BUILDING THE ULTIMATE AXE!
Starting with a pre-routed solid (1 piece) Mahogany body. This is neither drilled nor contoured.
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!
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.
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:
Same procedures for "tummy" contour.
CONTOURS DONE! BODY IS NOW READY FOR SANDING!
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