Winter Builds

Construction and repair of Classical Guitar and related instruments
User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:18 am

My 2018 aspirations are taking shape. I have two cedar topped rosewood guitars in mind. And a spruce topped maple that I'm trimming in green. I made some of it materialize this weekend.... Three sets of ribs, some necks and totally messed up shop. The maple is snazzy I'm going to wrap it in mahogany binding I think.


Image

Image

Image


Image

User avatar
David Norton
Posts: 4378
Joined: Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:12 pm
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Re: Winter Builds

Post by David Norton » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:04 am

Nice looking work thus far!
David Norton
Salt Lake City, UT
First person to complete the Delcamp "Let's Learn Sor Op. 60" project

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:22 pm

The cold weather snapped briefly today. I got out wandered a few miles. The mighty St. Joseph River on it's way to Lake Michigan......if it stood still a moment it'd freeze right solid.

The fresh air did me so good I decided to make it a kerfings and linings day.....enough for 4 guitars. I also put together a mile of Padauk/maple bindings that I will have gently roasting in my bender shortly.



Image
Image

Image

simonm
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 8134
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:22 am
Location: Germany, Würzburg. Spain, IB

Re: Winter Builds

Post by simonm » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:03 pm

Looking good. I have a few on the way myself. The landscape looks pretty good too but a bit too chilly for me.
I see you have snuck in a little selfie too. :-)

printer2
Posts: 477
Joined: Sat May 02, 2015 9:20 pm
Location: Winnipeg

Re: Winter Builds

Post by printer2 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:24 am

Brian McCombs wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:22 pm
The cold weather snapped briefly today. I got out wandered a few miles. The mighty St. Joseph River on it's way to Lake Michigan......if it stood still a moment it'd freeze right solid.
Darn, open water, miss that. I had a girl from Bristol live with me a while and she went back home to England for a vacation and took back some pictures (real film, long time ago) they would not believe.

Ice fishing on the river.
Image

Good fishing in the summer also.

Image
Fred

User avatar
Doug Ingram
Amateur luthier
Posts: 1594
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:11 pm
Location: Lorette, Manitoba, Canada

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Doug Ingram » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:50 am

printer2 wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:24 am
Brian McCombs wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:22 pm
The cold weather snapped briefly today. I got out wandered a few miles. The mighty St. Joseph River on it's way to Lake Michigan......if it stood still a moment it'd freeze right solid.
Darn, open water, miss that. I had a girl from Bristol live with me a while and she went back home to England for a vacation and took back some pictures (real film, long time ago) they would not believe.

Ice fishing on the river.
Image

Good fishing in the summer also.

Image
It so warms my heart to see such familiar locations on this international forum! I know those spots well.

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:50 pm

I toasted some Padauk and roasted some Mahogany. I had the place smelling very earthy. Having used these two materials on my last 3 guitars, I've got the temps and bending process dialed in, these were a joy to make. I broke none of them and nobody got burned. I've taken to Titebond 3 for laminating purflings. It's working for me. The mahogany should pair up nicely with the ivory/bone tones of the maple back and sides.


Image

simonm
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 8134
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:22 am
Location: Germany, Würzburg. Spain, IB

Re: Winter Builds

Post by simonm » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:37 pm

printer2 wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:24 am

Ice fishing on the river.
Image
….
Reminds me of "Grumpy Old Men"

Way too cold for me.

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:05 am

Wheeeee.....looks like a slide or a rosewood roller coaster or something.

I'm starting to group together all the bits and pieces I've been making. This guitar will be rosewood and probably cedar....trim is Padauk which has become an addiction for me. It is a real interesting material and it begins to change the moment you cut into it. I appreciate the deep brick red this will eventually become once it matures.

Image

Image

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:58 pm

I ruined that rosette pictured in my previous post. I do that more than I care to say for whatever reason.

I always make extras though, I used this one and inlaid it this weekend. Loving the cedar lately - I fanned the soundboard today. I knocked together a bigger go bar deck too, the one I've used for years was frustratingly small. I'm anxious to start assembling it all.

Image

Image

Image

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:45 pm

While it looks like a mess......there is a guitar under there. I'll have it off the workboard this weekend I do declare.

Image

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:55 am

I"m back.


Image

Paul Micheletti
Amateur luthier
Posts: 570
Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:48 am
Location: San Diego, CA

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Paul Micheletti » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:08 pm

Your spool clamps look surprisingly similar to mine. Except mine don't have the extra nut on the end. Is that just to prevent you from spinning the wingnut off the end?

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:39 pm

The nuts are glued to the threaded rod. I can then hold the rod still with a little wrench while tightening the wing nut. Sometimes those rods like to spin loose.

User avatar
Brian McCombs
Posts: 1564
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:55 pm
Location: Union City, Michigan

Re: Winter Builds

Post by Brian McCombs » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:59 am

Midnight Oil finds my latest guitar bound. Not real fancy, but its tidy.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Return to “Luthiers”