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  1. If you ever fancy doing a tutorial on your polishing regime I'd be very interested. You do get rather good results!
  2. It looks even better now I can see it on a proper monitor (I always use my mobile for BassChat)
  3. That's some beautiful wood & a nice guitar too
  4. A shine deep enough to dive into. Damn that's good!
  5. Now known as "fake news" . Oft repeated, takes on a life of its own and becomes "fact"
  6. Derail away to your heart's content. This thread isn't quite long enough yet
  7. Thanks, but actually yes. I've done a bit of DIY around the house and am reasonable competent, but this is my first foray into any serious woodworking. That's probably why it's taken me 16 months so far to get to this stage! A lot of it is due to the sage advice of my instructors at the night class I go to... and of course the good people of PG... and the inspirational guitars they build. Thanks for the advice about binding cement - I'll check it out.
  8. That's kind of my intention. The existing shelf is slightly shallow still - only by about 0.2mm but enough to level it out. I carried on routing the pass, avoiding the damaged area, to give myself a decent guide for alignment. I'm using a stubby top bearing bit + template, as I can't use the inner route as a guide due to the magnet mounting lugs. As Scott says, wrecking a template is an inconvenience - wrecking the guitar would have been a lot worse. It shouldn't be a difficult "save". I'm more disappointed with myself tbh to have made an avoidable mistake.
  9. Glad you're making dust again (or plan to at least). I'm still waiting for some progress on your Ric bass!
  10. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly My evening classes started back, so I've been working on it again. It seems a long time since I've done much. Anyway, I have some success and some less-than-success. I suppose it had to happen some time. First, the Good. I used the jig that my father-in-law made for me to drill the holes for the ferrules. Yep, pretty pleased with that. I just need to fettle the ends of the small holes to make sure they align with the small holes in the ferrules and then tidy it up a bit. I thought that went quite cleanly though. The Bad No in not-quite-so-successful fashion, I started routing the rebate for my rear cover.. A slight lack of concentration maybe, I slipped and made slightly more sawdust than I intended. There was supposed to be a 4mm rebate. It's not as bad as it could have been though, as the extra chew is just about the width of the binding I have used elsewhere on the guitar. I've already bound the cover, so we'll have a double binding. I can save that. The Ugly It took me hours of careful sanding to get this template just right, and less than a second to trash it And there at the end of the sequence of gouges you can see the chew out. That template is heading for the bin then. Reminder to self: When handling a router be careful, be sure, be positive, keep a good grip - or next time it could be your fingers! Anyway at least I'm making sawdust again. It seems like ages (and the cold damp garage at home hasn't helped). I'll need to do myself a checklist for the outstanding bits as I get into the home straight.
  11. Great name for a band!
  12. The thickness of the shielding material is more to do with robustness & ease of handling than anything else. AFAIK one molecule thick is enough to shield, but would be impossible to handle. As Curtisa says, it's all got to be connected to ground to be effective - you are essentially making a Faraday cage
  13. I don't know how much experience you have with computers, or indeed how artistic you are. One program I do like for doing layouts like you are trying to do is Inkscape This is a vector based drawing program. Rather than colouring in lots of little dots (pixels) like Photoshop does, this is more like stretching an elastic band until it's in the shape you want it. Text is very easy to grow, shrink, squish, rotate, etc. and change the colour It would certainly be worth checking out the resources and tutorials under the "Learn" menu, to see if it might be suitable for your needs. And the best thing... it's absolutely FREE Then you might want to check out some of the vector graphics on - which you can download in "SVG" (scalable vector graphics) format and use within Inkscape - and again stretch & squish them around
  14. Oh my! I think I need a change of underwear!