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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)

    Hi! I've got a new project, I would like to try a guitar with a vibrato unit, I did that only once, a PRS-like guitar for my brothers 18th birthday in 2002. This might become 2 guitars, but that remains to be seen. First, I pulled out a cherry board from the shed, which is over 33cm wide, so I can get 2 one-piece body blanks: 1 by Goran P, on Flickr I roughly cut 2 pieces, trying to avoid cracks on the ends of the board: 2 by Goran P, on Flickr and then, a few minutes on the neighbor's thickness planer reveals fresh surface - again cherry 3 by Goran P, on Flickr I've ordered some binding: 4 by Goran P, on Flickr This is the template I've used then - it's not a exact PRS shape, the bout is narrower, but the length is same I think. I usually don't shape the body outline with a router, fearing tearout (and the router itself ), but since it's has a vibrato unit, this is already out of my comfort zone... 5 by Goran P, on Flickr This is the unit I've ordered: 6 by Goran P, on Flickr Routed the shape after cutting roughly, and had 2 issues - the router bit into the template at 5 o'clock, and a big tearout at the tip of the horn. I can sand out the first, and hope to be able to carve out the second, perhaps with some minor surgery... 7 by Goran P, on Flickr 8 by Goran P, on Flickr Freehand routed the ledge (15mm height difference) and a rough carving line, just to get rid of some bulk. 9 by Goran P, on Flickr Started planing the top angle. around 2 degrees. It starts behind the bridge, so it's basically zero angle, angled neck guitar 10 by Goran P, on Flickr 11 by Goran P, on Flickr 12 by Goran P, on Flickr 13 by Goran P, on Flickr
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. Stripy Double Cut With An F-Hole

    Looking forward to this!!!
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. PRS-like project(s)

    Well, it's no disaster, but it's not invisible. I'm closer to hiding it with gold top, as I think this one will not be bursted. I could use my gold paint, but I've been looking into the Inka Gold paste, seems simple to use. Should get some and test on scrap, it's supposed to be polish-able to high shine. Anyone tried this? Some more routing to follow in the electronics cavity, followed by the trem routing. The MOP binding arrived yesterday, and looks real good I also got the truss rods, so I'm starting the first neck. I'll cut a portion of this board and plane it, let it probably distort a little (cherry does that a lot) and re-plane after a while. I can prepare the fretboard in the meanwhile. 37 by Goran P, on Flickr 38 by Goran P, on Flickr 39 by Goran P, on Flickr 40 by Goran P, on Flickr 41 by Goran P, on Flickr
  18. PRS-like project(s)

    note to self - when changing standard templates, double check routing depths........matched the grain well I think, we'll see. I could repeat the textured gold top thing I did on Yamaha if it's too visible. Still some routing to do in the cavity once this has been taken care of. On the brighter side, broke off the feathery crack cleanly, and reglued. 36 by Goran P, on Flickr
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    Finalized the carving and started the sanding. Hunting for bumps right now, but it's not bad at all. Did I mention I love scrapers ? 1-IMG_20171118_173409 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20171118_173420 by Goran P, on Flickr
  20. PRS-like project(s)

    Thanks! I tried shortening the horn up to the point that only 1.5mm of the damage remains, as my binding (yet to arrive) is at least that thick. Sanded out the lower bout tearout too, that went OK. The body is 43mm at the thickest point, but seems thinner now. Remaining time in the shop was spent on some more scraping, cleaned the lower cutout and horn, and almost finished bottom carve. Scrapers are great!!! I'll fine sand the body outline next, and make a simple router stand for cutting binding channel. I forgot to do that first, but that jig will certainly be nice to have in the shop. Not in the pics, I dragged a cherry plank in the shop to see whether it has 2 necks hidden in it I might go with the long tenon, so my LP blank necks would be too short. 1-IMG_20171117_184328 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20171117_184336 by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG_20171117_191257 by Goran P, on Flickr 4-IMG_20171117_200656 by Goran P, on Flickr 5-IMG_20171117_202444 by Goran P, on Flickr 6-IMG_20171117_202452 by Goran P, on Flickr
  21. PRS-like project(s)

    I had some limited lime in the shop yesterday, so I focused mainly on the tip of the horn. Some chiseling first to bring it all down to the same line, scraping to the line and finally, orbital sander to refine the new body outline. I think I didn't alter it too much, but the tearout is getting smaller. Binding should cover the remaining hole a little. I might scrape it some more, but I think that's about it. I might try to splice a tiny sliver of wood in there to close the gap...we'll see. Any ideas? 33 by Goran P, on Flickr 34 by Goran P, on Flickr 35 by Goran P, on Flickr
  22. PRS-like project(s)

    Thanks! I find that I like using hand tools more and more. I have both a router sled and my pin router thing, but they're bulky, and chips fly all over the place. I did the outline with the router 2 times so far, this is one, and the other was my friend's tele a few years ago, but I used overhead router then, and that is very different compared to hand held. I'm considering making a router table, but it somehow seems scary... My preferred method so far is to cut out the shape closely, and shape it on the stationary disc sander and a sanding drum on a pillar drill.
  23. PRS-like project(s)

    Thanks for the kind words!!! I might have just a little bit of wood missing under the binding line, and that could be a problem, but I still hope to carve most if not all of it away.
  24. PRS-like project(s)

    The tearout reduced some more: 26 by Goran P, on Flickr Started the bottom of the carve with the scraper, some smoothing and a start of the recurve: 28 by Goran P, on Flickr 29 by Goran P, on Flickr 30 by Goran P, on Flickr Fingers started to complain after a while, so I switched to the back to rough in a tummy cut with the sureform. 31 by Goran P, on Flickr Cleaning up revealed one feathery crack, I'll have to either insert some glue in there before proceeding, or break it off cleanly completely and glue it back. 32 by Goran P, on Flickr And that's where I am at the moment! I've also ordered 2 truss rods, and I have a few 3-piece cherry neck blanks I could use. I'll probably use mu LP tenon template for this. Binding (to be routed after finalizing the body shape) should cover the tearout some more, so I'll try to perhaps fit in a small piece if cherry if I don't succeed in carving it out completely. Scale for this one will probably be 25', I might modify the electronics cavity because of the jack socket. I would like to change the claw for the springs to homemade brass block, perhaps it would add something. Making it would certainly be fun
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    Some of the tearout dissapeared with planing (BTW can't plane really, decided to learn as of now). Took apart my No.5, sharpened it and played with the controls a while - it works better now, and takes a lot less space than my router contraptions 14 by Goran P, on Flickr 14-IMG_20171111_151428 by Goran P, on Flickr 15 by Goran P, on Flickr Starting the carve, round chisel for now: 17 by Goran P, on Flickr 18 by Goran P, on Flickr 19 by Goran P, on Flickr 20 by Goran P, on Flickr 21 by Goran P, on Flickr 22 by Goran P, on Flickr Pilot hole for the pilot hole for vibrato marked 23 by Goran P, on Flickr I've stopped at about 1/2 of the lower bout because of the difference in the carve shape: 24 by Goran P, on Flickr