New shooting sled.

Declan and I designed this sled to shoot the book matched back pieces straight on the table saw before joining them. The sled worked well but the pices still needed to be sanded carefully by hand to get a perfect join. Declan had his doubts about the system but it ultimately  received his approval when he christened it the Leach Young patent shooting sled . This should make the job easyer for everyone else in the workshop too! 

Stick to the plan!

The plan is all important. The first job is to figure out how the extra strings will be attached and draw it all out to see it it will work! I intend to keep the guitar as close to the standard Dreadnaught style as possible. Ill be working off this very well seasoned plan that I dug out of the back of a cabinet in St. John’s. I wonder how many guitars have been made using this very drawing?


I will be guided in all of this process by the master of all things lutherie, the guitar guru, the leader of lumber sonification, the amiable Declan Young, coordinator of the Musical Instrument Building and Repair course in St John Central College, Cork, where I have chosen to keep myself fettered in the workshop for the next 8 months. The veritable ball and chain of mortification that is building a musical instrument should keep me out of trouble for the winter, and hopefully, the sense of elation when we pull it off will make it all worth while.

Building a Dreadnaught with 12 sympathetic strings.

The dreadnaught is an absolute classic of an acoustic guitar. Used by troubadours, folk legends and buskers all over the world. I cant walk down the street or turn on youtube without seeing one. So I want to make myself one, but, why not put 12 sympathetic strings running up the inside of the neck? To give a built-in reverb sound a la sitar or nykelharpa. Should be easy enough…. ¬†joni-mitchell-at