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Cheers RestorationAD, cheers Betteroffshred, the Destroyer is a great shape. I sanded the top today, the black mark where the glue reacted with the clamp took a while to come out. Wiped it down with metho to check the grain.

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Yesterday afternoon the chunk of wood was a little bit thick at 47 mm

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so I took a bit off using the router and my very simple jig

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looking rough at this point

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but it's the right thickness, and lost a bit of weight, and realized at this point. &*#! I have lost the nut of the bolt on my calipers again.

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Then to sand it flat I used 6 sheets of sandpaper on a piece of mdf and got a great workout from rubbing the body over it

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to test it I lifted up one end and placed it back on marble, heard the phut sound as the two flat surfaces came together,

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Got most of the sanding done on the sides today

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I haven't made a copy guitar for a long time, but it won't be a complete duplication I will make some small changes

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Nearly time to put the body to one side and start work on the neck

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The bridge came in from in from Ohio really quickly

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Kicking back watching Radio Birdman as guest programmers on the video clip program called Rage, Radio Birdman are doing a tour but did not include Chris Masuak, what the %@#$ ?????? is up with that?

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Love the obvious statement on the bottle

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Is this going to end up Cherry Red?

SR

Yes, I love the old 80's Destroyers like this,

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but the wood grain on this is great

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So I will go for a similar finish as my last red guitar, hoping to get lots of chatoyance, and a toffee apple colour.

Here's the fretboard blank

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its about 7.7 mm thick

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so it will need thinned a bit first

The truss rod arrived yesterday

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along with the frets

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Yeah, the quotation marks give extra assurance, I was also relieved to find out my toggle cap was 100% pure and builders had signed off on the approval papers

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I learnt how to make a guitar by reading the posts here on projectguitar and reading Melvyn Hiscock's awesome book that I got from the library. The unanimous advice was plan before you cut. I will never buy a plan, working it out yourself and drawing is relaxing.

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I thought I would have a go at an angled headstock for the first time, for something different to do. I worked out the dimensions of the triangle needed for the lean back. When I was at school my teachers should have told me I could use geometry to build guitars I would have been much more motivated. I sketched up a plan for a scarf cut jig, can you spot the obvious mistake I made at this point?

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I drilled out a body offcut with a 16 mm spade bit to make the jig

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I put dowels in the holes, I still haven't realized my mistake at this point

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Marked up a practice neck, managed to put the wrong diagonal in

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Fixed up my mistake on the jig, you probably noticed the alignment dowel on the lower left was in the wrong spot, aligned the cut

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and clamped down

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Scarf joints can be intimidating and there are many way to cut them. I found that what works best for me in terms of speed and precision is to rough cut it on the bandsaw and clean up on the jointer using an angled sled.

I might do a thread about it some day but I think that some here do the same thing.

That truss rod looks nice. Where did you get it? I need to order about 10.

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First time I've seen a scarf cut like that. Clever.

That truss rod is interesting. Who makes it?

He already answered that and posted the link right above.

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My Lord, would you look at the math in that plan. You came out with a very clever jig too.

SR

:D I had to relearn the trig at mathsisfun.com, amazing how things come back with revision. I was pleasantly surprised that the jig worked out, I will use it on the rock maple soon.

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First time I've seen a scarf cut like that. Clever.

That truss rod is interesting. Who makes it?

Cheers, next job is to make the sanding jig to clean up the ends,

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The truss rod has some nice curves, and should fit perfectly into a 6mm channel, you can get them from guitaraust.com.au

today, I cut the end of the rock maple plank for the neck with my new hand saw,

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then used the same saw to cut off a 64 mm strip

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then measured 62 mm all along the strip

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First time I've seen a scarf cut like that. Clever.

That truss rod is interesting. Who makes it?

He already answered that and posted the link right above.

:D Hey killemall, my goldfish memory had already forgotten,

hey your latest guitar looks wicked, it's a metal machine

Cleaning up the hand cut on the neck piece with the router

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next step is to cut the scarf,

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The oblong cover plate arrived from Canada, with an amazing assortment of stamps, really like the whales

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Squaring up two sides of the fretboard

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I was going well on the sanding sled sides, until the router started going wherever it wanted, and took some chunks out of the straight edge template and the sled sides, I filled those holes in with wood putty.

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This is the culprit, the thread is stripped on the handle that holds the depth of the plunge, so the template following roller slipped off the template

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I've ordered a new one from England.

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The oblong cover plate arrived from Canada, with an amazing assortment of stamps, really like the whales

I've ordered a new one from England.

Man, you are an equal opportunity international shopper!

SR

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The oblong cover plate arrived from Canada, with an amazing assortment of stamps, really like the whales

I've ordered a new one from England.

Man, you are an equal opportunity international shopper!

SR

Oh, thank goodness for EBay, and I can replace the handle

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rather than buy a new router. Yes, it is kind of fun knowing that bits from different places in the world are coming together to make a guitar. A few months back I was searching for a Vox Lil Night Train, a 2 watt tube amp, I rang about 10 shops, I couldn't find one anywhere. My friend Mick found one on EBay that was in Cyprus, so I bought it

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I made the scarf joint sanding sled today, and put the scrap, practise wood in it

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Sled on the rails

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Works OK

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Practised on scrap gluing up the scarf joint, all OK

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also practised fretboard slotting on a scrap piece of Tassie Oak, not bad, but I thought it would be better with a fretting mitre box

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I'll try that out later

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