Thursday, June 24, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021

Next build

 Making plans for this summers build. I think I've nailed the basic shape now. This will be a hybrid of my two latest acoustic lap-steels witch both has their  flaws. Plywood of course. I might try proper guitar building materials once I get the design the way I want it. For some reason you just can't know how it will work, feel and look until you have an actual instrument in your hands.

 

 





Sunday, August 16, 2020

Fretboard added

 Drawn with markers on cardboard. Not final but it’ll do for now.


This summers lap steel build

 Bending plywood went ok. Theres a small crack in one of the bends but it’s merely visible so I went along and put it together. And it actually sounds fine! I’m allways prepared for the worst with my rudimentary knowledge in the matter and my cheapness when it comes to what materials I use. The body of this guitar is also much thinner than my last one but It still sounds full size. Will compare them when I have them both in the same





Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Alternate bending method

Tried another method. Plywood piece placed in a barrel of Water for ten minutes. Then warmed the curve with a heat gun while slowly bending. Worked fine too!  Heat gun set to 170 C°.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Steam box

I wanted to know if it's possible to bend plywood so I put together an improvised steambox. And yes, It works! I was afraid the steam would disolve the glue in the plywood but it looks like it didn't. Now I can build acoustic lap-steels without corners.





Acoustic lap-steel

This is my latest build. Cheap plywood but it sounds fine. My next one will not have corners though.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Lap steel update

Busy day in the workshop today. Managed to get the pickguard properly routed on the second try.






Monday, January 21, 2019

Lap steel 2019

The glueing of the binding. Oh, the horror!