The Beginning

Dominic's first guitar will primarily be constructed of walnut.  The back and sides will be figured walnut.  The top will be spruce and the neck will be a lamination of walnut and cocobolo.

Dominic's guitar neck will be a five part lamination of walnut and cocobolo.  The laminate order will be:

Outer\side: Burled Walnut
Inner: Cocobolo
Center: Walnut
Inner: Cocobolo
Outer\side: Burled Walnut

This is Dominic cutting the piece of burled walnut that will be the outer sides of the neck.

 

Dominic is resawing the piece of cocobolo that will be the inner portion of the neck.  Note the improvised single-point resaw guide. Having extremely poor results using a fence to resaw we are now confirmed single-point guide resawers.  This rough guide will be replaced shortly with a much nicer homemade guide.  No more fences!
Due to the fact that cocobolo is an oily wood it has to be sanded to at least 120 grit (or less) and wiped down with lacquer thinner prior to gluing.
The epoxy that we are using is from MAS Epoxies.  We are using FLAG resin and medium hardener.  This epoxy was recommended by a friend that has used it in his work on sailboats.  My guess is that if it will hold boats together it will be suitable for instruments.

A quick word about MAS Epoxies...they have customer service that is beyond comprehension.  You speak directly to their technical guru Tony.  He answered 197% of my questions regarding the use of their products with cocobolo.

After mixing up a batch of epoxy, Dominic begins the process of laying up the neck.
With all of the joints coated with epoxy and laid up, the clamping process begins being careful not to clamp it too hard and thus starve the joint.
Here's the final lay-up of the neck.  Now it needs to sit and cure.  At the temperature of the shop a full cure will take 3.5 to 5 days.
   

 

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