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Making of a wooden guitar with Saburtooth carving discs and burrs

29/01/2017 3393 1

Making of a wooden guitar with Saburtooth carving discs and burrs

Unfortunatelly I have not recorded my surprise when first using the Saburrtooth disc and burr, but I can confirm what Ben from Crimson Custom Guitars says in the video below. What concerns my personal enthusiasm - without the latter this website would not have existed.

Ben has first encountered Saburrtooth carving discs and burrs at the European Woodworking show in England in 2015 and has arranged for some parts to be sent to his workshop. And so in the first video he opens up the box he received from the USA and first tries a rough curved disc which he finds out is too rough for the soft wood he is testing on. And he comes to a conclusion the best tool for him is the sanding disc with holes as he can see the marked line through the disc while carving the surface. To his surprise, he was close to finished after less than 15 minutes of working on the piece, what would ake him a few days working with chisel - which he actually loves to do as it is therapeutic for him.

So, he loves to work with chisels and also has the whole collection needed to produce guitars, but at the end you need to find a balance between classic hand tools and newly developed tools, which can by no means replace chisels, but can speed up the process of making a guitar and thus also reducing production costs and as an end result also affect the final price of the guitar. As Ben says in the video, price of Saburrtooth carving disc is nothing compared to the effect you can get from it. And all this already with the first try. It is true though that working with electric tools brings in noise and in case of sanding discs also dust. But unfortunatelly we can not have it all ;)

In the second video Ben shows us the finalising of cutouts in the guitars' front plate where he needs to thin out the edge around a cutout to make it look more elegant. You will see a comparison between various tools used for doing this and also his - now favourite choice: a Saburrtooth burr in a Proxxon or Dremel hand grinder. At the end of the video Ben says it is sometimes best to use a combination of all the tools. And he adds the only tool never to be left out is a sharp scraper as it is much better than sandpaper. Well this last statement is something I will have to try out.

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