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BUILDING THE ULTIMATE AXE!

    Starting with a pre-routed solid (1 piece) Mahogany body. This is neither drilled nor contoured.

              

STEP 1:

Turn the small NYC kitchen into a woodworking shop by moving all appliances off the counter and onto the stovetop!

This looks like a mid-west kitchen hit hard by a tornado!

NOTE: Lesson learned the hard way. Cover EVERYTHING with plastic trash bags or a drop cloth.  Use masking tape over the drawer and cabinet openings.  Sawdust is a b*tch to clean up, and it gets into everything!

STEP 2:

Mark the front for the arm rest contour.  I made a template by roughly tracing my IBANEZ RG guitar on a piece of paper. I cut out the template, and then traced it lightly on the guitar body for an approximation.  I then re-drew the final shape free-hand.  I had to make sure that the center-line on the top of the guitar lined up with the deepest cut on the side.  (Where the guitar body will be the narrowest.  For this, I measured precisely with a ruler and traced along the straighedge.  Note the centerline in the pictures.

Begin cutting with the Dremel.  Guitar is held in place by a counter-top vise.  This vise is held on with a suction cup and lever.  NOTE:  Lesson learned the hard way: Make sure the surface is CLEAN and even spray a little windex on the bottom of the suction cup to help it stick better.  Yes - this guitar did a Pete-Townsend off my countertop.  No real damage done, I caught it just in time.  But, I did break a nail in the process.

Lesson NOT learned the hard way:  If you have never used a Dremel before, practice on a scrap piece of wood before moving on to the actual project!  You WILL thank me for this one.  

  

  

STEP 3:

After rough cut and shape with the Dremel, smooth out and shape more precisely with the flat file.  I would have cut closer to the line with the Dremel, but due to the shape of the drill bit and the angle at which I was cutting the contour, this was not possible.

Smooth out with a flapwheel:

  

STEP 4:

Same procedures for "tummy" contour.

 

 

  

 

   

 

CONTOURS DONE!  BODY IS NOW READY FOR SANDING!

 

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