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Fig 2.—The mould in which the guitar is built. Above: One half of the mould, showing how it may be
constructed from small pieces of timber. At right: Plan of the complete mould showing how the two
halves are placed together and held in position by two screwed-on end battens.
take can be corrected by either glueing in pieces of strong brown paper, where too much wood has been removed, or, if the mis­take is more serious, a thin piece of veneer can be glued in; tapering it off at the ends which are then glasspapered down.
It cannot be too strongly stressed that the labour and time spent on producing a good mould is not wasted. It is most important that the finished mould should be perfect— the perfect guitar cannot be constructed on a mould that is not one-hundred-per-cent. perfect.
On the opposite page is shown the various woods advised for the main parts of the guitar but it may be necessary for the ama­teur to compromise, as the ideal woods may not always be obtainable. The important thing is to choose the right kinds of wood, i.e. hardwood for the back and sides; spruce or pine for the face, etc.
Having prepared the mould to your com­plete satisfaction, the first job to be tackled is the making of the sides of the guitar.
Two pieces of rosewood, walnut, maho­gany, maple or sycamore, each 31/2" wide by 30" long and just over 3/32" thick, are needed for making the sides of the guitar. These pieces of wood should be planed per­fectly smooth on both sides without reducing the material to less than 1/16" thick.
To "shape" the sides before inserting them into the mould it is necessary to use a " bending iron " and details of construction are shown in Fig. 3.
Although gas heating is advised (for this can be more easily controlled) electric heating can be used—1 kw. element being sufficient. If electrical heating is used, care should be taken to see that all connection are properly earthed.
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