This week, the guitar making series continues with a whole post on preparing the sides before bending. Then, a very detailed post on how to prepare wood for staining. Finally, tips on texturing your wooden rings. Enjoy.
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How to Make an Acoustic Guitar Part Eight
In How to Make an Acoustic Guitar – Preparing the Sides, I’ll show you everything you need to mill your sides yourself. This is not a hard job, and you can save a lot of money by milling your own side pieces.
Not only that, but it helps you practice more because you can make these sides at will and if you break a few of them it won’t matter. That’s one of the biggest wins, because you will do better if you practice with less stress.
I’ll also show you how to mill down the wood so that the best matching faces are showing, and also a little trick on how to get your planer to make thinner pieces than the tool is normally capable of. This little trick alone will help you mill all of your guitar wood, not just your sides.
How to Prep Wood for Staining
In How to Prepare Wood for Staining, I’ll teach you everything you need to know about getting a piece of wood ready to receive the best stain possible. The preparation prior to staining is really where all the magic happens.
If you do this part of the process well, you can count on a good looking stain. Even as a beginner, when you might have to practice at staining a bit, at least you will know that you are giving yourself the best chance to apply a great looking stain.
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The staining battle is won long before you apply a single coat of product. If you get the prep work done really well, then you will have little to worry about when it comes time to apply the actual stain.
Texturing Wooden Rings
I love texture, and after reading 11 Easy Tips on How to Texture Your Wooden Rings, you will too. Texture is a great way to set your rings apart from others that you see in the marketplace.
It’s also a free method, because you don’t need to add any consumable material to the ring to make it work.
With texture, you perform a process or a series of processes to your ring, and it creates a distressed look that is really eye catching and interesting. There are lots of ways to do it, and I’ll show you several in the post.
You can then combine these methods, work on your rings and designs, and create your own custom looks. A little practice is all it takes, and you can have a very unique looking set of textured rings.
Enjoy the posts, and happy building.
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