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the a.lee is looking great.  how did you do that logo?  is that wood burning I see there?

also your rubber band toy - I thought that was real.  very nice.

cheers

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Thanks! :)

I did the logo by printing it out (Ink or Laser Jet), taping it over with clear tape and burnishing it for about 2 minutes. Then, cutting it to shape, and soaking in room temp water for about 5 mins. Use your fingers to rub off the paper and slide in place, get rid of the moisture with some tissues and let dry a bit. NOTE-I already had primer on.

Then you just lacquer it over, lightly at first.

Re: wood burning - No, just some discoloration that was already in that piece of wood.

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I've ordered the correct tuners and a pack of pup screws/springs, so while waiting, decided to tackle making the bone nut. I had prepared some bone cuts before, so here goes:

42841154770_a308e98ac9_z.jpg01-IMG_20180911_183501 by Goran P, on Flickr

Cutting to size using the vise as the guide:

29713138787_e271d14f50_z.jpg02-IMG_20180911_185259 by Goran P, on Flickr

Flattened the facettes, and using the radius sander to rough in the radius:

42841154480_1dd012f071_z.jpg03-IMG_20180912_192623 by Goran P, on Flickr

29713138567_539d6bf3e9_z.jpg04-IMG_20180912_192703 by Goran P, on Flickr

42841154280_f50214c0c9_z.jpg05-IMG_20180912_193104 by Goran P, on Flickr

29713138397_8c623c05cc_z.jpg06-IMG_20180912_193113 by Goran P, on Flickr

Then, I figured I need a tool to cut the nut slot, which was already marked with 2 fret saw cuts, so I decided to make a chisel from a nail.

Initial bend in a vice:

42841153890_416b792c1d_z.jpg07-IMG_20180912_193530 by Goran P, on Flickr

Flattened with a hammer, cold, should harden the mild steel some:

42841153600_f88e6184f1_z.jpg09-IMG_20180912_194257 by Goran P, on Flickr

Cut the angle with saw, and cleaned the sides with a file:

29713138057_d149fd200f_z.jpg10-IMG_20180912_195233 by Goran P, on Flickr

Cherry offcut for a handle, angled:

29713137117_b4d297eed3_z.jpg11-IMG_20180912_203022 by Goran P, on Flickr

Poor pics due to lightning, but polished the sole and the cutting angle:

42841153320_a187124285_z.jpg12-IMG_20180912_203113 by Goran P, on Flickr

29713137937_9378cb2f48_z.jpg13-IMG_20180912_203156 by Goran P, on Flickr

Some 5-min epoxy later:

42841152880_41e20b8d0d_z.jpg14-IMG_20180912_204236 by Goran P, on Flickr

42841151600_9999a6155a_z.jpg15-IMG_20180912_204249 by Goran P, on Flickr

I almost finished it last night, whittling the handle, but I want to sand it some more and dip it in oil. Tried it out, and works great for purpose intended :) Will post pics, now to fit the nut.

 

 

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you never cease to amaze me with your ingenuity Goran. Well done bro- seriously- I love how you have a need, then tackle it head on and come up with a homemade solution. 

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2 hours ago, Mr Natural said:

you never cease to amaze me with your ingenuity Goran. Well done bro- seriously- I love how you have a need, then tackle it head on and come up with a homemade solution. 

Ditto!

You are seriously fun to watch.

SR

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Thanks! This was a fun and quick project :)

It was just an idea I got looking at my Stew-Mac rounding file. I did want a bigger handle, but the basic shape comes from there. I guess that it will get dull quickly, but it's a tool for this one job, so re-sharpening is not an issue. I've cut the channel roughly to make sure it works, still need to make sure that it's flat and level with a file.

29732644937_e40308d87b_z.jpg1-IMG_20180914_074028 by Goran P, on Flickr

I can't wait for the tuners and screws to come in, as I'd really like to hear it play!

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