Project -
Bookbag Santa Guitar


Spec Sheet


Wood From Belize

Gary brought some wood back from Belize for the Bookbag Santa guitar. Wood


Milling the Ziricote sides and other parts.

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Ziricote Test Bend

Ziricote

Stabilizing a crack in the Ziricote side

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Ziricote rosette

This rosette is made from ziricote cutoffs from the back of the Belize guitar (for Bookbag Santa). The dark wood is the heartwood, and the light part is the sapwood (young wood).

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Bookbag Santa neck and end wedge

The stacked the heel, neck tenon, and end wedge.

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Bolt on Neck

For the Bookbag Santa guitar we're using bolts and threaded inserts.

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Shaping the neck.

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Bookbag Santa Guitar


Done! (click on any image to start a slide show)

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Over 20 years ago, the germ of an idea occurred Gary Hunt. He was appalled at the waste that happens at every school in America at the end of the school year. What if all the pens, pencils, rulers, and paper that get thrown out could be put in a collection box, instead of the trash...

Then, the good stuff could be donated to poor kids ? It's as simple as that...

Bookbag Santa is a small, Roanoke, VA based children's charity that donates school supplies to poor kids in the U.S. and overseas, including an annual delivery trip to Belize. The proceeds from auctioning a hand-made guitar built from wood from Belize, will help us pay on-going expenses.
Gary Hunt (Founder, Bookbag Santa)

More about Bookbag Santa at bookbagsanta.com.


Ziricote Back Plates

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Making the Neck

Neck blank donated by Hibdon Hardwood.
More photos on the neck scarf joint process here.

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Jointing and Joining Top Plate

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Shape the Back Bracing

Bracing Bracing


Attaching the Back.

More info here.
Laser cut kerfed linings donated by Kevin Ryan Guitars.

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Top and back purfling for the Bookbag Santa guitar

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Cutting the neck mortise for the Bookbag Santa guitar

Howard used his jig to hold the guitar body and align the mortise, then cut the mortise with a router in multiple passes. The tenon will be trimmed for a good fit.

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Fret Slots and Radiusing the Bookbag Santa Fretboard

First, cut the fret slots. Then the fretboard is ready to be radiused.

Procedure goes like this: Align the fretboard on the jig, set the router bit depth for the initial pass, adjust the depth for each additional pass, clean it up with some sandpaper.

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Position Markers

We cut maple plugs with a plug cutter on the drill press, freed them with the bandsaw, and installed them on the fretboard.

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Installing Frets and attaching the fretboard

We left off frets 1 and 13 so we could use registration pins in the slots for aligning the fretboard on the neck. We'll add those frets later.

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