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!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lap steel 2018- 2019

Routing the binding channel... Check.

Guitar build 2015-2019

Gluing the binding was a challenge. Mahogany seems to be tricky that way. Made a lots of test with different glues. I ended up pre-glue the suface with epoxy and let it dry before I glued the binding itself. The sharp bends was also a first time for me. I used a heat gun to make the plastic bend-able.