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  1. Swift Lite 2

    It's getting close. Busy week this week - and the end jobs always take an age - but I'm pretty sure it will be finished this week. Putting everything left to fit onto the digital scales, it's looking like the final weight will be below 5 1/4lbs
  2. First Build, so many lessons learned

    Note the router bit-shaped gouge. No idea how that happened with the bearing bit fully inside the chamber. And the only thing I was routing was the bottom of the chamber - theoretically there was only a bearing anywhere near the sides...and this isn't a bearing gouge! AND I've been doing this for some years now and apply all the normal precautions against slippage, moving the router before the bit fully stops, etc, etc, etc. Happily, this is intended for standard black metal humbucker rings that will just cover the gouge... Does that make you feel a bit better about your remarkable and impressive climb up the learning curve @beltjones ? And maybe it explains better my oft-repeated statement 'I hate hand routers'
  3. Swift Lite 2

    The body on this is destined to be gloss finished, with a satin slurry-and-buffed neck. Being not overly sure about the gloss version of Osmo (in the trial and recent build, it seems to be more a glossy satin than a true gloss and so doesn't pop out the full depth of the wood figuring) I've reverted to my old method of wiped-on standard household polyurethane varnish. The varnish manufacturer has recently changed the formulation to lower the volatiles (of course a good thing) but I do now have a few issues with it - mainly that it doesn't take a lot of thinners very well and its self-levelling is not so good. Nevertheless, with my now usual method of a slurry and wipe tru-oil combined grain fill /primer followed by (this time) three thin wipes of slightly thinned varnish using a budget soft micro-fibre cloth, just three elapsed days from the sanded wood state has got me to here: And, actually, I'm not going to go any further - just a final polish with Meguiars Ultimate Compound in about a week's time. In the meantime, it is already perfectly tough enough for normal handling so I'm going to see if I can finish the build over the next few days
  4. First Build, so many lessons learned

    When I get to my desktop, I'll post pics of my latest build...with a slipped router and dig out in the pickup pocket....and that was with a bearing bit inside the absolutely square and flat chamber! I generally use pickup rings for pickups with the standard humbucker-type l-shaped brackets for practicality and for the number of sins they generally hide...
  5. Swift Lite 2

    Well - I think I'm on the home straight on this To save another couple of oz I decided to have a go at making my own control knobs: I got some inserts and a cheapo diamond tile hole cutter Then drilled and cut a slice of oak offcut: Then cut a plug of the macassar offcut. Glued them together, added a MoP dot and rounded the top: Then it's onto the finishing. The amboyna needs high gloss, so I will do the body in polyurethance varnish and the neck as tru-oil slurry and buff silky smooth. I'll actually finish the neck profile again once it's stringed up and playable and then finish the slurry and buff at that stage. However, for the body some of you will know that I use the tru-oil slurry and buff approach as the base for the gloss varnish. This is almost ready for the varnishing stage: Total weight of what you see here is 3lbs 10oz
  6. First Build, so many lessons learned

    For smaller screws this usually works well. It will be a bit more challenging with such a large screw but the theory is the same - you hold a soldering iron bit firmly against the broken face for enough time for the screw end to become very hot. The screw expands and forces the gripping wood back. It is then left to fully cool. The screw contracts again, leaving a tiny gap between it and the wood, basically breaking the friction seal.
  7. PRS-like project(s)

    Beautiful job
  8. Travel Shredder

    Some really clever thinking in this build. Fascinating
  9. Swift Lite 2

    This is still bounding along. I'm sure there will be a big boo boo sometime soon but 'so far so good' (actually there is a small fixable one that I will confess shortly). Pickup chambers. Hmmmm....and my aversion to anything relating to routers. Trouble is, when you need a flat bottom in a deep chamber, and you've only got a maximum of thickness of 5mm left at the end of it, there aren't that many options. So I did it the same as the last few times: Started with drilling the corners, taking especial care with the depth: Then Forstnered them: Then chiselled down to the top depth around the pencil guide lines. Then used a very short bearing guided router bit to straighten the sides without routing any of the depth Then used the resulting substantial and square bearing-guiding sides to safely guide the router bit deeper, a couple of mm at a time, to the final depth, leaving around 5mm wood short of break-through: And then the inevitable premature mock-up: On many levels, I'm really pleased with this one so far. Oh...and the boo boo? OK - do you remember me saying I was going to have this as a single pickup guitar? Well, I changed my mind in the end and decided to go for two humbuckers, three way and master tone and volume. The boo boo? When I stuck the top on, there wasn't going to be a neck pick up. And so there wasn't the need to cut a cable routing into the back wing from where the pickup up chamber would be to where the control chamber was going to be.... But happily, I have a VERY long drill. One long enough to go through the jack hole, into the side of the control chamber and all the way to the neck pickup. I think we've all said - when new builders are super deflated at having made an error - that many of the more experienced builders regularly make silly errors too (certainly, I do). We probably are just a touch quicker at finding work-rounds to fix them
  10. New Headless Design

    Great build and well deserved GOTM win!
  11. First Build, so many lessons learned

    Or in my case, 'Ah jeez Rick. If I produced this cut, I'd be patting myself on the back for doing a great job.' Great job, Rick.
  12. Swift Lite 2

    I have...and don't really want to again!
  13. Pariahrob's build log

    This is going to be the absolute dogs whatsits. Remind me not to enter a GOTM when this one goes forward....
  14. Swift Lite 2

    Aye, aye, Cap'n Sir And so to the back and neck carve. I'm probably about half way through that so far. As I've mentioned before, I finish the neck profile off once the guitar is finished and fully strung up - yes, I know. I'm weird like that - but there's still a bit of bulk to take off to get to my preferred softish 'V' profile before that stage. After just a few minutes with a spokeshave, most of the carve has been done using micro plane blades, just held in gloved hands like a scraper. The towelling underneath is to stop any dints on the top (you see, I do sometimes take notice of your gems of advice, @Prostheta ) - you can see it's been used for many times for past staining jobs. Based on the fact that a number of my staining jobs are red ink, it has the unfortunate look of the results of a serious router/finger incident! At this stage, I tend to do a lot of air-guitar playing I've got some more bulk to take out at the heel / body transition, but the thumb anchor points and 24th fret access feel fine so far. You can see why I took impressions earlier of where the hidden weight relief chambers are! Breaking through at this stage of the process would definitely spoil my day Total weight so far is spot on 4lbs - about 4oz lighter than my previous build. Having a bash at making my own wood knobs - which will save 2-3oz over the brass ones I previously used - a final 5 1/2 lbs weight should at least be within reach
  15. Swift Lite 2

    Having added another two frets with the revised fretboard, I've deepened the two cutouts to try and achieve the full fret access and thumb-anchor position for bend to, and including, the 24th fret. Having done that, I've started to finish the top shaping. I may need to tweak it a bit more once I've carved the back, but this is how it's starting to look. Those who've seen my builds before will know that I add an early quick coat of tru-oil - regardless of what finish I'm going to use in the end - to show up any lumps and bumps a bit easier. I'll be trying to finish the back carve later today / this evening and then hopefully tomorrow comes the neck carve