What is Kawika doing in the
building process as we speak?
Here is the overall building process in rough outline. There are actually 600-800 small steps involved in the building process depending on individual customer requirements. The table below gives you some sense of the general progress for a given batch of instruments that I'm working on at the moment.
Light blue means that work in that area is completed; yellow means that I am working on that particular section at the moment; light green means that the work is still to be done. Where possible, I have included hyperlinks (below each group of building actions) to appropriate pages on this and other websites.
I'm currently not taking orders at this time.
|Choose front, back and sides for color, figure
|Cut and Join front and back, Measure Properties
|Put rosette , Brace the fronts and backs
|Cut, sand, bend, join sides; put linings on sides
|Join the front to the sides; put Bridge Doctor (Baritone, travel Guitar)
|Compliance map for top; tune; match back to top
|Join the back to the sides; install bindings
|Choose, cut, join the neck
|slot neck, install truss rod (Tenor & Baritone), rough shape neck
|Choose, thickness and slot fingerboard
|Shape, dot, and fret fingerboard
|Shape neck more, tape fingerboard for gluing
|Join neck and fingerboard to body
|Sealing of pores
|French polish, 8 coats
|Level sand, 4-6 more coats
|Allow shellac to harden; buff, wax
|Level, round, buff frets
|Saddle, string tree, tuners, nail guards
|String and test; final adjustments; accessories
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