Swiss "Moon" Spruce / "The Tree" Mahogany Model M - Build Diary - Part 2 / by Tom Sands

It’s part 2 time… which means we get to share more gorgeous photos of this special project coming together. As I said in the last build diary, it’s such a joy to get to work with this amazing wood, especially when it’s being included in one of the two first ever Model M guitars.

On with the build…

Hand cut notches in the rim assembly to hold the back braces.

Hand cut notches in the rim assembly to hold the back braces.

Routing the top - spruce looking like sparks…

Routing the top - spruce looking like sparks…

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A tantalising shot of voicing preparation.

A tantalising shot of voicing preparation.

The voicing completed.

The voicing completed.

….And breathe.

….And breathe.

#dasnice.

#dasnice.

Let’s get that back on and close this box!

Let’s get that back on and close this box!

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We fondly refer to these wonderfully useful Axminster trade clamps as our ‘duck clamps’. You may agree that they resemble a group of ducks on a pond when upside down…

We fondly refer to these wonderfully useful Axminster trade clamps as our ‘duck clamps’. You may agree that they resemble a group of ducks on a pond when upside down…

The router cutter can struggle with the compound curves around the cutaway, and so it’s so important to prep the rebate for the binding to sit in. In this instance, I wanted to be ultra careful about my binding job and so I used an old school brass gramil given to me by Mark Gaiero. It’s great to go old fashioned sometimes and finish the job off perfectly by hand. This delicate spruce is best handled with care, too…

The Gaiero Gramil.

The Gaiero Gramil.

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As you can see above, I also used a razor blade on the back binding channel to ensure the rebates are perfectly square. Another great tip from the Somogyi shop…

Time to bind.

Used inner bike tubes make a great binding elastic.

Used inner bike tubes make a great binding elastic.

Don’t forget the cutaway…

Don’t forget the cutaway…

Bound. Boxed. Time for a neck. Just in time for some Autumn sunshine!

Bound. Boxed. Time for a neck. Just in time for some Autumn sunshine!

Thanks for reading part 2, next week I’ll share photos of the neck coming together. Have a great week!

TS