Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Rack Made Out of 2x4's to Hang Guitars On

Bernardo's guitar shop has an old world atmosphere. It is a small shop, cluttered with pieces of wood, guitars of many types and in various stages of disrepair and repair. It is a busy shop with genuinely friendly people...

Gerald J. Bakus, The Spanish Guitar, 1977


The space my studio currently resides in is a small room in the upstairs of our log home, there isn't much space.

I am very busy at the moment with four guitars.

I've been hanging two of the four guitars down stairs in the laundry room on hooks put into one of the 4x6 beams that run through the room.

Problem is it is very hard to control the relative humidity in that room, I have an easier time keeping the humidity in my current workspace at about 40-45%. When it comes time to do the French polish on the guitars I don't want the humidity going up and down making the woods do the same thing. I had no choice but to bring the guitars upstairs.

Where to hang them was the dilemma.



Yesterday I made time and built a hanging rack for the guitars.

I took some Douglas fir 2x4's and made the rack that you see in the above photo.

A few cuts on the sliding compound miter saw, a couple of screws and a few pieces of hardboard was all that was needed.



The frame is sturdy, sturdy enough to hang four guitars from. Now all of the guitars will be right at hand.

Seeing all those guitars lined up makes this small room feel like a real guitar workshop...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Three Guitars

The traditions of the past in guitar construction have been respected and altered in the interests of better instruments.

Alexander Bellow, The Illustrated History of the Guitar, 1970




This past Friday, I finished assembling the western white spruce/African rosewood.

Now, I have three guitars that need finishing - bindings installed, fret boards glued to necks and frets hammered into the fret boards and then the French polish.

There is much work for me to do over the next several months.




Left to right: Western White Spruce/African Rosewood guitar; Western Red Cedar/Indian Rosewood guitar; Western Red Cedar/Claro Walnut guitar.



The back side of the guitars. You can see the Macassar ebony fillet in the African rosewood guitar to the far left and the sapele fillet in the Indian rosewood guitar in the middle.

I look forward to finishing these guitars and offering them for sale, most of all I look forward to hearing the beautiful music that will come from them.

A Basic Tool Kit for Making a Classical Guitar - Another Look

I was looking at a blog post of mine from eight years ago, Basic Hand Tool Kit for Making a Classical Guitar, Revised and saw that I have m...