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Old 07-24-2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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Carousel's Carved Top Tutorial

Step one: Route the edge of your guitar 1/4th inch in and route 1/4th of an inch deep(this can be changed, the reason i am going for this is that it will have natural binding when it is completed)

Step two: Mark your carve.

To achieve the marks that i have on that guitar i simply measured as far into the body as i wanted the carve to go about every inch (or less depending on location, if its on a curve obviously the marks will have to be closer.) After the marks are made i connect the dots.
That leaves me with something like this




I then proceed to hand draw the cutaway carve.

That is the fully drawn out carve.
Step Three: Rough carve the body using carving tools.

I use that one because its nice and wide and leaves smaller marks to sand down later.
NOTE:Always use a mallet when carving
I simply knock away the wood from the line(at the angle the line is going) to the edge(where the route is.) The first carve from the line to the edge that you do is the hardest and most important of all the carves because it gives you something to judge what angle you hold at. I slowly knock away at my first carve to ensure that i have the right angle
(the above pic also shows the first cut)
After that its pretty easy, you just keep knocking using that as something to base what angle you hold your tool at.

Step four: Sanding out the gouges. to do this i use my random orbital sander with 40 grit and then i go to 120 to smooth it out. its not that hard just make sure you dont take too much off because it goes down FAST





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P.S. Please feel free to comment on any information that may be missing in this tutorial. I chose to post this carve because it is a basic carve that is pretty popular. There are obviously different ways to carve so that you can achieve different results. I'd be happy to answer any carving questions.

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Old 07-24-2008, 08:08 PM   #2
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this is awsome, your carves are the best ive seen.
did you have some form of template for the route or did you freehand it ?
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:24 PM   #3
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^ I imagine you could use some kind of bearing binding bit.

Brilliant Carousel, thank you!

I was wondering how to do a more shallow carve, this guitar seems almost like an arch top.

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Old 07-24-2008, 08:43 PM   #4
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^ that would actually be extremely easy. because you dont have a flat ridge on the edge all you would need to do is either rasp it down, or go about it the same way i went about this except take out the first step.
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admbwr: I used a bearing bit to route the step.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:19 PM   #6
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awsome, im going to use this technique on my build then.
how thick of a top did you use on that one in the tutorial ?
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:33 PM   #7
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carousel182, you need to post the whole thing in the stickied thread!

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:05 PM   #8
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around 1/2 inch thickness on the top.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:16 PM   #9
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If you want to do it fast use a router and a palm sander.

















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Old 07-24-2008, 10:19 PM   #10
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takes me like 30-45 minutes.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:25 PM   #11
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cool. takes me about the same
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Hmmm I'm thinking of doing a neck carving tutorial as well, anyone interested? also i can do tutorials for sg bevels, tummy cuts etc...

let me know if your interested, ill post tutorials on all things having to do with carving (im constantly building so next time i do any carves i can easily snap some pictures for you and explain my methods.)
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the SG bevels yeah, tummy cuts and neck carving are pretty straight forward. there are 1000 ways to carve a neck, i use an angle grinder and a file. ormsby uses a file and a spokeshave, etc.
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I would love a neck carving tutorial.

I need to know exactly what tools can be used, and how to do it.

Great tutorial, too!
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Yeaaaa definitely true tummy cuts and neck carving are very easy, but sometimes its good for beginners to see a couple ways of doing it. I do my SG bevels with rasps and files.. You could easily do them with a spoke shave as well but i have some nice rasps that make the job easy.
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i will make a youtube video of me carving my next neck. we should just have a UG youtube thread.
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Absolutely! A collection of youtube tutorials.

This needs to happen, I'll PM xifr.
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Hmmm I'm thinking of doing a neck carving tutorial as well, anyone interested?
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DUDE!
Thank you

And yes, neck carving tutorial. PLEASE
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:52 AM   #20
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i would like a tutorial on everything you know.
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