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  1. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    Continuing with my theme of dull updates, get a load of this stuff: Reamed the tuner holes slightly, so they now fit nicely Broke ground on the neck Used my brand new fret tang nippers to prepare the fret wire (this saved so much time, it was unreal) Made more dust Rough-shaped the volute in (the neck is still WAY over thickness, but I like to finalise that after it's attached) Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr
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    Black Limba Flying V

    Thank you, chaps! I've already cut my hand and stabbed my legs several times with that damn headstock point It had better survive
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    Black Limba Flying V

    I had to give it a little trim! There were some little gaps on the back, where the ears weren't quite long enough. I'm competing for "dullest update within a month" with this one: Fingerboard trimmed flush with the neck Nut to headstock transition cut in Headstock sides trimmed and sanded Tuner holes drilled in Lots more radius sanding Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr The 10mm forstner bit actually cut the holes closer to 9.5mm, so they need some more attention before the tuners will press in. I also still need to sand ~0.6mm off the fingerboard before filling those couple of bubbles in the inlays.
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    The Wahlgaard II project.

    Are you rocking a wooden CNC?!
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    Project - RAD Unfinished Business

    This transformation is wild. You've really brought it to life!
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    Black Limba Flying V

    And now the fingerboard is glued to the neck! The radius jig was amazing, but I should get closer to the desired thickness next time. I've left myself about 0.5mm to sand off (it's 7mm in the centre right now). I also managed to get a few bubbles in the epoxy, so I'll have to fill those delicately. I basically did what I should have done last time: Uniform radiusing, with regular checks Squared the back of the neck with a router sled Clamped a block onto the heel end, to provide an end stop for the board Applied Titebond carefully with my lovely roller Squidged the fingerboard on and wriggled to get squeeze-out Clamped to hell and back I'd usually attach the fingerboard on flat, but I quite like being confident that everything is okay before gluing it up. It makes the individual parts easier to work on too. Next time I'll attach some guides down the side of the board to hold it in place and glue it BEFORE cutting the taper into the neck from behind. It's amazing how much easier guitar hobbying is when the stress of work is on hold for Christmas Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr
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    Not Quite A Tele...

    I actually had similar marks in the ash of my first build! Isn't it from some kind of wood borer larvae?
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    Not Quite A Tele...

    There's something really calming and zen about this one! I'm not sure if it's the flowing curves, or the straight grain, but it's lovely.
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    Black Limba Flying V

    I should imagine so I was aiming for a neat theme, and it seems to work! 11-13 shows the nine realms of Norse mythology in interwoven triangles, and then the individual runes for the nine realms are spread out across the fingerboard. The 12th pretty much had to get flooded with ebony dust and CA, then routed again. Poor thing!
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    KEA 2017 builds

    That sure is a stunning spalt! The padauk and purpleheart go together really well in the neck too!
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    Black Limba Flying V

    I decided to take this week off as annual leave, so I could make some progress. This is the new fingerboard for the black limba V. It's going to be left unbound, and I feel like it fits the rustic aesthetic of the V better than the sawtooth stuff. It started pretty well... Untitled by S K, on Flickr The machine even survived a 50 mile drive and continued working perfectly, until this happened: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Luckily I had a spare ER11 collet, which went on with a little encouragement: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Followed by a little pigment and epoxy resin*: Untitled by S K, on Flickr *Thank you to PG for the tutorial with Z-Poxy PT39. I wasn't happy with the results with low viscosity epoxy casting resin, but PT39 was perfect. Untitled by S K, on Flickr Last fret slot milling: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Yay! Untitled by S K, on Flickr Radius jig prep: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Fingerboard taper cut in: Untitled by S K, on Flickr And getting started with the radius work: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Those inlays are going to require a significant amount of fine sanding and polishing before they sparkle again.
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    Hi - Starting building #6

    Welcome to PG! It's nice to see more guitars coming out of Oxfordshire!
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    Black Limba Flying V

    I'm really looking forward to using it! It's very well built and went together in a couple of minutes. The width seems enough for 7 strings at least (maybe 8? I'm not sure).
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    Black Limba Flying V

    This build is still alive, but I haven't had decent workshop time for months. I'm definitely redoing the fingerboard, because I couldn't stand knowing the sawtooth one had been bodged on. I feel like it didn't fit cosmetically either; maybe I'll ditch the binding and choose a classier inlay. I bought a couple of new things too: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr (Ebony, lightly figured purpleheart, ovangkol)
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