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  1. Stu.

    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.
  2. Stu.

    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!
  3. Whilst I'm waiting for the purple oddity to cure, I figured I might as well get started on this one. I bought the wood for my birthday, back in July, so it's about time I did something. It'll make good use of a lot of hardware I've had hanging around too. The drawings look a little like this: Plan by S K, on Flickr The shape is slightly too wide for my body slabs, which forced me to bulk out the centre with black limba, walnut and maple veneer. The neck is composed of black limba, wenge and maple veneer - the maple veneer wasn't long enough to make a complete neck blanks, so I've made a separate section for the scarf/headstock. The neck laminates are glued and clamped at the moment, and I did lots of prep this weekend. Hopefully next weekend will see more glue action Oh, and I treated myself to a tiny bandsaw on Christmas Eve (I think it's the cheapest one in the UK at the moment). It's a Titan thing from ScrewFix, which has been amazing so far. I gave it a decent set-up and it's exceeding my modest expectations. Wood stock: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Centre block: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Body wood: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Neck wood: 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 Bookmatched headstock faceplate: Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  4. Stu.

    KEA 2017 builds

    That sure is a stunning spalt! The padauk and purpleheart go together really well in the neck too!
  5. Stu.

    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.
  6. Stu.

    Hi - Starting building #6

    Welcome to PG! It's nice to see more guitars coming out of Oxfordshire!
  7. Stu.

    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).
  8. Stu.

    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)
  9. Congratulations on the GOTM win! I've just logged back in and seen the results.
  10. The transformation from the raw wood is spectacular!
  11. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    I did try them on one side, but they didn't go in particularly straight and still wriggled with the glue on. I could try the opposite sides though! When I was clamping up, I also noticed that there's a drop-off at the high frets from sanding the radius in by hand; it made getting even clamping pressure very difficult, even before the sliding around. The glue also needs to be removed from the fingerboard base (I prioritised cleaning the neck up at the time). It gives me a rotten feeling about the board, you know?
  12. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    It's been a while, but I have been working on things slowly! I've also had personal things to deal with. The truss rod channel is routed, side dots are done, and the taper is cut in. Since cutting the taper, I've found out that one of my faces wasn't perfectly square; the laminates are centered on the fingerboard face (which will be hidden ), and are slightly off-centre undernearth. Hopefully carving will draw the eye away from that. I also tried getting the fingerboard on, which was an absolute nightmare. I've always glued it on flat in the past, then routed the taper, routed and glued binding, and finally done the radius sanding. I'm preparing to make a whole new fingerboard. 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 Side dots in, ready to be sanded flush when the fingerboard goes on: Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  13. Watching your last cutter flex momentarily and then snap is a wonderful
  14. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    I wish I could take credit, but I basically stole the idea from the ESP Alexi Blacky model! It's such a good combination though. Unless I change my mind overnight, I'm not heading back to do any guitar work this weekend. I did manage to solve my CNC issue though! I've used a small gantry with four wheels, which is attached to the cradle via a 90° bracket and runs along the top section of 2020. It's just enough to stabilise everything whilst it moves. Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  15. I can't wait to see how this turns out! Your stuff never disappoints.
  16. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    I saw his CNC build thread... that thing is insane! I have the rails installed - there's a bit of deflection in the Z axis, towards the weight of the motor. I'm thinking about attaching a bearing beneath the cradle, with a length of 2020 and PTFE strip to run against. It might be enough for the thing to reference against and stay level. I took things very easy this weekend. Just a bit of slot sawing, fingerboard binding, and truss rod routing jig prep: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  17. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    This is kind of unrelated... I fancied extending the working area of my little CNC machine. I used 2020 and 2080 aluminium extrusion to extend the X axis and bed, with a longer lead screw to match. The 8mm stainless steel rod should arrive this weekend to support the cradle. Hopefully it won't flex, but I'll find out soon! Untitled by S K, on Flickr If everything goes to plan, it'll have a working area of 500x100mm (just enough for a 25.5" fingerboard with 24 frets).
  18. The headstock is looking very tidy indeed! All of the effort and prep definitely paid off!
  19. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    These are pretty sweet!
  20. Stu.

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    That's a beautiful shade of green! Did you do much build-up, or is that one concentration straight onto the maple?
  21. My bad! Feel free to ignore my previous post. I'll give a sharp 10mm forstner a try next time.
  22. Stu.

    resin/wood composite body

    Are you thinking of Stone Wolf Guitars in the UK?
  23. The finish is unbelievable! I always thought that level of gloss only achievable with 2k or similar. Bravo for the finish on top and craftmanship beneath!
  24. Stu.

    Black Limba Flying V

    I think it gets pointier with each update!
  25. I don't know if this is helpful, but I've seen people using these Bosch tile bites for tuner and bridge holes: I've bought one myself in the hope that it'll drill clean, accurate holes... particularly through cured finish, which has a tendency to crack. It seems worth experimenting with.