Day 23 & 24 : Worked 2 days to make the joints fit perfectly. A very precise job.
Talking about a joint here means the connection between two different wooden parts of the instrument: the neck and the body. It is a very important item covering strenght and stability. The body is tilted 4° backwards and 2° downwards according to the neck’s axis. This doesn’t make it more easy.
Here is the translation of “how to make mizrab” section taken from an old “teach yourself sitar” manual.
Or, try this alternative animated demonstration .
Found some pictures of my Martin 01, which I made at CMB, Puurs, 1998 – 2000.
The guitar has a beautiful head of walnutroot-veneer.
As it was my first own built acoustic instrument, it took me 2 years to finish it. Body made out of rosewood, cedar top plate, Honduras mahogany neck and fretboard in ebony. Rosette with abalone…
Day 16, 17 & 18 : Cutting out these 2 necks is very tough. The African mahoganies texture changes frequently it’s direction. One of the necks is cut out with a miller.
Day 13 & 14 : Working on the neck’s backside profile. Drawing the second cut’s borders and removing the wood. Drawing the neck’s inside borders and cutting out the wood with a gouge.
Day 15 : Continuing the neck’s cutting out.
The neck’s backside is now made of 7 surfaces. I didn’t touch the border between the neck and head to be able to clamp the piece.
First neck’s cut out is completed.