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    Making a Benedetto style Archtop Guitar

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    Armed with Robert Benedetto’s, “Making An Archtop Guitar.” 2nd edition and unwarranted self belief, I took my first step today by copying the templates to the correct size. It will be a stop, start, slow build with large time gaps between progress. I’ll be keeping a tally of expenses as I go. I thought I’d be able to use some scrap wood around the house for moulds but I don’t have what I need. Next step will be a trip to the big green shed for plywood.
    Quote from John Henry Newman at the start of chapter 8 (Linings and side braces),
    “A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.”
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    Look forward to seeing your progress, no matter how slow. Kudos for having a go!

    Quote from John Henry Newman at the start of chapter 8 (Linings and side braces),
    “A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.”
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    Good luck mate, I haven't been very active on the forum lately but I'll follow this one with interest.

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    I'm particularly interested in your chisel acquisition strategy

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    Hi, I'm new to the forum but have always wanted to make an archtop. Will definitely be following along with this one. Best of luck, can't wait to see how you go!

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    Great Stuff. Looks like a long term project.
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    Some familiar, and a new username coming along for the ride. Welcome and thanks. Add ‘incompetence’ to McCreed’s quote and I could probably claim it as my own.
    My Grandfather died a couple of decades ago Christmas Eve/Christmas day when I was an ungrateful teenager. He had a Triton workbench and various tools including a router, sanding disks, etc, which sat in an Uncle’s garage until word went out, “…would anyone like them?”. Naturally I collected them. Funny, I don’t remember my Grandfather building anything, but seemed to have three of everything. My Nanna, and wife of said Grandfather, died earlier this year. So in a way this is reminding me of them although that wasn’t a consideration when I began.
    Anyhow, took my router and bits to Timbercon today while I’m on holiday and got a 3/4” dove tail bit and a bit to cut a rabbet for the neck join(about $30 each), 946mL Titebond ($20) and assorted scrapers ($33). Looks like fret saws cost about $50 and chisels will be another major expense. Also got two 1200x596x18mm plywood sheets to make my body mould ($90…ouch!)

    Consumables (running tally).
    $26

    Tools and moulds.
    $180

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    Consumables (running tally).
    $26

    Tools and moulds.
    $180
    I'm way too familiar with that kind of maths!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkMark View Post
    Consumables (running tally).
    $26

    Tools and moulds.
    $180
    Aren't tools consumables? Don't you use them once or twice then throw them away to buy new, better shiny ones?

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