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28 March 2016

I've started, so I'll finish

The attentive amongst you will have no doubt realised that I am on a mission to build a small-bodied archtop guitar. Note to self: I really need to give this project a better name.

There are about a million things that I'm going to have to master if I'm going to pull this off. It's all in the preparation. I'm not usually not one for trial runs, but I'm absolutely certain that I'm not going to nail everything first time round.

One thing that has been a bit of a mystery to me ever since I began Lutherie has been finishing. I really need to understand more about this before I have to do it in anger on the Archtop. Today's post is a sort of round-up of where I am in the process.


I hinted yesterday that I was in the middle of ruining by new mandolin. Here's what I was talking about. In an attempt to sort out the scratches and scuffs on the back of the Eros, I decided to re-lacquer. This photo shows me sanding it back down again for the 19th time.

I can do sanding, no bother. The bit that I struggle with is knowing what lacquer to use and how to get the best out of it. Enter Z-Poxy Finishing Resin in my latest experiment.

27 March 2016

Vice and the Cult of Woodworking

I am absolutely knackered... in a good collapse-into-bed-and-sleep-like-the-dead sort of a way.

This weekend I've been sorting out my garage in preparation for embarking on some projects over the Summer. I've taken four car-loads of crap to the tip with another waiting to go! At the same time I've been putting together my new workbench and this is what I'm going to talk about today. I think that I'm in love!


I've found all sorts of things this weekend squirreled away in the dark recesses of my moldy garage. Take a look at this unfinished picture that I started sometime in the late 80s. I wonder if I'll ever finish it?

12 March 2016

How to make wooden C-Clamps

The title of this post sounds like madness of the highest order. Can it really be a good idea to try and make clamps out of wood? Surely not.

I had to give this a go!


Let me start by showing you what I made: 2 x deep-throat c-clamps. In this picture I've clamped some wood to my workbench from either side to give you a better look at the top and bottom of the finished clamps. It's taken me about a week to put these together, but that was mainly because I was experimenting along the way. How about I explain...