#1
Is there any way to create a carved top type guitar without using the whole "Mallet and Chisel" method?

If so, please share. No offense, but I just don't want to mess a project up, and it seems really sketchy.
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#3
Yeah a router or mill is a good way to go. Still time consuming but probably a safer bet than hammer and chisel.
#5
Hrm... Care to elaborate? just keep making passes with it adjusted deeper and deeper then sand the "steps" off?


Oh, Thank you, senior ninja, for clearing that up ha. I'll look into this heavily.
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#6
Angle grinder
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#7
This intrigues me.
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#9
fastest/easiest way is with an angle grinder followed up by a random orbit sander.
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#10
What kind of disc/blade/whatever should be used on the grinder?
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#12
My orbital sander is made so that it will free spin for taking off large amounts of wood, instead of just sanding, would this work the same way, sort of, with a rough enough pad?

Also, what's something that I could use to make sure I don't go too deep anywhere? Rout out a path along the side and sand down flush with it?
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#13
Quote by Tone Deaf
My orbital sander is made so that it will free spin for taking off large amounts of wood, instead of just sanding, would this work the same way, sort of, with a rough enough pad?

Also, what's something that I could use to make sure I don't go too deep anywhere? Rout out a path along the side and sand down flush with it?


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You want a flexible backing pad and abrasive discs from about 80 grit, then use your orbital with finer grits for smoothing out.
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Quote by Tone Deaf
My orbital sander is made so that it will free spin for taking off large amounts of wood, instead of just sanding, would this work the same way, sort of, with a rough enough pad?


Yes, that should work fine.


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Also, what's something that I could use to make sure I don't go too deep anywhere? Rout out a path along the side and sand down flush with it??


Yes, you could use the router with a rabbetting bit to route the final depth around the edge of the guitar. Mark where the top of the guitar where the contour starts, and just blend the area between the mark and the rabbet with the grinder/sander.

edit:^^^exactly how Ormsby does it in the video above.
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