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  2. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Yeah well, she moved to Florida. Poor me. Lol
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  4. Didn't you use to have a cute little muscle relaxer that lived down the road? SR
  5. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    My back felt really good today, so I got a lot done on the second side of the house. Unfortunately, the bill always comes due. So I guess I'll be sitting on my couch with the muscle relaxers for the rest of the day.
  6. That's not bad really. In Texas the foundation specs for inspection/engineering are 3/4" variance within every 20ft. mk
  7. I use heatshrink, since I have a lot of that for the electronics work I do.
  8. Unless running a CNC is as much fun as carving with chisels and gouges, they are pretty safe from me. SR
  9. You know what I started doing a while back? I wrap the entire truss rod in just a couple of layers of saran wrap. I forget who suggested it to me, but it really seems to make sure no glue ever fouls the rod, while allowing you to glue the entire surface without worrying about squeeze out. Those blue rods are already wrapped, so I never do that on them, but the exposed ones are quite common and sometimes I find a deal on a group of them.
  10. What a cool little tool looks nicely made too.
  11. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Only a couple of spots dropped a half inch, and no rain for a couple of weeks forecasted, so I'll be back in business tomorrow.
  12. I use a small piece of masking tape right there just to keep the glue out .
  13. Yesterday
  14. Couple of enhancements to add, but essentially the radius jig is done: The melamine covered shelf I've used is slippery enough to be able to not worry about bearing runners for the lengthways movement. I tried it out on a bit of spare maple - Pretty good result for a first go:
  15. The neck lines up perfectly with the bridge position and the center line of the body. I was very careful with that, although I'm still going to wait to drill holes until the neck is glued in and I can be sure I'm lining up with reality. The neck angle came out pretty well. I was shooting for 4 degrees and it dry-fits at 5 degrees. I could shim out that last degree, but I'd rather have the solid tenon-to-pocket match-up than to recover that last degree of break angle. Whether the tenon/pocket is fairly "gapless" depends on your definition of "fairly". Overall, the tenon fits tight against the surfaces of the pocket. There are a couple spots where the walls of the pocket are not perfectly smooth, which creates some small gaps, and the shoulders and heel are not perfect against the body, so there are some small gaps there - I'll get a couple more pics later today (though I hate taking pictures of things that didn't come out exactly right). If we were painting this guitar, I wouldn't worry about it, and I'd just fill those gaps with filler after the glue-up, but since we're staining it, I don't know how that will look. We are doing more of a semi-opaque-matte stain on the back (like on this Epi LP Traditional - they call it a "worn" finish), so maybe we can get away with some mahogany filler in there. -- se
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  17. PRS-like project(s)

    Managed to plane down the fretboard to 6mm, sawed off the excess thickness of the neck (should've routed it off, but wanted to save that little piece of wood) and planed it clean and flat with my new mini plane. Used the chisel to remove the bulk of excess at the heel, routed the tenon part of the neck to width. Finally, radiused the fretboard and re-cut the fret slots. I've tested 2 different black dyes so far, and neither is what I want, so I got a bottle of waterbased black dye today to try tomorrow. I want to blacken the headstock and faceplate sides, and the fretboard. After that it's time for dots or strips of MOP, I have both so I'll do a mockup and decide. What worries me a bit is the possibility of leak of black into the neck wood, but I'll mask heavily and go really light. All in all, a good day! 84 by Goran P, on Flickr 85 by Goran P, on Flickr 86 by Goran P, on Flickr 87 by Goran P, on Flickr 88 by Goran P, on Flickr 89 by Goran P, on Flickr
  18. Excellent! Does the sides of the neck line up well with the bridge position (couple of straightedges to confirm), the neck angle play out well and is the neck pocket/tenon fairly "gapless"? If so, that's hitting out of the park. It certainly looks that way, anyway.
  19. Ok, so it's been a while since my last post, but we are still making progress. Here's the latest update, and more detailed build posts are on my site at http://eubie.com. Last update was that we were starting new with the fretboard. We found a really pretty piece of purpleheart at our local yard, and having learned a little from our mistakes, we cut initial slots, then cut the sides to the profile we wanted, then sanded in the radius, then recut the slots to final depth with a saw that has the right kerf for our frets. Then we glued it up on the neck, and installed the binding and dots in situ. Next we glued up the maple and mahogany body, trimmed the maple, and cut the neck pocket. Obviously still a good ways to go, but we are feeling good about our progress.
  20. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Artistic photography day. Happy weekend to everybody!!! Scorpionscar
  21. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Well, this sucks. All the snow is melting and soaking the ground under where I levelled that house. Now I have to wait for it to dry and see if it shifted. I guess when I do that I better prioritize getting the underpinning back in so that won't happen again.
  22. PRS-like project(s)

    The little scoop is done, roughed in with the big rattail, fine details with the smaller one. My new toy arrived in the mail! Used the mini plane right away to plane down the back of the headstock to thickness, went over with a file to make sure it's flat, and scraped. I thought to make a sled for the router for this job, but this was really quick and simple! 80 by Goran P, on Flickr 81 by Goran P, on Flickr 82 by Goran P, on Flickr 83 by Goran P, on Flickr
  23. Thanks for taking the time to post your comment Meatloaf. Although I have very fond memories of The Shadows era I have to admit they are no longer on my play list. However I will always be grateful to them for turning me onto music.
  24. Having finished the Alembic-esque build, I'm heading back to the sister build, which will be for my own use. This is where I'd got to before I put it down to finish off Tim's : Other than the lack of the carve through arm relief forming the 'sucked lozenge' on Tim's, the woods are the same, so the overall look should be similar. This is the start of the convex/concave carve: There's a bit further to go but hopefully you get the idea. Now one thing I'm really, really bad at is spending the time to build jigs. BUT, I've come to the conclusion that life is too short for hand radiusing fretboards! So, I've cribbed a design from LedBelliBass on HomemadeTools.net and modded it a bit and here it is in progress: I'm undecided whether or not to put roller bearings on the lengthways slide or just use guide strips (the whole thing will be mounted on a flat, smooth box-plank. For indexing, I will use a simple peg and hole system. I'm hoping I can finish it tomorrow and so kick off re-commencement of this build later next week
  25. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I have a snowball in the freezer.
  26. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    It's totally melted now.
  27. Nice Wes enjoy sit back and enjoy.
  28. Hi Jack love your story and thanks for sharing, we are both from the same era although you have a couple of years on me, Like you I am not a player but love music and Hank and the shadows really got me interested in guitars. I was given my 1st guitar when I was ten, a really crappy acoustic one but I never did learn to play very well, I didn't get a Strat until I made a clone a while ago and although my daughter and brother in law both can make it sound really good I still can't play. I do try to play it but mostly I listen to music while I spend lots of time in my workshop making all kinds of shit and of course I have some of the shadows tunes on my play list.
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