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  1. ScottR

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Hopefully not spalted. SR
  2. Yep, that will do. SR
  3. ScottR

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Except when it's red. SR
  4. I've always enjoined the "tonewood" discussions over the years. There are so many opinions and beliefs.... SR
  5. Yes. I think it has a nick name of Mexican Royal Ebony and seems to work similarly to ebony. It would probably make a great fretboard. I seem to remember @KnightroExpress made a whole neck from it at least once. SR
  6. Katalox is heavy isn't it? SR
  7. ScottR

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    At which point it would be a bad idea to sneeze. SR
  8. Did you actually show Ewan this stage? SR
  9. ScottR

    Hi - Starting building #6

    Something about exotic offcuts that dogs can't seem to get enough of. My own dogs have been known to bomb a photo or two themselves. SR
  10. ScottR

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    He'd be liable to burst a stitch or two trying to blast pass that... SR
  11. ScottR

    Hi - Starting building #6

    Ah. I cannot see that from the pix. The split will not be quite as easy to hide, but you will probably still get away with it. Carving will help. If it bugs you severely, you can inlay a center stripe over the top of it. I meant to ask, what kind of dog do you have? Dogs rock! SR
  12. ScottR

    JimF's First Build!

    For sure, ebony slots need to be cambered. The stuff is so hard and brittle, the barbs barely make an impression on it...unless you try to pull them out. Chips galore then. SR
  13. ScottR

    SG Respin

    Man, you nailed radioactive slime green with that one. Do you have white underneath a transparent neon green to get that look? SR
  14. Wow, you've had wookie parts for a long time. I forgot how nice that looks. And I forgot the accent lines you built into the body. Is Robo-Rad still running nicely? SR
  15. ScottR

    Hi - Starting building #6

    That is an awesome wood combination. I did tell you that ziricote often becomes possessed by evil spirits (demons). I see they did not wait long to take over your piece. I think you can get away with the glue and dust thing on that piece of wood. Also, it you are going to carve it, the carve will likely take at least part of it down below the gap. A word of caution when it comes finishing time. Ziricote will soak up oil and darken to the point that all the variations and striping will become difficult to see. Lacquer does not do that, and there may be other finishes that do not darken as well. Be sure to test on scrap, lest you lose everything that makes ziricote look so cool. SR
  16. When I finished the Domestic Singlecut, I did a little traveling and then I came home and cleaned the garage....a little. Then I did some yard work and then put off a bunch more....and generally wandered around like a lost soul because I was not working on a build. I kept noticing a glued up mess that I'd made during the Stripy Doublecut build. I had bookmatched some Zebra wood and the lower bearings on my blade had loosened up and I had some terrible blade wander. I glued the thing up anyway, and then decided there was no way I was going to use it on that build. So to stop the wandering around I pulled it out and leveled both sides. Between the horrible cuts and the cupping, I lost more than a third of the thickness. But it was still a little thicker than a drop top and that made me think it might work for a tele. Except I don't like to do pure replicas. I decided this would have a tele silhouette, and my own contours and stuff. So I cut a body out of some leftover ash. And I remembered really likeing the feel of the osage orange in the neck of the domestic singlecut, so I got some of that and some katalox to make a neck out of. I now I have a build to work on and make me happy! I did not take my usual pile of lumber and prep work pics, so we start with an ash body and the zebrano top....and neck lumber. I cut up and prepped the neck lumber and can provide this proof of clamps picture. I sliced off a piece of leftover ebony and trued it up and cut some fret slots in it. while the neck was in the clamps. And then I trued up the neck bland and cut the headstock angle. And cleaned that up and routed a truss rod slot. SR
  17. ScottR

    Not Quite A Tele...

    I am having a banner year for builds. One of my main build goals is to make the neck join/heel tactiley invisible. SR
  18. ScottR

    Is this Bubinga?

    Interlocked grain is indeed prone to tear outs. Every inch or so it is in the right direction for routing and the in between inches are a bitch. SR
  19. ScottR

    Not Quite A Tele...

    I had some minor leakage. I learned during my last build that dye does not go deep enough into Osage orange pores to remain after finish sanding. It did not look good dyed either. Beginning the sand back process. I've begun the pore filling process....but pix will have to wait till next week. SR
  20. ScottR

    Not Quite A Tele...

    Saturday was the one day a year I sacrifice to go shopping with the wife. So progress has been limited to what I could do in my cold garage today. I'm staining the pores almost black on the body and headstock cap. SR
  21. ScottR

    Black Limba Flying V

    I thought OH CRAP!, but I see the 12th inlay survived. I presume Gandolph can read those runes? SR They look great BTY. sr
  22. Over the last few years, I've been exploring the craft brews that are sooooo much better than the old American stand bys we grew up with. No wonder the Europeans made fun of our weak bland beer.....but we had so few options back then. Not so now. Earlier this year Maul got me on a search for Pliny the Elder. I have not found it yet. It does not come to Texas. It does come to Colorado, and I conducted a search in Crested Butte while I was there. It turns out only one place there gets it from time to time and it goes fast. They told me the keg ran dry two days before I got there. I did learn that there are many great brews out there waiting to be tried.....there are over 2000 craft brewers in the states now. So happily I am trying all that look appealing. I thought those of us that appreciate this sort of thing could post up the stuff we run across to share with the others. Maybe I've tried something you saw but hadn't checked out yet and pass on my thoughts if so asked....and vice versa. So here's the first few that I've collected: Stone IPA Stone Ruination IPA Odells IPA--one of my favorites! Lagunitas IPA SR
  23. ScottR

    Not Quite A Tele...

    I have some cheap rasps that get a little use in the neck carve. No name brand, nothing special....although I've always thought it would be fun to try a high end rasp like @Prosthetaoccasionally talks about. I made a rasp out of used band saw blades that removes wood very quickly that I use to rough shape my necks with. It is not for fine work, but it does a fine job of shredding wood quickly. This top wasn't thick enough to trust to that thing. I've come to like the soft rounded carves on tops best. My earliest builds featured a re-curved top or two and they look great, but they create a hard sharp edge for your forearm to ride on. The soft curved tops came from a desire for comfort. SR
  24. That's currently set up for slide..... SR
  25. ScottR

    Not Quite A Tele...

    The back? It was roughed in with a right angle sander and a random orbital sander, and cleaned up with that long sanding block pictured, and a foam block that comes with micromesh with a piece of .020" polycarbonate adhered to one side. That flexes enough to get into all the concave areas and is still hard enough to not leave ripples over the grain changes. The neck join was carved with hand gouges and cleaned up with the various sized drums from my spindle sander and foam sanding blocks. The front was rough carved with hand gouges and then subjected to the same treatment as the back. SR