First You Cut Down a Tree... (part 17)

posted May 4, 2013, 4:09 AM by Hiram Philo   [ updated Jul 13, 2013, 6:15 PM ]

Here are the pictures I took during finishing, neck construction, and gluing the neck to the body.

After a number of coats of finish are applied the finish is wet sanded starting with 320 grit sandpaper and working my way up to 1500 or 2000 grit.

I'm glad I thought to at least take one picture during neck construction. I am gluing the face plate on the head stock in this picture. Obviously I have glued the fret board onto the neck and have shaped the neck with a rasp, sand paper and the rotary sander attachment to my drill (which you can see between the neck and the body). Shaping the neck was a very enjoyable sculpting sort of process which would have presented some interesting pictures, if I could go back in time and get them.

Finish is applied to the neck in the same manner as shown finishing the body. After sanding the finish is buffed with this powerful buffer. If I loose my concentration while buffing, the buffer can grab a neck right out of my hands and smash a month of work on the floor. Which, incidentally, did happen this winter with another guitar I have been building.

Here is the head stock after binding has been applied, the Shadow Valley Logo inlayed, the neck finished, sanded and buffed out, and the peg holes drilled. 

Gluing the neck to the body
To view this series from the first post click:  First You Cut Down A Tree
To view the next post in this series click:  First You Cut Down a Tree... (Part 18)