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I created this Mexican vihuela using plywood, stain, and paint. I cut the plywood using a scroll saw and then sanded it by hand, being sure to measure the two separate pieces carefully so it would fit together the way it does. After cutting and sanding the pieces, I had to carefully glue each piece together to form the base shape of the vihuela. I also glued the neck of the vihuela to the base of the guitar. I then used a wood burner to add extra detail, as well as a drill to create the holes for the tuners. I used paint to create the calacas inside and the details on the front of the vihuela. I added a coat of clear stain to finish it all off.

All in all, it took about 13-14 hours to create.


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  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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      High School:

      Jackson County Comprehensive High School