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    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
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    You could build a pantograph at huge cost and make a bunch of 4:1 templates to reduced scaling and increase human tactile precision. Or do a rubbing.
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    You could stick a piece of paper onto your MOP and do a pencil rubbing to get an exact duplicate of your edges. SR
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    Sanding and multiple coats of vinyl sealer, light sanding and more coats. White limba is such a strange wood. Sonically it’s incredible. Machining, it’s excellent but can chip easily. Sanding, the dist is SO fine it’s a little annoying. The wood feels soft and dents easy until you get a protective coat on it. Pau ferro (the neck), is also a killer sonic wood but is VERY hard, and the dust quite irritating. But ut cuts and carves very very nicely. Next up is an amber tint lacquer and several coats of clear. I’m keeping it relatively thin and vintage feeling. Just enough to try some crazing techniques.
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    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.
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    30 pounds in three months is insane. Especially at your age. Yeah, I think a new doctor is in order because it sounds like he just doesn't want to do it.
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    You might quit drinking when you realise how shitty your whiskey is when that happens....?
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    Time for me to try to catch up. My problem is I've procrastinated for about 8 weeks, and don't remember all the details about some of these. Well, let's see how that goes. Avery brewing in Boulder CO, El Gose. Lime and sea salt, crisp and tart. Pretty dang good on sweaty summer days. From Oasis brewing in Austin, TX, Meta Modern session IPA. This is very good for a session, emphasis on mosaic hops. From Creature Comforts in Athens, GA, Crescendo IPA, and like everything from Creature, delicious. From Stone, Woot stout. Brewed with pecans, wheat and rye, one quarter of it aged in bourbon barrels. There have only been one or two bourbon barrel aged brews that I have ever liked....and this was not one of them. From Prairie Artesan Ales, No Chill milk stout. Prairie makes killer stouts, and while milk stouts are not my first choice, I still thought this was a good one. From Burial's kick ass brewery, Bonedagger pale ale. Like everything from Burial, this is one of the best pale ales I've ever had. You would never know it was not an IPA from the taste. Stone Idolatrous IPA hop worship series featuring eldorado and mosaic this time. All of these have been very good IMHO. Odell Cloud Catcher milkshake IPA. This was given to me. I have steered away from milkshake IPAs because I have heard nothing good about them, and frankly, they just don't sound good. This was quite good. It was like a NE style with a little of the west coast style bitterness. Very juicy and while smooth feeling, not overly silky like milkshake IPA are supposed to be. BA reviews said this was good, but not very much like milkshake IPAs....might be why I liked it. From HUB in Oregon, Ferocious citrus IPA. Very juicy, brewed with grapefruit. Good stuff. From Storm Peak brewing in Steamboat Springs CO, Chowder Hazy IPA. Oats, wheat and a hazy hoppy juicy delight. From Creature Comforts and Modern Times, Modern Comforts double IPA. Like always, this is very good. Mosaic and citra, with mosaic taking the lead, which is a little unusual. From Monday Night brewing, Dinner for One Spelt IPA. Very light malt and nicely hopped. I am really liking this brewery. And from a new local brewery, Eureka Heights, Mini Boss. This is a citra and mosaic juice bomb. I thought my first one was pretty good, even quite good. A couple of days later I had one following a stout and had a wow-this is the real deal moment. SR
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    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....
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    That's too cool. We've had a few 3/4 size instruments run through their builds over the last few years. The one that springs to mind took something in the order of ten years or so IIRC....?
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    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.
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    quite the ordeal yesterday... was on craigslist for $200 which is a bit overpriced but I've gotten snaked on the last 3 i tried to buy so... started heading to the guys house and he calls and tells me he went out to test it and shredded the drive belt... if I still want it I can have it for $140. got there saw a dry rotted drive belt... ran the thing and it seemed to run good so took the plunge. I don't have very high expectations... but it does have an 8" clearance so... am hopeful it can resaw. Would love to hear negative/positive feedback about this model. If anyone has an 'words of advice' about setting it up etc.
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    You're welcome. I'm sure you'll get good service out of it. The little things on a bandsaw will annoy the crap out of you, but once they're set up they are usually great. One other tip--make sure to release the tension on the blade when you're not using it. It will help the blades last longer and save the wheel bearings. Mine does not have a quick release lever, so I have to manually twist the knob every time.
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    It's basically a Rikon unit with an underpowered motor. I have the 10 inch version and I'm on my second motor and belt in ten years. The first motor failed on my first project cutting out a pine tele body and the first belt dry rotted last year. If the motor goes kaput, consider upgrading to a 1.5 or 1.75 hp unit that's on the Rikon version. Otherwise, the mechanicals are sound and the build quality seems good. My brother in law has a 17 inch Laguna and he can never seem to get it to run right, but my Craftsman tracks well and cuts straight. I even used it to cut a scarf joint on my new guitar.
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    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
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    Because the string spacing is particularly narrow mr Almuse built a Phatbird mandolin casing with magnets that would normally live in a ukulele . This is 10mm across the poles where his ukulele pickups are 12 or 14mm. It is so much louder and smoother than the one that came out. It arrived within 2 working days of ordering and I wasn’t charged any extra for having it built......dead pleased with everything about the little transaction, top notch!
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    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.
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    Thanks! I was curious as well and I have plenty of standard guitars. It really does sound nice and boomy and I like the string tension on the longer scale. If I build another, I’ll probably scale up the body a little so it doesn’t feel so small.
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    Getting closer to the finish line on this one, have coated with poly and buffed out the finish so it's getting nice and glassy (and slippery) The neck is coming along too, the Tas oak has darkened up quite a bit and looks pretty good with the rest of the wood I think. It certainly has some heft to it now when all bolted together but nothing too bad. I've turned some attention to the electronics, I think I'll run parallel switching on both humbuckers via push pull pots. Fancy!
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    Still, beautiful shades. Very nicely balanced without being too dark or too blown out.
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    Good thinking, I’ll dig into mandolin parts and see what surfaces. I started making this little fellow this evening. I’ve no idea if it will change the sound in any way but I thought it would look cool either way!
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    I'm working on that. According to my modus operandi, I needed another project to sidestep the project getting in the way of my main project. So, I started building the RS trem from scratch while I fix the mandolin as I build the tele. Boom.
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    I'm not sure about potential effects of the purple dye, but I find frosting the rim of the glass with sugar allays the bitterness somewhat.
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    So today I learned that for some really goofy reason my Dodge dually takes ATF4 instead of power steering fluid... And apparently everyone but me just knows this? Why in the hell would Dodge do this to me? Now I have to drain and refill.