So I have been planning on building a guitar for quite some time now. I play some and I like to make things quite a bit, this seemed like a fun project so I got started. A few friends asked for pictures so here they are.
Please note that this is just a summary of the way I did things. It is in no way the only and in some cases not the right way to do things. If you use power tools be careful and follow all the safety instructions.
Step 1: Planning
You have to start some where. I sketched out a very detailed full-scale plan of exactly what I wanted to do on the back side of some old wrapping paper I found in the closet. I put every detail I could think of, having a reference made things down the road much simpler and also pointed out some potential problems. I had some guidance from a book on guitar building I found at the library.
Step 2: Materials
So after a short trip to my local hardwood store I found that wood is very expensive. Seeing that the maple tree in my front yard was half dead and my parents were having it taken down, I was able to harvest some for my project. One of the guys on the tree removal crew was nice enough to cut me a good sized slab right out of the trunk. Since it was green I had to dry it out in my basement for about a year.
Unfortunately the wood started to end check really bad and I had to cut it into smaller pieces. There is white paint on the ends to help prevent the end checking as well since the moisture runs out the ends faster than the faces. After it was done drying I sawed it up on my dad's table saw.