I'm building a guitar body from cherrywood and Ipé wood using my cnc router to route the contour and the pockets.
I will update the instructable in a few days, when i'll be done with the finishing.
Step 1: Having the idea, drawing the 3d model.
Then, I made a drawing that looks like a gibson, but all by my own so it's not exactly the same size. And I made the carved top.
Step 2: Programming the routing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqkO7U4ndvg for the video.
Step 3: Preparing the rough stock for the guitar !
2. Choosing the wood - I chose cherrywood because I had that wood at home, and I have found Ipé at the store which has a nice dark color.
3. Planing the wood and glue with carpenter glue.
4. Letting it dry for a day.
Step 4: Routing the guitar !
Step 5: Drilling the holes for the neck
On the picture you can see that it's important that the neck is perfectly aligned.
Step 6: The fun part ... Sanding !!
I now .. i'm sanding with 80 grit paper, 120, 180, 220 and I will put some color on it.
Step 7: Adding some color =)
I used the sponge technique, as it goes pretty well. It's a water based dye called Saman, i think it's a Canadian product. You can mix any color you want to get the desired tone.
After 2 days, spraying KTM-9 from www.lmii.com
I made some mistakes, at first I had orange peel on the guitar ( not enoug gun pressure ). And at the end, I had some spot with too much stuff.
So, I'll let it cure for about a week and I will start the sanding process :)
Step 8: Make it gloss
I am currently doing some tests with different kind of varnish/lacquer.
Those pictures were taken at the 6th layer of varnish. Still 10 to go ... minimum :P
After the 6th layer, I decides to level everything, using 320 grit paper. I sanded it down until it looked like a single surface.
BE CAREFUL not to sand too much , and use a sanding block !!!
( I had to make some touch up ).
To avoid this, you could wait for the 10th layer before leveling. That's the disadvantage to put varnish with a brush, since I don't have an hvlp gun.
OK, I changed my mind. Putting the varnish with a brush is a pain in the a**. This never level as you wish, so I decided after ... 10 - 12 layers to sand it down to a perfect evel and wait for my order from http://www.lmii.com. I ordered the KTM-9 water-based varnish.
It is compatible with standart 45psi paint gun, and you can apply 1 layer per hour without sanding between them.
I'll give you the feedback when I'll get the product !!
I bought 500, 600, 800, 1200 sanding papers.
So i have sanded the guitar until I got to 1200 grit and don't see any more scratches.
After, I used a buffing wheel and the turtle wax rubbing compound ( othe orange one )
The next stepo was the Polising compound from Turtle wax ( the white one )
And the for the final, I used turtle wax, car wax ( the green stuff ). DONT TRY ANY LIQUID WAX, I have tried Mothers and Meguiare nano wax, and it kinda melt with the varnish and screw evething up, so BE CAREFUL.
Step 9: Fhe final touch
The body is not as shiny as I expected :( but considering it's my first guitar, it's okay.
Maybe later when I will be in a good mood, I'm gonna disassemble it and try something else.
So, I have polished all the shiny parts ( the pickups )