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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:33 am 
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That white is a nice touch.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:06 am 
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I like the white too - I always like detail work. Be interested to see the fretboard completed.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:40 pm 
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It's not quite completed, but I have finished inlaying the position markers.
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I've cut and thicknessed the linings and binding, but that's not worth a picture.
Neither is cutting and laminating the head and tail blocks, they'll show up soon enough.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:04 am 
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The white boarder was the right call!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:13 am 
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Fretboard looks good. I agree with Bryan, the white was a good call.

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Nice looking handwork, Roger!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:05 pm 
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Thanks, I take way too much time doing handwork, but I like doing it, so my process stays pretty simple.
I got the blocks laminated and shaped. They are all oak and glued up with Titebond.
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I have thicknessed and joined the top and back, here's the top in the clamps.
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The back looks the same, no reason for another picture.


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Dang Rodger!
Looking great!
The Rosewood looks great, Mesquite would have been cool too.
Your neck lamination is really neat!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:13 pm 
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If I'd had a piece of mesquite big enough for a fretboard and bridge, I would have used it.
I got the frets radiused, beveled to length, and the ends of the tangs trimmed, ready to be pressed in.
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Here's a shot of the back after joining.
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The top, back, and sides have been thicknessed close to final, I need to finish building my bending form for this shape so I can bend the sides.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:26 pm 
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I thought I'd jump over and inlay the rosette. Here's cutting the channel.
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All the pieces just before assembly. The channel has been sealed with shellac.
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Here it is dry fitted.
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Ready to sand and scrape level. I'll probably use a chisel to remove most of the excess holly, I think it's easier to fit with the extra height, so I make them a little tall.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:55 pm 
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I love that fretboard -- very cool!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:09 pm 
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I got my bending form done, and bent the sides and linings. Note to self: 1/8" is too thick for oak to bend easily. It can be bent, but it ain't easy.
In the future use three laminations 0.10" thick.
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I got the blocks glued to the sides, and I'll finish glueing on the linings tomorrow.
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I've finished the rosette, I'll have to shoot some pictures.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:32 am 
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Looks like the bending went well. Those sides are stout!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:48 am 
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Actually, the sides are between 0.05" and 0.06", it's the linings that are stout. You can see how thin the sides are where they're glued to the blocks. I had to go that thin to have a chance at bending these sides successfully. You'll see when they come out of the mold, these sides have a couple of small burls. The sides bent nicely, but the linings fought back much more than I expected.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:38 pm 
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Oops, misunderstood your post and thought you said they were 1/8".

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:50 pm 
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Here's a shot of one of the burls, there's another one just like it on the other side.
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and there's a few of these...
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The rim is really rigid with the laminated solid linings. Once the linings are on, there's no reason to leave it in the mold, it has no flex at all.
Here's a shot of the completed rosette.
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I still have to cut out the top and back braces and side reinforcements (I'm using 3/4"x1/16" oak) and then box construction will have to wait for lower humidity.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:16 pm 
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Side reinforcements have been cut and glued. Top and back braces have been cut and shaped close to final.
As soon as the humidity drops below 50% in the shop, I can start thinking about glueing the braces and closing the box.
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Here's a better shot of the top bracing.
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Now it's back to the neck.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:54 pm 
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Looks good Roger! The humidity is starting to drop up here in Canada. Hopefully it won't be long till it's suitable down your way.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:06 pm 
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Got the initial fitting of the neck done.
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Here's an overall shot of the front.
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And the back.
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I've got enough of the pieces together to get a pretty good idea of the final weight, I'll post that in a day or two.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:17 pm 
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I posted a photo of this guitar in a thread about finishes, and someone asked me about the paduc turning brown. Rather than highjack the finish thread, I'm posting new pictures here. The photo in the other thread is ten years old, I shot these last night.
Paduc under TruOil after 10 years. The guitar hung on the wall in my basement music room and seldom saw sunlight.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:35 pm 
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I've got a contract to sell on the house where my shop is, so I'll be shutting down until I can get moved to the new place. The new shop is outside, but it's twice as big as the one I'm in now. Downside is no electricity, that will be the first order of business.

I've weighed all the components, and the final weight on this one should be around 3.8 lb.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:37 am 
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Good luck on the move!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:17 pm 
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I've made a little progress. I've installed the frets, cut the truss rod slot, and glued the fretboard to the neck. I did rough carve the heel before I glued on the fretboard. I install the frets by first brushing some HHG into the slot and then press the fret in using a large channel-lock plier and a maple caul roughly the radius of the fretboard. I press the middle about halfway down, then one end to about 75%, then the other end to about 95%. Go back to the middle and repeat the process completely seating the frets. The HHG isn't intended to hold the frets in, just fill the void between the bottom of the tang and the bottom of the fretslot. I used to try to cut the slots to exact depth, but any foreign material in the slot and the fret wouldn't seat completely, so I had to take out the fret and clean out the slot. Now I cut the a couple of hundredths deeper than the tang.
I'll get some photos up in a day or two.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:37 pm 
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Nice progress. Hope the move goes well.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:57 pm 
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I'm dead in the water for a while, I've done everything I can until the humidity drops. The old place is sold, and all my tools are in the new shop, but there's still no electricity. With any luck, I'll get the power to the new shop by the time the humidity drops, which could be any time now.
The neck is complete and ready for final finish, I'll post some photos tonight.

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