Building two acoustic guitars based on a classic Martin Dreadnought

Started off gluing together some necks. Decided to go with laminate construction for the necks figuring that I could control wood movement better by orienting the grain to balance movement tendency. We used various combinations of maple and mahogany. We made about six necks so we have plenty laying around for future projects.

Gluing together necks for Martin style acoustic and archtops.

I used a very well written book to help with the Martin project. The book is by Jonathan Kinkead and is called "Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar." The book is straight forward and systematic for anyone with woodworking/luthier experience, plus he writes notes of encouragement after several of the operations to help keep your spirits up. Thank you, Mr. Kinkead for a very well-done book!

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I also used "Guitar Making Tradition and Technology" by William Cumpiano. Very comprehensive and detailed. I also referred to Bob Benedetto's archtop book for a few comparisons to the archtop guitar construction methods I was familiar with.

For the first time, I used a blue print in building these. I could have used the plan in Mr. Kinkead's book but I ended up buying the blue print before buying the book...

The blueprint I used was from Stewmac and was for a Martin Herringbone Dreadnought. It is a very useful drawing and I'm glad I had it to refer to for measurements and profiles.

Mold Construction

The photo above is a picture of the mold under construction. The mold is based on Mr. Kinkead's mold and worked very well throughout the whole process. The two halves of the mold are clamped together to hold the entire body as it is built.