Taking shape

After thinning the sides to 2mm they are steam bent with a wet rag and this rusty old bending iron. There are shiny new ones but they don’t work as well!

Clamping the sides to the mould while they “settle” allows the wood to accept it’s new form. Change can be difficult to accept…

Mmm clamps.

The neck block and tail block are glued in with trusty Titebond glue and now we have a guitar shape! 

The depth of the body is tapered, being about an inch thinner where the neck joins. So the excess must be planned off the sides to get a smooth slope to meet the back of the guitar. Slightly complicated by the concave and convex curves of the body, at least there is no cutaway to deal with!

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