|We chose to build a mold as described in Jonathan Kinkead's book "Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar." To begin the process Dominic cut a template of half the body of the guitar from plywood. Here he is seen doing some final shaping of the plywood template. (We visited a friends workshop to use his router table for this work.)|
Using the plywood template a Plexiglas template was cut using a router with a flush cut bit. The reasons for building the Plexiglas template were to give Dominic some experience using templates and routers and also to provide a nice tool for viewing suitable top and back wood.
|To build the mold, four pieces of 3/4" plywood were screwed together. The Plexiglas template was used to transfer the shape to the wood which was then cut on the bandsaw.|
|This process resulted in four pieces of wood which exactly represent the shape of the body.|
|To build the mold the four pieces of plywood were spaced with 2" blocks along the outline of the body.|
|A view of the blocks placed around the perimeter of the body prior to attaching the other side of the mold.|
|The completed mold halves.|
|The completed mold. Note tabs at the ends of the mold which are bolted together during construction.|
The completed mold with clamping caul.
The completed mold with side clamps.