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  1. 4 points
    Just a different shot showing off the shape of the top. Very minor ripples and orange peel remain at this point and should wet sand flat with minimal effort. When shooting, I give the last build coats a full day to harden and then sand them flat using my random orbital sander and a 600 grit sanding disk. This literally takes maybe 5 minutes. Then shoot a final coat of clear thats thinned a lot so that it flows out nice and flat, and completely fills the scratches left by the 600 grit sanding. This 5 minutes of work at this stage saves hours of wet sanding in a month since I've already removed 98% of the orange peel. Also, I decided to finish the back and sides with a satin rather than the entire guitar being high gloss. the gloss will remain on the tops of the body and headstock.
  2. 3 points
    Loads to do before it's finished but I reckon you can't tell if the bridge is right unless you string it up! So here it is - not finished but strung up: And...it sounds fantastic
  3. 2 points
    update 10/1/18 did a test fit of my pickups... pretty hard to put in /take out but... works! did my neck binding and my headstock binding did the roundover on the back and the belly cut
  4. 2 points
    I had a bit of input on that radius jig design, plus I added that a future revision could do with catering for wider boards. It's fantastic as it is though. Pricy, but delivers.
  5. 2 points
    While visiting my kids in Hawaii, I got to visit Daughter#2's workplace, and borrowed a few chairs. I asked Higgins if I could borrow Robin's car, but it didn't happen ... maybe next time
  6. 2 points
    I’ve been thinking I would like to make a bigger hollow body guitar at some point so did a spot of mucking about/scaled down prototyping with some scraps of pitch pine and mahogany. Ended up with a super light body which has some large cavities in there. Fitted the home made bridge which was a bastard to get into the correct place using hidden screws from the back, all in now though after making some rotating posts with offset holes through the middle that allow some addistment of the bridge position whilst staying invisible. I bought a ocustom pickup from Pete at Almuse, he is an absolute diamond and well worth speaking to if 4 strings are your thing. A bit of fettling is needed here nd there but I suspect it’s evolution is nearing completion. I’ve learned a few things through trial and error but am starting to get the gist of what this guitar building lark is all about. Gearing up for A 3/4 size build soon....... to
  7. 1 point
    so a while back I posted here and elsewhere about some really nice 1/4" quilt tops I got from my new fav seller downhomewoods over on etsy. At the time I asked them if they ever carry any 3/4" tops as I plan to do a lp style as my skillset develops... perhaps they listened or perhaps it's coincidence, but they now have a few 3/4" flamed maple tops so I snagged one and another 1/4" top. Though you guys might appreciate a look:
  8. 1 point
    Well, not so very long ago I would have scoffed at the idea of me building an acoustic. It seemed completely out of reach. Then one of the guys in another forum did a build diary and I thought, "...hmmm... dunno… well maybe!" and had a go. Lot of jig stuff and one or two specific bits of kit - and some MAJOR surprises in my education of actually how an acoustic is designed and constructed - but, steep learning curve aside, I realised it was do-able. And stupendously satisfying. The difference, I suppose, is that - as you know - I tend to break all the rules with electrics and basses. But with acoustics, I "do it by the book!" Absolutely. Every step. Anyway - if you have an interest, I reckon you should have a go! Put it on a long-term timescale so there's no pressure. I think you could surprise yourself
  9. 1 point
    Yeesh, hit it with Stewmac Colortone vintage amber. It was’t very heavy but I did make a few passes to even it out. Looks too orange in my opinion. They say don’t sand at all or you’ll see it. So, I can either 1) leave it, 2) try a light sandback, maybe with steel wool or something-worst case is fully sand and respray lighter, or 3) full sand and respray lighter.
  10. 1 point
    Learning experiences are to be cherished....even when they result in more wood for the bonfire. You appear to be very detail oriented. You may be cheating yourself out of some of the learning experiences the rest of us have endured by thinking things through carefully first. Cheers! SR
  11. 1 point
    You are doing a really nice job on this, are you sure it is only your second build? It's got some aggressive design features too. Very impressive stuff! SR
  12. 1 point
    Where was I? Oh, yeah ...Using the table saw that a buddy gifted me, I made a more proper sanding beam box ... which works great. When I super glued the black binder on, a few fret slots sucked up the CA, and when I was cleaning it out, chipped some of the ebony. Fortunately, it fixed up pretty nicely. Frets soon!
  13. 1 point
    To shape the underside of the bridge, I used the old 'engineers blue' method, but using chalk: First put masking tape on the body and chalked it up, then rubbed the bridge on the area: Then scraped off where the chalk was - the 'high spots'. Then repeated: And repeated again and again until the fit was good: For the actual fitting of the bridge, I used the Stewmac calculator to ensure the bridge was in exactly the right place: ...before I scored round it and scraped off the varnish under the bridge And then, using a couple of the pegs drilled through to prevent it floating out of position glued it using my bridge clam and my home-made bridge wings clamp:
  14. 1 point
    I really like your videos. I enjoy seeing other people's methods on building and painting. I would recommend some program for video like Vegas or iMovie to speed up footage when not talking and demostrating. Will save time for the viewer. I found myself fast forwarding the labor scenes because I was more interested in the result. Other than that, keep doing what you doing, I am a newby builder myself and appreciate any info at this lovely craft.
  15. 1 point
    Interesting headstock you got going on. Looks wild.
  16. 1 point
    The F hole is really cool. I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
  17. 1 point
    Good to see you again Tim. SR
  18. 1 point
    Look forward to hearing what you think. Yup wiring went smoothly and worked first time. Funny, I've been soldering for 30+ years or so now give or take and I still manage to sizzle a finger EVERY. TIME.
  19. 1 point
    Ok so I found some time to wire this one up today, I went with the wiring as I posted above, and I'm pleased with it, when running the coils 'split' (Actually Parallel but I refer to it as split for some reason!) It has quite a Strat style tone to it, and you can do some interesting thing mixing in split and unsplit etc. Anyhow I made a quick recording. The first one is a similar progression running through Neck -> Neck Split -> Bridge - Bridge Split -> Neck + Bridge -> Neck + Bridge both split -> Neck + Bridge neck split -> Neck + Bridge bridge split. And this is plugging it into a song I was working on a while back, just a small section. I played both guitar parts on this guitar. Hopefully the clips work ok!
  20. 1 point
    glad I could help! bootstrap has what i'm told is an awesome tele set too so... heads up!
  21. 1 point
    Hi guys, A little side project I have been busy with. It is the red guitar I made but was not happy with so I took it to bits did some work on the neck and sprayed it white. As before it is made entirely from wood taken from an old pallet. It's tuned up and sounds OK.
  22. 1 point
    Well, the weight thing certainly isn't going to happen if you quit smoking. That would be the first thing anyway I think. Swap out the smoking for something else. I quit on the spot using my infinite well of laziness rather than opting for the stupid method of using conscious effort. Having to "keep trying not to smoke" is for people who have too much time on their hands. I however decided to not bother smoking. Screw that. I can't be bothered to buy them or bum off a friend you know? Banning smoking in bars made a huge difference to making it easier, however I did have to break that mental connection of "a pint in one hand, a cigarette in the other". I had to re-learn how to drink all over again. Seriously, they don't tell you any of that. Haven't really been at a keyboard to do very much the last week. We're packing the house up ready for our move to Turku on the 6-7th October. Most things are boxed up, can't seem to make much headway on the workshop because I need to protect the fragiles, remember where the importants are and generally feel like I'm not saying goodbye to my guitar building stuff....not sure how long I'll be without a workshop at home, however I found out that I can use almost anything at my workplace for my own projects plus I might be able to get ahold of stock overages on a deal. I've seen a huge slab of Mahogany which I think would suit a nice Firebird or maybe an Aria Pro II style PE Les Paul....
  23. 1 point
    I contacted @bokchoi77 to obtain permission to hack this thread. Hack in that I would post the measurements of the radius jig I used. I have had 3 people in the last couple months message me about the turner one model I did- and I have pointed the last couple folks in the past weeks to watch this thread as bokchoi77 was in progress of making one. I have gotten a lot of questions about this and that- the radius jig being one of them. Mine is simply an oversize fretboard radius jig of sorts- made completely out of whatever the hell I had laying around at the time (as the pictures tell- all offcuts of mdf I had laying around, I hardly bothered cleaning some of them up). All the mdf is 3/4" (1.9 cm) thick. it is glued and screwed with inch and a half screws and I pre-drilled the holes. The long sides (rails) are 3ft (91.5 cm) and the router base/one of the spacers are one foot (30.5cm) wide. The radius on the rails is 25 1/8 ". I cut/sanded both rails at the same time. The router base is centered at the 1.5 ft mark- ie- the center of the rail- the highest point in the arch. The bottom of the router base that faces the guitar body is 1/4" up from that arch-so- seeing that the mdf is 3/4" thick- that puts the base of the router at a full one inch above the radius. I would lower my router bit down so final cut the bottom of the router blade was like 1/8" or so below the rails- and it put a 25" radius on the front and back of the guitar body. - but I started with it much higher so only the outside of the guitar body were nipped first- slowly lowering it- typically 1/16" at a time (maybe 1/8"- its been so long I cant honestly remember if 1/8" was too much material to cut at once) The guitar body was mounted on the bottom side of my myka neck angle jig- which is 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood glued together- the measurement of that is 2ft (61cm) wide by 29.5 inch long (75cm). I screwed 3/4" pvc pipe along the length for the rails to ride against. A single screw (3 inch I think) held the body down- drilled in the center of the pickup hole and small pieces of wood that were screwed into the base to hold the body centered to the jig. That screw channel would later be fitted with the screw that went from the back of the guitar into the rotating pickup housing. I wont say this is the most effective/efficient way to do the radius- I have seen interviews with Rick Turner where he said he did the first few on a belt sander and winged it. (they do them now with a planer blade that has the 25" radius cut in it.) it took me a while to do this- lowering the router a little bit each pass- but this jig is hefty- and I felt very safe using it due to the weight and that I had my hands on the router thru the whole motion- and nothing was going to fling out at high rate of speed/etc. but it cleaned up in a matter of seconds with a sander and it sure was fun.
  24. 1 point
    That looks much like mine, maybe perhaps a size larger. Mine will resaw 6 7/8". I haven't had any complaints with mine over the last 10 years other than wishing it had a few more horses when I'm resawing particularly dense wood. Even then it gets the job done. Keep an eye on your guide bearings as they will wear and sometimes vibrate loose. Just be sure to check your set up before resawing and it should do you fine. SR
  25. 1 point
    Thanks! I quite like the look considering I wasn't going for anything in particular. Cheers! Yeah you're right on the fungus but I'm pretty sure it all vanishes by the time it's all dried out. I've not heard any safety notifications about it but I tend to treat any and all wood dust as deadly - I'm also an asthmatic so I use a respirator and keep dust under control as much as possible. Apparently the Tasmanian Blackwood I'm working with on my other project is the worst - at least so I'm told. Best avoid breathing anything that isn't air I'd say.