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Finished Build

Orchestral Model Cutaway

Serial # OMC 1.6.41

  • Body:.......................... Philippine Ebony
  • Top:............................ Sitka Spruce
  • Neck:.......................... Khaya (Mahogany)
  • Binding:...................... High Figure Snakewood
  • Purfling:...................... Fine Herringbone with Green Pinstriping
  • Appointments:............ Amboyna Burl, Brazilian Rosewood
  • Fretboard & Bridge:.... 24 Nickel-Silver Frets Macassar Ebony with Snakewood Binding
  • Tuners:........................Waverly, Nickel Plated with Ebony Knobs

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(1) December 13, 2010

The back and side set of Philippine Ebony we will use.

(2) December 13, 2010

A close up view of the Philippine Ebony back.

(3) December 13, 2010

A picture of the Sitka Spruce top set.

(4) December 13, 2010

A close up view of the Sitka Spruce.

(5) December 13, 2010

These are some of the Snakewood binding we will use.

(6) December 13, 2010

A close up of a piece of the Snakewood binding.

(7) December 14, 2010

This is a picture of the center strip that we will use on the back of the guitar.

(8) December 14, 2010

Before I start to use my drum sander I like to clean it up a bit. This tool lets me sand a wide piece of wood to a very precise dimension.

(9) December 14, 2010

Here I am sanding a piece of the top to get both halves equally thick.

(10) December 14, 2010

I sand the back blanks to the same dimension as the center strip.

(11) December 14, 2010

We decided to make the center sapwood section a bit thinner than the original wood. I am using my table saw to trim a bit of the wood away.

(12) December 14, 2010

Here I am using my drum sander to reduce the thickness of the side pieces to about 90 mils. (0.090") This will make bending them possible.

(13) December 14, 2010

I am trimming the edges of the top pieces to get an initially straight edge.

(14) December 14, 2010

But since I am going to be joining these two edges together and I don't want any seam to show I use this edge sanding tool to create very straight and complimentary edges. This tool holds the piece vertical and has a precisely straight surface to sand the edge on. I will continue to work on these edges until I am satisfied that the seam will be invisible.

(15) December 14, 2010

The back pieces get the same treatment.

(16) December 14, 2010

To glue the pieces together I run a thin bead of white glue along one edge.

(17) December 14, 2010

And I use this press tool to press the two halves together while holding them flat.

(18) December 14, 2010

Here I am laying out the back pieces to see how they will fit together.