- 20 April 2013 at 11:19 am #11167
I would class myself as a novice at working wood despite recently making 2 electric guitars on a course with guidance and instruction (Bailey Guitars – in Scotland) . However, without those courses I don’t think I would have ventured towards working wood with hand tools. Those guitars were built with a lot of machinery which I don’t have at home. I wanted to create the same sense of achievement at home and realised building a guitar on my own required better skills and knowledge than I had.
At the end of last year, I discovered Paul Sellers and the master class site – I’m fascinated to learn about this craft…every Wednesday is a highlight in my week. After seeing the Dovetail Box project, I wanted to build a box. Fortunately, my partner gave the excuse to do it – she loves to spin and ply her own wool but her plying ‘tools’ were make-shift and unusable resulting in several expletives. So I set myself on a mission to provide a more functional solution….here’s the result.
Wood is Sapele which I found quite difficult to work with – the grain appears to be irregular and I had trouble with tear out…but it’s finished 🙂
My partner is more pleased with it than myself but I am proud to have completed it.
You must be logged in to access attached files.20 April 2013 at 11:30 am #11172Dave RiendeauParticipant
Kevin, thats an excellent piece of work, its not what I would call a novice attempt 🙂
-Canada20 April 2013 at 2:55 pm #11175Steve FollisParticipant
Nice job Kevin!! Did you do the inlay work as well?
Memphis, Tennessee20 April 2013 at 3:49 pm #11178
Did the inlay work myself, but its not as neat as I’d have like and I found it hard working with veneers….more practice is required 🙂20 April 2013 at 5:59 pm #11180Tim457Participant
I can sympathize with always wishing you could do better, but I agree that is certainly not a novice attempt. Very impressive and well done.20 April 2013 at 7:31 pm #11182Serhiy D’yachyshynParticipant
Kevin, it’s very beautiful box))
Toronto, Canada20 April 2013 at 9:13 pm #11184Mark ArmstrongParticipant
Nice job love that thin inlay and motif.
Yep Sapele grain direction can be difficult but thats what make it look beautiful as well.
Dagenham, Essex, England21 April 2013 at 8:05 pm #11208
Thank you all for your kind comments.22 April 2013 at 8:32 pm #11238dbornParticipant
Is sapele the same as mahogony, oor at least what we get when we go to but mahogony?22 April 2013 at 9:52 pm #11243Dave RiendeauParticipant
Dan, I think Sepele is a type of mahogany, there are many types of mahogany from different parts of the world I gather. Some endangered some not. Where I live Sepele is actually cheaper than walnut or cherry, something I don’t understand because cherry and walnut are local tree species.
-Canada22 April 2013 at 10:25 pm #11244Eddy FlynnParticipant
Kevin if this is your first hand tool project look out the rest of us this is fantastic
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
,5 June 2013 at 4:09 pm #13068Adam DrysdaleParticipant
Hell’s teeth! That’s impressive. You certainly don’t appear to be a novice!
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