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  1. PRS-like project(s)

    Managed to plane down the fretboard to 6mm, sawed off the excess thickness of the neck (should've routed it off, but wanted to save that little piece of wood) and planed it clean and flat with my new mini plane. Used the chisel to remove the bulk of excess at the heel, routed the tenon part of the neck to width. Finally, radiused the fretboard and re-cut the fret slots. I've tested 2 different black dyes so far, and neither is what I want, so I got a bottle of waterbased black dye today to try tomorrow. I want to blacken the headstock and faceplate sides, and the fretboard. After that it's time for dots or strips of MOP, I have both so I'll do a mockup and decide. What worries me a bit is the possibility of leak of black into the neck wood, but I'll mask heavily and go really light. All in all, a good day! 84 by Goran P, on Flickr 85 by Goran P, on Flickr 86 by Goran P, on Flickr 87 by Goran P, on Flickr 88 by Goran P, on Flickr 89 by Goran P, on Flickr
  2. PRS-like project(s)

    The little scoop is done, roughed in with the big rattail, fine details with the smaller one. My new toy arrived in the mail! Used the mini plane right away to plane down the back of the headstock to thickness, went over with a file to make sure it's flat, and scraped. I thought to make a sled for the router for this job, but this was really quick and simple! 80 by Goran P, on Flickr 81 by Goran P, on Flickr 82 by Goran P, on Flickr 83 by Goran P, on Flickr
  3. PRS-like project(s)

    Thanks a lot! It's easier to describe what I'm doing in the shop than to properly react to such kind words, but they are much appreciated! I used to use more heavy tools in the old shop, bandsaw, pin router and the stationary disc sander, but the Yamaha and the BillyBo builds were sort of a turning point. Now it's more about the freedom, hand drawing, including materials not commonly used, different hardware etc and it's so much fun!
  4. PRS-like project(s)

    Continued with shaping the headstock, first cut the outline with coping saw, refined with a file, and finalized with a scraper. Then chiseled both slopes of the future volute and refined with a file and scraper. A tiny bit of volute shaping done, and marked both the final thickness of the headstock and the scoop shape and max depth. All in all, nicely spent one hour. The scoop and the planing down the fretboard to thickness is next. 74 by Goran P, on Flickr 75 by Goran P, on Flickr 76 by Goran P, on Flickr 77 by Goran P, on Flickr 78 by Goran P, on Flickr 79 by Goran P, on Flickr
  5. Stripy Double Cut With An F-Hole

    Looking forward to this!!!
  6. PRS-like project(s)

    The snow is gone, but the cold remains...should ask Santa for a heater for the shop... Anyway, between the work and driving my son to basketball I trimmed the neck taper and set the neck thickness at 15mm (+fretboard of course) at the 1st and 16.5mm at 12th fret. Marked the volute and the heel, and started cutting the volute with a chisel. The tenon part of the neck is not trimmed, I should perhaps make a template for that, as it's sides are parallel (56mm wide). Need to plane down the fretboard 1mm too and start the radius. Ordered the pearloid dots, and experimenting with ways of ebonising the fretboard. For the headstock inlay, I bought some liquid pearl material, will test it first. Could come in handy for a signature or thin lines. My bridge arrived yesterday, looks pretty good, will post some pics, but it's block seems too light. I could perhaps machine a brass one or have one made. I already wanted to make a brass block claw for it anyway. 70 by Goran P, on Flickr 71 by Goran P, on Flickr 72 by Goran P, on Flickr 73 by Goran P, on Flickr
  7. PRS-like project(s)

    We've had the first snow of the season this weekend, but I still managed to make some small progress. Rough cut the headstock to thickness with some material to spare, rough cut the neck taper and glued the fretboard on. It's probably an overkill, but I like to glue a small filler piece over the adjuster nut, I just don't like the feeling of fretboard having a hollow spot that close to the nut. I opted not to plane the face plate flush with the neck fretboard surface, instead I used a file to get the edge to 90 degress , so it holds the nut. A piece of wax paper is protecting the adjuster nut from the excess glue. 64 by Goran P, on Flickr 65 by Goran P, on Flickr 66 by Goran P, on Flickr 67 by Goran P, on Flickr 68 by Goran P, on Flickr 69 by Goran P, on Flickr
  8. PRS-like project(s)

    Some pics of yesterday's progress - glued the headstock faceplate on, made a custom piece to press it on from scrap, four rivets used as positioning pins. Easy to pull out and cheap. Decided against the thickness planer and made a small shooting board of sorts for the router and routed the fretboard to 7mm. Removed the routing marks with a plane clamped a ruler to the center line and marked the fret positions. Used an angle and the marking knife to score the lines, lightly cut with the fret saw, and planed the fretboard to final size (43-56) Making progress I think, a pic of the shaving also included :), then re-cut with fret saw. I've used a piece of binding glued to the saw to act as a depth stop, 2,5mm, that worked fine, but I'll have to redo the cuts after radiusing. Not in the pics, I made crude holder for cutting the binding ledge, but have yet to test it, preferably not on the actual guitar. I still have no idea what pickups to use on this.... 58 by Goran P, on Flickr 59 by Goran P, on Flickr 60 by Goran P, on Flickr 61 by Goran P, on Flickr 62 by Goran P, on Flickr 63 by Goran P, on Flickr
  9. PRS-like project(s)

    A small change to the headstock, should look like this: 56 by Goran P, on Flickr and the headstock plate, 2mm acero parana. I've cut it out (not in the pics) with a coping saw, but first scored along the line with a sharp marking knife. Lessens the chance of the saw wandering from the line. Will glue it on this evening, and can cut the fret slots while it's in the clamps: 57 by Goran P, on Flickr
  10. PRS-like project(s)

    Got about an hour yesterday to spend in the shop, just enough to route the channel for the truss rod. Before gluing on the fingerboard, I'll add a filler piece for the adjuster nut. It might not be needed, but I think it's a nice touch. Regarding texture, I did test on a rough piece, and applied one coat so far, so it might be more uniform or even completely solid on the actual guitar, but we'll see. First, the full channel, 6,35 x 9mm 53 by Goran P, on Flickr Adjuster nut area, 10.5 x 8.5mm and 11 x 10mm 54 by Goran P, on Flickr and it fits snugly 55 by Goran P, on Flickr Should start the fretboards now!
  11. PRS-like project(s)

    Thanks, I'll definitely experiment more! I was also looking into Viva Decor Inca Gold, which seems to be a wax paste, also applied by rubbing and polishable when dry, but this seems to be more compatible with other types of clear coats. Dries almost instantly. I'm playing with this because I'm looking for small-shop-friendly finishes, preferably applied by hand, not spraying. Their aged gold seems to be somewhat distressed gold over a darker base? Re: Routing accident, I completely failed to notice that the changed electronics cavity template will enter the recurve zone. Appropriate language followed, and then digging trough the body offcuts to find something even remotely resembling the routed wood lines and scraping it to fit nicely... The other PRS body will be standard size, about 2cm wider at the bout, so the same template wouldn't be able to do the same to it, but I had some spare time for the shop, and just went ahead...hopefully binding ledge won't create any new problems.
  12. PRS-like project(s)

    Some more progress - sanded the scarf and glued, waited half an hour and removed it from the table. Also, practiced planing on a leftover piece of cherry from the bass wings, about 10mm thick now. It turned out I can easily get 2 25' fretboards out of it. I'll still have them planed to 6mm in the thickness planer on monday. I could true up the headstock face plane tomorrow and route the TR channel and start on the binding. I think I'll go with the acero parana for the face plate. 52 by Goran P, on Flickr 53 by Goran P, on Flickr 54 by Goran P, on Flickr 55 by Goran P, on Flickr
  13. PRS-like project(s)

    Just cut the scarf, first scored with the rigid saw, and continued with japanese saw. I'll probably route it to final thickness once it's glued, taking into account I'll add a face plate. Options are: walnut, cherry and acero parana. Acero might win as it's already resawn and sanded to 2mm, and I want to ebonize the plate in any case. I hope to sand/glue the scarf tomorrow and route for the TR on sunday. Headstock shape will be similar to my recently finished bass, but the tuner positions should remain unchanged. 45 by Goran P, on Flickr 46 by Goran P, on Flickr 47 by Goran P, on Flickr 48 by Goran P, on Flickr 49 by Goran P, on Flickr 50 by Goran P, on Flickr 51 by Goran P, on Flickr
  14. PRS-like project(s)

    That would be great, a hint of green would also be interesting! Can't spray with anything but the rattle-cans for now though... They have a nice palette of colors, some for different effects, I'll definitely experiment on scrap some more. I guess it would be a good idea to sort of do a primer coat with regular wood filler to prep the surface first, but so far so good. The MOP binding arrived, I think this will look nice with walnut stain on cherry for the neck and the back of the body Ripped and roughly planed neck blanks were trued on the thicknesser, again with my neighbor's help, and I'll start the scarf joint next. 42 by Goran P, on Flickr
  15. PRS-like project(s)

    Ripped the board and got 3 usable pieces for necks. Also got a piece to test the gold paste I got in the hobby store, Marabu Acryl Gold. It seems to be a water-based acrylic wood filler really, applied it with a cotton rag, this is what I got from one coat on a rough sanded cherry with some cracks. I'll sand and reapply tomorrow. 42 by Goran P, on Flickr 43 by Goran P, on Flickr 44 by Goran P, on Flickr
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