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Default Binding and Bevel

When I asked Dale to place an arm bevel, I really hadnít given it much thought. I figured a sharp plane or chisel and some patience and you would have it done. Nuh uh - this is why I am not a luthier. First, the area needs to be reinforced, then after the cut, youíve got to figure out how to handle the binding - you canít just leave a visual gap and say, ďGood enough.Ē

No need to freehand, especially if you are going to reproduce the shape again in the future. A bandsaw and some MDF does the trick.

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Hereís where I would have screwed up. I would not have clamped the piece well enough and while routing the bevel, everything would have slipped (you donít need to ask me how I know this). I see that the guitar is sitting nicely in a cradle for this operation.

Like so many skills, the key to success is always looking forward as to what could go wrong and taking every step to prevent that from happening. If that means fabricating cradles, cutting guides and forms in advance, you do it. Itís much easier to prevent an error in advance than to have to correct the error after the fact.

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So Daleís trick was to place the purfling before cutting the bevel.

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Would modern luthiery be possible without cyanoacrylate glue and masking tape?

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Default Nice, clean and accurate work

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Default Cutting the binding slot.

A little out of order here.... I was excited to post the bevel shots.

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Watching each step of the build reminds me of an Advent calendar. Every day brings me closer to Christmas.
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Default The Arm Bevel has Been Cut!

So I guess I gave Dale a challenge:

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Well I’ll be dipped. Ever see an arm bevel on a Southern Jumbo veneered with ivoroid? Me neither. This one’s about forty percent done and it’s really working a guy’s last brain cell.
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Look at this beautiful joinery.

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This guitar will have a very interesting vibe - a little Art Deco, and maybe a little steampunk. Since it will have Evo frets (which are pale gold in color) the tuning pegs will be a brass color. My brain is sparking away thinking of where this is all leading to.
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First arm bevel I've ever liked. Leave it to Dale to transcend my notions of what a guitar should look like.

Thanks for sharing with us.
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First arm bevel I've ever liked. Leave it to Dale to transcend my notions of what a guitar should look like.

Thanks for sharing with us.
That little jog in the binding is an amazing design element. I find it very reminiscent of John Monteleoneís designs.
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