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Stu.

Black Limba Flying V

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Note to self: Don't participate in the GOTM when this one is finished...

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14 minutes ago, Bizman62 said:

Note to self: Don't participate in the GOTM when this one is finished...

On the contrary! Imagine how worthy being defeated by this entry would be?

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You guys are far too kind, as always. There's still plenty of time for this to go wrong, especially at the pace I make progress.

I managed to get the clamps off at the weekend. The joint looked good, so I shaped the heel and roughed a new neck profile in; including blending the sides at the fingerboard edge. It still needs a LOT of work, but I'm really pleased with the fit and maple veneer so far.

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This time I abstain from commenting nicely since the changes to your previous post aren't too significant. Happy? :P

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12 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

This time I abstain from commenting nicely since the changes to your previous post aren't too significant. Happy? :P

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10 hours ago, Prostheta said:

Right, so what have I misse....oh fffff

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My 'updates' are turning into spot-the-difference challenges... ๐Ÿ˜†

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Agh, tell me about it. Glacial is the new norm for me. That said, whenever I do manage to be able to get something done, it's the worst time to document it. I like the idea of a spot the difference though....not sure if that would be a worthy competition to have, or even encourage.ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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I hope everyone is still good, especially considering our new normal. Just at the point where I'd started to settle into my new job to the point where I was going to start moving projects and tools up, the lockdown was initiated in the UK. I'm fortunate enough to have a cupboard of tools and workbench at home now, although my serious kit (2kW router, bench planer, thicknesser, radius jig, and most of my other guitar specific tools) is all 90 miles away. I have a padauk 2-piece blank and handful of fingerboard blanks with me too.

I've kept myself busy by building an enclosure for my little CNC, working on a router sled, and re-sawing padauk by hand. I also caught a drum sander on offer:

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Fun new fingerboard:

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That's some classy kit you've put together. It looks like the CNC might have gotten some work whilst you did that.

It's too bad they can't be taught to resaw billets. I bet you made a pile of orange sawdust to go with your sore shoulder whilst resawing padauk by hand.

Sweet fretboard too. I can't wait to see the guitar you build to go around that looks like.

SR

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That padauk is seriously tough! I built a circular saw jig to start ~60mm on each side, and now I'm still cutting through the middle of the blocks by hand. 30 min shifts seem to keep the pain and boredom at bay! I even bought a lovely vintage 5tpi Spear & Jackson panel saw, which arrived yesterday and has been powering through after a quick sharpening (rip); my 10tpi cross-cut was taking way, way too long as you can imagine. The Dyson is now very orange indeed ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Well, the saw absolutely destroyed the padauk:

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I now have some backs and tops to work with:

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The padauk body is going to be topped with spalted beech (I forgot to take a photo), and maybe something dark between.

Feast your eyes on the cheapest no.7 that Amazon has to offer:

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Pretty great straight out of the box. I wanted a safer option with my bench planer stuck 90 miles away.

Also, my carving skills are really coming along:

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1 hour ago, Stu. said:

Well, the saw absolutely destroyed the padauk:

Yeah....the hard work is not over when you resaw with a hand saw.

1 hour ago, Stu. said:

Also, my carving skills are really coming along:

Awesome work there! You really captured the mischievous glint in the eyes....which are given away by that twitch in the tail. :)

SR

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Omg every single time I see someone do this, I rethink my self-proclaimed masochism.

Great job!

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It was actually a lot of fun for my first jointing by hand! The results are pretty good too:

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These are some little screw clamp knobs for making jigs:

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The plan is to mount a nut into the top or bottom and then use them with a long M8 bolt.

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11 hours ago, Stu. said:

It was actually a lot of fun for my first jointing by hand! The results are pretty good too:Untitled by S K, on Flickr

That's because any job is fun compared to resawing by hand ๐Ÿคฃย Every time I start doing that job, I regret it about 5 minutes in. That drum sander will improve your quality of life though. Looking forward to seeing what you do with that top.

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16 hours ago, Stu. said:

It was actually a lot of fun for my first jointing by hand! The results are pretty good too:

I'll say!

SR

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I have a bit of a dilemma!

My original plan was to use the padauk to make a Tele, with a light wood for a cap and a thin laminate of something dark between (to carve through). I've bought and joined two tops to stack: one is walnut, and the other is spalted beech. Although I wanted the spalted beech on top, it ends up looking like a ombre guitar; having padauk, spalted beech, and then walnut gives more contrast and impact. If I choose the latter, I can also add walnut veneer to the headstock.

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The next step is to route wiring channels and some weight relief into the padauk, followed by sanding the tops and gluing it all up.

My neice is also about to turn two, and she's getting a kitchen for her birthday:

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Hiding either the walnut or the beech in between the layers would be a sin!

Also, have you tested how they act together with the finish?

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On 5/17/2020 at 2:16 PM, Bizman62 said:

Hiding either the walnut or the beech in between the layers would be a sin!

Also, have you tested how they act together with the finish?

This was a good shout! There isn't enough contrast at all between the spalted beech and walnut on their own.

I'm going to try fumed eucalyptus veneer between to tidy things up; it should be dark enough to give clear separation.

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