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So,  sometime last fall, around Thanksgiving I believe it was, I found myself with time on my hands. My last build was done, and I had a four day weekend with no projects.

Disaster for me....but easily fixed.

I cut up another piece of that super light black limba that I used in my last build, and got it all square for glue up.

My next build was always going to be a brother build to the last one. Pretty much the same of everything any with humbuckers and maybe a little color. Not twins, but definitely sharing some DNA.

I usually cut the two pieces of the body and try they pieces side by side in all combinations to pick the one I like best. This one ended up giving me a bookmatched butt.

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While that has been resting for a couple of months, I played with burl scraps and various color combinations, to learn and plan for the new top. And I picked up a nice piece of macassar ebony at Clarks Hardwoods here in Houston and cut and slotted a fretboard. Projects, those are what keep me healthy and happy.

This weekend I got a package from Northwest Timber.

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They pack their wood really well for shipment. The piece was between two pieces of plywood as well as a double layer of cardboard.

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So this is what I have to work with - my own guitar kit.

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I made a headstock cap and glued it on, and set the trussrod and locator pins so I could glue on the fretboard.

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And I did just that and created the obligatory clamp farm.

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While that is drying, it's time to cut the body out.

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I did that and cleaned it up on the belt and spindle sander.

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The bookmatched butt is still mostly intact.

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1 hour ago, ShatnersBassoon said:

Gorgeous wood! I love working with inspiring materials

That's true isn't it.

The nicer materials I use, the prettier the wood, the more inspired I am to be creative and really work at doing a good job.

It's always been there, but I don't think I've ever looked at it quite that way before.

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YAASSS this is so good. Plus you will spur me to finish quicker. You outpace me 3:1.

That raw burl chunk was so gorgeous, I’m surprised you could even take a blade to it.

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12 hours ago, komodo said:

Plus you will spur me to finish quicker. You outpace me 3:1.

But yours are sooooo worth waiting for.

12 hours ago, komodo said:

That raw burl chunk was so gorgeous, I’m surprised you could even take a blade to it.

My wife thought the same thing. When I showed it to her her just stared at it. Finally she said " you are going to make me a table out of that, aren't you"?

Noooo.....but I'll get another one and do just that, babe.

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22 hours ago, ScottR said:

And like its big brother it need to trim down a bit.

That looks like it would be hard work, how long did that take?  
 

im looking forward to following this one, the top is going to be very striking!

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39 minutes ago, willliam_q said:

That looks like it would be hard work, how long did that take?  
 

im looking forward to following this one, the top is going to be very striking!

Two beers.

Is how long it took. On the clock it was a liittle less than two hours. I think a strong young man could maybe do it in 45 minutes or better, if he went at it non stop. I am neither of those things anymore, so I stretched it out for two beers.

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Andy, I should say that some of your "sibling" builds planted the idea in my head to do this. That and the fact that I had enough wood from the first build to build two necks and three bodies....and I loved the burl enough to say--OH YEAH, I'M DOING THIS AGAIN!

So thanks for blazing the trail.

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1 hour ago, ADFinlayson said:

phwar, so you doing a burl back and front or is one of those tops for another build? 

The piece I cut off is about the right size for a drop top.......but I never make anything flat....except maybe the top of my headstock and even it curves off the top edge. @RestorationADused to do carves on 3/8" tops, but I'm not up to that. So that thin piece will likely be cut up for headstock caps and accents or finish tests, stuff of that nature. The inch and an eight thick side will be the carved top for this.

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Scabbing in a piece to complete the neck tenon.

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I have to know how thick the top will be before cutting the neck tenon and angle. Wetting the surface of highly figured wood allows it to plane easily with out any chip out.

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6 hours ago, ScottR said:

Wetting the surface of highly figured wood allows it to plane easily with out any chip out.

How wet is wet in this case?

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6 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

How wet is wet in this case?

Wipe the surface with a  fairly damp cloth. Plane away the wet layer. Rinse and repeat until flat.

It is a similar procedure to raising the grain with a damp cloth during the sanding phase.

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1 hour ago, ScottR said:

It is a similar procedure to raising the grain with a damp cloth during the sanding phase.

Ahh, that wet. Thanks!

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The headstock was carved last weekend. Now it's time to turn that rough mess into a usable headstock..

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When the headstock is done, it is time to radius the fretboard...and make it pretty.

This is Macassar Ebony by the way,.

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SR

 

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These pseudo-mandolin solid bodies of yours seem to be becoming your signature builds at the moment :thumb:

I wonder if you burn the same number of calories doing two hours resawing a top by hand as you would doing two hours of jogging? I know which one I'd find more rewarding...

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9 hours ago, curtisa said:

These pseudo-mandolin solid bodies of yours seem to be becoming your signature builds at the moment

At least until this one is done....

9 hours ago, curtisa said:

I wonder if you burn the same number of calories doing two hours resawing a top by hand as you would doing two hours of jogging? I know which one I'd find more rewarding...

Considering that it was a two beer cut, all burnt up calories were replaced by brand new fresh beer tasting calories.

I expect it would take more than that to get me out on a two hour jog.:D

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Thanks Mike.

Ain't it crazy how pictures show shit you didn't see in real life.....or even the day you posted the pictures? That headstock is still rough, but I see things now I didn't while I was working on the stupid thing.

SR

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