Building a Lap Steel Guitar

Fitting the electronics

Making the pickup cavity and control cavity cover

Plane a 1-5/8"(40mm)-wide and 8"(200mm)-long hardwood strip down to a thickness of 1/8" (3mm). Mark the shape of the covers on the wood as shown in the drawings and cut out the rough shape with the Ryoba saw. Drill both ends of the pickup opening with a 11/16" (20mm) Forstner drill bit and cut out the material in between with a fret saw; then file and sand all edges close to their lines. This task looks quite easy but I had to make three pickup covers until I was satisfied with the look and the fit of the pickup opening.

Small springs between pickup baseplate and cover ensure some tension when adjusting the pickup height.

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