scrape glue squeeze and soften the edges of the tail block Jul 28 Sides~040 Sides~041
Mark upright waist prace positions. Glue and clamp the  braces. Jul 28 Sides~042 Sides~043
Plane and shape the waist braces to 1/2 round. Replace sides in mold. Jul 28 Sides~044 Sides~045
Mark top edges of the sides and sand in radiused sanding dish to create top profile  Aug 01 Sides~046 Sides~047
Mark and file recesses in the first top lining to fit over the upright braces Aug 01 Sides~048 Sides~049
Mark, cut and plane angles in the first top lining to fit the tail block Aug 01 Sides~050 Sides~051 Sides~052 Sides~053
Glue and clamp the first top lining to the sides. When dry, flush trim edges. Aug 01 Sides~054 Sides~055 Sides~056
Remove the sides and scrape squeezed out glue Aug 01 Sides~057
Repeat the fitting and gluing processes for the second top lining. Aug 01 Sides~058
Mark top lining  edges and sand to 30' top radius. Aug 01 Sides~059 Sides~060 Sides~061
Invert sides in mold. Mark back edges and sand to 15' back radius. Aug 01 Sides~062 Sides~063 Sides~064
Prepare and glue back linings following the same steps as for the top linings. Aug 02 Sides~065 Sides~066
Cut side wedge blanks to fit the side slots in the neck. Aug 02 Sides~067
Mark & cut the wedge blanks to match the side of the neck recess Aug 02 Sides~068 Sides~069
Plane the wedge blankssides smooth. Aug 02 Sides~070 Sides~071
Cut blanks into tapered wedges & plane the saw cut faces smooth Aug 02 Sides~072 Sides~073 Sides~074
Fit front wedges on linings and scribe saw lines on the linings. Aug 02 Sides~075 Sides~076
Saw and chisel recesses into the linings to receive the wedges Aug 02 Sides~077 Sides~078 Sides~079
Cut recesses into the front wedges to form interlocking joint with the linings Aug 02 Sides~080 Sides~081 Sides~082 Sides~083
Glue front wedge to sides. Repeat steps for the other wedge and trim both. Aug 02 Sides~084 Sides~085 Sides~086
Adjust rear wedges. Dry fit the sides to the neck to test the Spanish heel joinery. Aug 02 Sides~087 Sides~088 Sides~089
Rout tail graft channel to fit tail graft.  Aug 10 Sides~090 Sides~091
Prepare and spot glue a temporary tail graft. Set permanent graft aside for later. Aug 10 Sides~092 Sides~093

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Rosette Date Photos
Develop the rosette motif design using a computer graphics program Jun 25 Rosette~001
Cut and thickness 6 flamed maple strips for the "weave" motif in 3 tile logs. Jun 25 Rosette~002 Rosette~003
Cut black veneer borders and glue to the weave strips Jun 25 Rosette~004 Rosette~005
Trim the glued veneers on the weave strips Jun 26 Rosette~006 Rosette~007
Cut 3 of the 6 weave strips in half Jun 26 Rosette~008 Rosette~009
Cut and dimension 12 mahogany strips for the tile fields Jun 26 Rosette~010
Glue and clamp the assemblies for the 3 tile logs Jun 27 Rosette~011 Rosette~012 Rosette~013
Plane the corners of the logs so that the weave strips fall diagonal across the face Jun 27 Rosette~014 Rosette~015
Taper the sides of the logs to a 56 mm radius for the circular inlay.  Jun 27 Rosette~016 Rosette~017
Cut the logs into 3mm thick tiles  Jun 28 Rosette~018 Rosette~019
Drill 1/4" sound hole center hole in the sound board & mount on a routing board. Jun 27 Rosette~020
Rout the inlay channel for the central celtic braid motif.and glue in the tiles Jun 27 Rosette~021 Rosette~022
Level the tiles in a thickness sander l Jun 27 Rosette~023 Rosette~024
Rout channels around the inner and outer motif edges to clean them up Jun 28 Rosette~025
Widen the inlay channels for the inner and outer rosette borders to 5mm Jun 28 Rosette~026
Prepare and bend flamed maple and chain inlay border elements and cut black & white veneer bands. Jun 28 Rosette~027 Rosette~028 Rosette~029
Fit the border elements into the channels and plane level. Jun 28 Rosette~030 Rosette~031
Remove and tie the two groups of border elements with twist ties. Jun 29 Rosette~032
Glue in the border elements and trim the ends of the rosette assembly to leaving a gap for thickness measurement. Jun 29 Rosette~033 Rosette~034 Rosette~035

 

SOUND BOARD Date Photos
Select top, cut the top plates to width and true up the center edges. . Jun 25 Top~001 Top~002
Join the plates. Scrape glue joint and level the top in the thickness sander.Go to Rosette section for next steps. Jun 25 Top~003 Top~004
When the rosette is completed, mark and cut out the top to profile. Jun 25 Top~005 Top~006 Top~007 Top~008
Sand the entire top surface to reduce the rosette thickness to 1.2mm Jul 01 Top~009 Top~010
 Fill the gap at the ends of the rosette and level. Jul 01 Top~011
Thickness top from underside to 2mm and finish sand.   Aug 03 Top~012
Mark bracing and reinforcement pad positions Aug 03 Top~013 Top~014
Fabricate the sound hole/rosette reinforcement patch Aug 04 Top~015 Top~016
Fit the sound hole/rosette reinforcement patch Aug 04 Top~017 Top~018 Top~019
Glue the sound hole/rosette reinforcement patch Aug 04 Top~020 Top~021 Top~022
Cut out sound hole. Aug 04 Top~023 Top~024
Fabricate and attach neck joint reinforcement patch  Aug 04 Top~025 Top~026 Top~027 Top~028
Round off the inside edge of the sound hole. Aug 05 Top~029
Mark the neck interlock slot and recesses in the adjacent perimeters. Aug 05 Top~030
Cut out neck interlock slot and recesses in the adjacent perimeters. Aug 05 Top~031 Top~032
Dry fit the top to the neck. Align & clamp into the assembly mold and insert the sides Aug 05 Top~033 Top~034
Mark inner perimeter of the linings Aug 05 Top~035 Top~036
Cut fan brace stock from fine grained quarter sawn cedar Aug 06 Top~037 Top~038
Cut and plane the lower stiffening patch. Glue it in place then shape and scallop. Aug 06 Top~039 Top~040 Top~041 Top~042
Cut transverse brace below sound hole, sand radius in 30' dish and plane square. Aug 06 Top~043 Top~044
Cut a recess in the transverse brace to fit over the sound hole patch Aug 06 Top~045 Top~046 Top~047 Top~048
File a passage into the transverse brace for the outer bass fan brace. Aug 06 Top~049 Top~050
Scallop the transverse brace ends and sand smooth. Aug 06 Top~051 Top~052 Top~053
Cut the outer bass fan brace to length and radius in the 30' sanding dish. Aug 06 Top~054
Recess the end of the bass brace to fit over the sound hole patch. Aug 06 Top~055 Top~056
Cut the remaining fan braces to length. Aug 07 Top~057 Top~058
Fit and glue the inner 3 fan braces. Aug 07 Top~059 Top~060 Top~061 Top~062
Glue the remaining fan braces, plane to height and scallop the ends. Aug 07 Top~063 Top~064 Top~065
Plane and sand the fan braces to the desired shape. Aug 07 Top~066 Top~067
Glue in  the transverse brace, plane to shape and sand.   Aug 07 Top~068 Top~069 Top~070
Glue & shape reinforcement braces beside the sound hole. Aug 07 Top~071 Top~072 Top~073
Cut spruce stock for two transverse braces for above the sound hole.. Aug 07 Top~074 Top~075
Radius and plane the two transverse braces for above the sound hole.. Aug 07 Top~076 Top~077 Top~078
Scallop the two transverse braces for above the sound hole Aug 07 Top~079 Top~080 Top~081
Glue the first transverse brace above the sound hole Aug 08 Top~082
Fabricate and glue in the last reinforcement patch Aug 08 Top~083 Top~084 Top~085 Top~086
Glue in the  final transverse brace. Shape & sand both braces Aug 08 Top~087 Top~088 Top~089
Radius & cut brace stock for the upper treble and bridge cross bars Aug 08 Top~090 Top~091 Top~092
Mark & cut the cross bars to fit between the outer fan braces Aug 08 Top~093 Top~094
Locate and cut recesses  in the inner fan braces for the lower cross bar Aug 08 Top~095 Top~096 Top~097
Mark & cut corresponding interlock recesses in the lower cross bar Aug 08 Top~098 Top~099 Top~100 Top~101
Check for fit. Shape, glue and scallop the lower bar. Aug 08 Top~102 Top~103 Top~104 Top~105
Fit, glue and shape the bridge bar as with the upper treble bar. Fabricate and glue the bridge arm end patches. Aug 08 Top~106 Top~107

 

BACK Date Photos
Dimension and true up back plates Aug 12 Back~001
Join and glue book matched back plates to center strip.  Aug 12 Back~002
Mark out back profile, cut to shape. Aug 12 Back~003 Back~004
Thickness the back to 2.3 mm  Aug 12 Back~005
Mark Back Perimeter on heel. Measure heel length from back perimeter to the end of the foot plus 15 mm. Aug 13 Back~006 Back~007
Mark end points for the back center joint reinforcement. Aug 13 Back~008 Back~009
Fabricate and gle the inner center seam reinforcement. Aug 13 Back~010 Back~011
Round off the center seam reinforcement with planes and sandpaper.  Aug 13 Back~012 Back~013 Back~014 Back~015
Cut back braces.   Aug 13 Back~016
Radius back braces in 15' sanding dish and plane square Aug 13 Back~017 Back~018 Back~019
Cut scallops in the braces and smooth on drum sander. Aug 13 Back~020 Back~021 Back~022
Mark positions of  back braces on center strip and cut passages for the braces.  Aug 13 Back~023 Back~024 Back~025
Glue the back braces to the back using a 15' radiused solera. Aug 13 Back~026 Back~027
Shape back braces with planes and sandpaper.  Aug 13 Back~028 Back~029 Back~030

 

PURFLINGS & BINDINGS Date Photos
Cut two strips from roasted flamed maple and thickness to 3mm. Aug 09 PB~001 PB~002
Cut the strips from the previous step into 4 binding strips. Cut back center strip and tail graft strip. . Aug 09 PB~003 PB~004 PB~005
Glue up light/dark/light veneer sandwich for, back, binding and tail graft purflings Aug 09 PB~006 PB~007
Cut the veneer sandwich into strips of appropriate widths.  Aug 09  PB~008
Glue side purfling strips to binding strips.and trim Aug 09 PB~009 PB~010
Glue back purfling strips to the back center strip.and trim Aug 09 PB~011 PB~012
Glue purfling to the  tail graft strip and trim Aug 09 PB~013
Glue veneer sandwich for the top purfling. Cut into strips when dry. Aug 15 PB~014 PB~015 PB~016
Plane top and back purflings to width, tape together and bend   Aug 15 PB~017 PB~018 PB~019
Tape binding strips together and finalize thickness. Aug 16 PB~020 PB~021
Bend bindings. Aug 16 PB~022 PB~023
Assemble and Glue heel cap components  Aug 19 PB~024 PB~025
Mark and rough cut the heel cap profile.  Aug 19 PB~026 PB~027

 

BRIDGE Date Photos
Cut bridge blank to the required dimensions. Aug 20 Bridge~001
Mark string positions.. Aug 20 Bridge~002
Drill pilot centers followed by string holes through the width of the tie block. Aug 20 Bridge~003
Mark and drill secondary holes for the 12 hole tie block system. Aug 20 Bridge~004
Cut saddle and tie block slots Aug 21 Bridge~005 Bridge~006 Bridge~007
Radius the bottom of the bridge to fit the dome of the guitar top. Aug 21 Bridge~008
Rough cut the bridge arms on the table saw Aug 21 Bridge~009 Bridge~010
Chisel and shape the ramp leading from the tie block to the saddle slot. Aug 21 Bridge~011
Round off the leading edge of the saddle slot retainer  Aug 21 Bridge~012
Shape the arms of the bridge. Aug 21 Bridge~013 Bridge~014
Fabricate the tie block caps from bone and wood. Glue to the tie block and weigh the bridge. Aug 21 Bridge~015 Bridge~016 Bridge~017
Trim the tie block cap edges and round the corners. Aug 21 Bridge~018
Finish sand the bridge and seal with shellac to prevent bleeding color onto top. Aug 21 Bridge~019

 

ASSEMBLY Date Photos
Glue the top to neck using an alignment device. Clean up glue and round sound hole edge. Aug 11 A~001 A~002 A~003 A~004 A~005
Place neck/top in assembly form, insert sides & mark interlocking recesses in the transverse bars Aug 11 A~006 A~007 A~008
Remove sides and cut interlocking recesses in the transverse bars Aug 11 A~009 A~010 A~011
Replace sides & mark positons for interlocking recesses in linings. Aug 11 A~012 A~013 A~014
Remove sides and  cut interlocking recesses into the linings.  Aug 11 A~015 A~016 A~017
Replace sides. Apply clamps at waist and check for a good fit to the top all around. Aug 11 A~018 A~019
Apply glue to upper side linings and outer heel gluing surface. Insert sides and clamp. Glue in wedges Aug 11 A~020 A~021
When dry, clean up glue squeeze out.Trim wedges and level the heel to the sides.  Aug 11 A~022 A~023 A~024
Refine back profile of sides on a 15' sanding dish to align with back doming. Aug 12 A~025 A~026 A~027 A~028
Align the back and clamp lightly. Aug 13 A~029
Mark the outline of the sides on the braces. Aug 13 A~030
Measure & mark lines for the interlocking rebates in the back braces. Cut and chisel the rebates. Aug 13 A~031 A~032 A~033 A~034
Refit the back & mark the edges of the braces on the sides. Aug 13 A~035 A~036 A~037
Cut recesses in the sides/linings. Aug 13 A~038 A~039 A~040
Check back fit at all of the brace intersections. Prepare and affix the label to the back. Aug 13 A~041 A~042
Glue and clamp the back to the sides Aug 13 A~043 A~044
Trim the back plate flush to the sides. Aug 14 A~045
Remove the guitar from the assembly mold and trim the top flush. Aug 14 A~046 A~047 A~048
Seal the top with shellac and rout purfling/binding rebates for the top Aug 14 A~049 A~050 A~051
Rout purfling/binding rebates for the back. Aug 15 A~052
Cut the heel down level to the bottom of binding channel. Aug 15 A~053 A~054
Using chisels, dental picks & wood files complete the top binding rebates.  Aug 15 A~055 A~056 A~057
Hand finish the back binding rebates at the heel and tail Aug 15 A~058 A~059 A~060
Fit top purflings. Glue and clamp with rubber bands. Aug 16 A~061 A~062 A~063
Trim top purflings and sand level to top... Aug 16 A~064
Gluie & clamp the back purflings. Aug 17 A~065 A~066 A~067
Sand level when dry. Aug 17 A~068 A~069 A~070
Remove the temporary tail graft and glue in the permanent graft Aug 18 A~071
Mark and cut the top bindings to fit. .  Aug 18 A~072
Glue and clamp the top bindings.  Aug 18 A~073
When dry, remove the clamping bands and scrape/sand the binding flush to the top.  Aug 18 A~074
Fit and glue the back bindings.. Aug 18 A~075
Scrape and sand the back bindings flush with the back plates. Aug 18 A~076 A~077 A~078
Scrape and sand the bindings flush to the side surfaces. Aug 19 A~079
Glue and clamp the heel cap.  Aug 19 A~080 A~081
Trim the heel cap flush to the back plate and sides of the heel.  Aug 19 A~082 A~083 A~084 A~085
Round binding corners.  Aug 19 A~086 A~087
Finish sand the entire guitar Aug 22 A~088
Drill bridge locator pin holes at the bottom of the saddle slot. Aug 23 A~089
Position bridge and secure with tape. Check scale length with a ruler. Aug 23 A~090 A~091
 & drill index holes into top.  Aug 23 A~092 A~093
Glue index pins into the bridge. Aug 23 A~094
Position bridge and tape boundaries to catch glue squeeze out.  Aug 23 A~095
Position gluing caul to the underside of the top. Hold with magnets. Aug 23 A~096 A~097 A~098
Glue and clamp bridge.When dry, remove tape & clean up squeezed out glue. Aug 23 A~099 A~100
Install Mother of Pearl position markers at frets 7 and 12 Aug 23 A~101 A~102 A~103
Level the frets. Aug 29 A~104 A~105 A~106
Recrown the frets and polish.. Aug 29 A~107 A~108 A~109
Install tuners Sep 09 A~110 A~111
Fabricate saddle. Sep 09 A~112 A~113
Fabricate nut Sep 09 A~114 A~115
Attach strings and set action heights. Evaluate the guitar's response.  Sep 09 A~116 A~117 A~118 A~119

 

French Polish  

Photos

Seal all surfaces with shellac.  Aug 24 FP~001 FP~002 FP~003 FP~004
Fill back/side pores with filler. (3 Sessions over 2 days) Aug 26 FP~005 FP~006
Sand with 220 grit to remove filler residue. Clean up with a tack cloth.  Aug 27 FP~007
Apply shellac to side & back surfaces (2 sessions each side & 4 on back) Aug 27 FP~008
Rough level the side & back surface with medium sanding sponge. Aug 28 FP~009 FP~010 FP~011 FP~012
Apply a good body of shellac over several days, allow to cure for a few days then wet sand with 800 grit paper. Aug 29 FP~013 FP~014 FP~015 FP~016
Apply thin glazing coats to all surfaces. Sep 03 FP~017 FP~018 FP~019
Cure for 2 days and rub down with fine abrasive polish compound Sep 07 FP~020 FP~021 FP~022 FP~023
Scrape shellac from fret board edges. Sep 08 FP~024
Polish the frets and clean up the fret board with steel wool. Sep 08 FP~025 FP~026 FP~027
Clean shellac out of peg head holes. Sep 08 FP~028