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  1. avengers63

    Bent side ES style

    The temperature is an amazing 75 here in the St Louis area today, so I'd better take advantage of it before i have to go to work. Next step on tap is putting the back & center block onto the sides. I saw the note I made for myself before I got too carried away: cut the control cavity cover before gluing the back on.... and where to cut it. Yes, my history told me writing this note is 100% necessary. The cover itself is being made from a cutoff. Were this not the R&D Mule, I would have paid more attention to craftsmanship. For this one, slapping the cover onto the back will be fine. The center block got a channel routed into it to make room for the bracing. This is one of those learning opportunities on the Mule. The bracing is largely unnecessary because the substantial center block will provide most of it. I'll only need small buts on the sides and bottom in the future. Less bracing also eliminates the need to cut away pieces of the bracing so it won't interfere with the purfling. No, it's not glued on yet. Prepping the back will likely take another hour minimum, then the clamping itself. I don't have time for that before I have to go, so it'll just have to wait till next time.
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    Bent side ES style

    I havent made much progress when we talked last. I was sidetracked with my bedroom & hall renovation. I almost have all the "purfling" on. Soon I'll have the back and center block on and have it closely resembling a body.
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    Bent side ES style

    Thanks! I share most of my thoughts in the process in hopes that it'll either help someone or that someone who knows better will steer me back on track. This isn't my first rodeo. When I started woodworking and lutherie >10 years ago, I murdered a lot of innocent lumber being overconfident - thinking I knew more than I did. THAT'S why I use cheap crap for the R&D pieces. I can - and do - fuck it up royally without losing anything of value.
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    Bent side ES style

    It's hot and humid in St Louis today. But I'll be taking a shower before I go to work tonight, so I might as well get a little sweaty in the shop first. The center block is shaped up as good as it needs to be. Not going for a perfect fit around the cutaway this time. I'm confident that I CAN get it perfect, it's just not necessary for the learning curve box. I'm trying something a little different for the kerfing this time. I'm making small blocks +/- 1/2" square which are as tall as the body is thick. I'm making them from the cutoff of the center block, so everything is all the same height. To match the inside curve of the box, I'm holding sandpaper to the inside where they'll be glued and sanding the curve into them. They're all number-coded with the gluing placement so they don't get mixed up. The left half of the spread clamp is in place as a precaution, and to hold the sides steady. It just seems like a good idea. They might look a little spread out. That's cuz I can't do them all at once. Not enough room for the clamps.
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    Unconventional (?) CNC Project

    If you're going to use plywood, make sure it's the "A grade" stuff. The lower the grade, the crappier laminates and more voids you run into. Voids are the absolute last thing you want to deal with here. Or you already know all this seeing as you work with it every day.
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    Bent side ES style

    There was a time I wanted to pretend that I actually knew what I was doing. Now, I look back and can see how plain it was that I was only fooling myself. I was wanting to impress y'all who were here when I started building. I'm soooooo past that now. There just doesn't seem to be any reason for pretense. And maybe my "warts and all" approach can help someone not be afraid to just go for it, like our new member thaumgarrett.
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    Bent side ES style

    It seems you were dead-on the whole time and I just didn't care enough to listen. My apologies, revered sir. Today I worked on the re-enforcing block for the point of the cutaway. It was a lot easier than I was anticipating. Just figure out the angle, transfer it to a suitable piece, cut and smooth it with a disk sander. The curve extending around the horn was just as easy. Jam the block in to the corner, trace the curve, then cut & finesse sand it into shape. I had to cut off the corner of the mold so I had a flat surface to clamp against. I also figured out the wood for the center block: 3 pieces of leftover 2x4, planed flat and glued together. Again, tone and proper timbers are NOT a consideration for this initial build of the box. I just need to figure out the build process.
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    Bent side ES style

    Well thank you very much. I'm glad someone is getting some positivity from this dumpster fire. I have to look at it like this: I have no more than a cursory idea what I'm doing. I went into this expecting to screw this up six ways to Sunday, and I've not been proven wrong yet. This whole thing is just documenting my working through the absurdly steep learning curve. I honestly don't care how jacked up the box ends up. I'll be happy if I can bolt the neck on, plug it in, and play it. The NEXT body, however...... It oughta be sweet.
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    Bent side ES style

    The pine side re-bent as well as I could have hoped. Now I gotta do some work on the gluing form. The trebel shoulder is in the way of the cutaway block I had to re-position the threaded rod also. So I put the sides into the form... all spread-clamped into place... everything's all nice and even... got the bottom block glued on and in the clamps... working on cutting away the excess at the neck and cutaway areas... put the cutaway into place so I can finally get some exact dimensions for the bracing block that foes into the tip of the cutaway... ...and the whole fucking thing cracks right along the soft bits in-between the hard grain. The body does the same right at the joint, at mold-height. I'm guessing it's because the soft growth between the grain on pine is a hellofalot more fragile than in the woods we normally use. So I just threw in the towel for today. Seems like this is how thick it wants be. I'll cut it off flush next time I work on it. For now, it's time to walk away.
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    Bent side ES style

    You may be on to something here. This is one of the few steps in the build process where I KNOW what the results will be. I've perfected it through experience and trial & error so that the results are quick, easy, and predictable. So yeah... that's prolly it.
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    Bent side ES style

    The replacement side, out of the bender, compared to the first one. After much debate, I put the pine side back into the bender with the "more water/more heat" plan. It'll prolly destroy itself. Cuz that's how these sides have been going. In better and more predictable progress, we have a truss rod channel, and that rabbit got his ears. Am I the only one who finds it incredibly satisfying to route for the truss rod?
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    Bent side ES style

    I agree 100%. You should see the ridiculous pile of cutoffs I saved, or the stacks of this pieces that might be useful for a scrollsaw project someday. I'm just pleased that the piece that was nearly destroyed in the planer wasn't a TOTAL waste.
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    Bent side ES style

    For the replacement side, I found a piece of (I think) sapele lying around in the scroll saw pile. It was just a touch over 5.5" wide. I decided that I didn't like the waist bend in the remaining side, and that splitting this piece in two for a thickness of 2.75" would be fine. Then I started to plane them sown to thickness. Three passes into the process... OK... no problem. It's still a viable length. I'll just have to be careful when bending it. To no great surprise, the planer had other ideas. typical On the good side, the remainder of the destroyed piece found new life as a pinstripe between the fretboard and neck. So THAT'S in the clamps and the remaining side is spending the night in the mold after bending it. I'll just have to cut down the other side to match the width when they're both in the construction form.
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    Bent side ES style

    This couldn't have bent better. I took it out of the press 2 days ago and let it rest. It held it's shape beautifully. Its5nice when so.ething not only goes to plan, but exceeds expectations.
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    Bent side ES style

    I decided to bend the piece for the cutaway today. When I started looking hard at what I have, I saw the bending mold (left) is the same size as the gluing for insert (right) This left no room around the form for the thickness of the wood, spring steel, and heating blanket. I also fiddled with it, trying to figure out how exactly I was gonna bend the whole thing around the form without burning the prints off my fingers. The short answer is there isn't one. An hour later and I have the other piece of the jig. I REALLY watered the piece down well. I figured this deep a bend, like the waist of the sides, will take longer and might need more steam. Here's hoping.... I gotta make some feet for it for the next time. And speaking of the deep bend in the waist of the sides.... It cracked all the way through. I kinda saw this coming. Next time I work on it, I'll be finding a big enough piece of scrap to plane down and use for another side. Oh well. THAT'S why I used crap wood for the trial run.