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  1. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Right?!? That’s 32 oz price. But beggars can’t be choosers, Amazon won’t ship to HI or Japan, Amazon JP sells Tru-oil for $16 ... a 3oz micro bottle. The vise was a bargain, AND got 10% off, so will be happy.
  2. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Aloha! Visiting family in my US “state of residence,” Hawaii. Day 1, go to WoodCraft ... Finally got a real luthier’s/patternmaker/gunstock carving vise. Issue was always price and shipping, so sale price was good (on top of that, my daughter got me a 10% military discount) ... but had to give up 18 kilograms of luggage allowance to get it home, i.e. free shipping. Tru-oil is expensive in Japan, so nice to get this, then the Woodpeckers Mini-Scraper was an impulse purchase. The shop had a lot of Koa wood, but nothing special. Back in a week.
  3. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Confession noted ... and appreciated! I don't want to "paint" the board or stain it black(er) or anything, just keep it from getting dull at the slightest hint of moisture. Tru-oil, or even Odie's sounds like a plan. I have a small cutoff, maybe I'll give the slurry a shot. Thanks and Cheers!
  4. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    The Ebony fretboard is a typical Gibson scale, so there wasn't anything past the headstock side of the nut ... but I wanted a "Nut Support." Chopped a little bit of the unused fretboard and glued it in place, then shaped it with the Dragon rasp.
  5. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Waiting for a Micro-Mesh kit, but got this with #1500 abrasive "sponge" available here. Some folks say not to use anything on Ebony, but the slightest moisture dulls it ... suggestions to protect/seal it?
  6. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    First problem was searching “micromesh” on Amazon Japan ... no hits. Bezos may own the world, but Amazon USA and Amazon Japan are not on speaking terms. Next, ya gotta have the hyphen. Fortunately, I have an American account, and they will ship to Japan a lot cheaper than eBay. So weird how companies will “ship worldwide,” but consider Japan to be another planet. Thanks guys, I did find it, and will buy it ... but might just pick some up if I can find it in Hawaii next week. My grandson is having his First Birthday Party ... a BIG DEAL in Hawaii! My daughter is now working as an A.D. on “Magnum P.I.” so decided she can fly my wife and I there to celebrate. Good Kid! (I asked if I could drive the Ferrari, but apparently “Higgins” said NO!) Just a thought, but would using a quality wet/dry paper #1000 ~ #2000 ~ #3000 accomplish the same thing? That I have in hand now ...
  7. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Recommended grit? Micromesh is not available here, but something similar is ... and it’s not inexpensive, I can’t find and muti-grit packs, so have to choose a grit. Thanks.
  8. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Got out the triangle section sanding beam for the first time, and found the pre-slotted, pre-radiused Ebony board, needed more than cursory work. Used #180 with the beam, then #400 on the Stew-Mac block, finished with the #1500 abrasive pad. I would like a bit more shine ... but don't know how. (first time to do Ebony) Any tips?
  9. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Fretboard at 6.35mm (1/4") was a tad too thick for my tastes, so took 0.5mm off the middle with a trimmer, then scraped/sanded/scraped to 5.8mm. I will later take a bit more off the top, with a little angle toward the nut to offset edge thickness, and then bind it with 1.5mm black. (I understand this is a bit unusual, but hoping it is a "good" unusual. Glued and clamped, waited and released, the joint looks nice, the truss rod works without binding. Now I just hope it works WITH binding, Haha! A coat of urethane over the shellac tells me that the shellac performed it's sealing task as advertised. Considering a light burst, and natural maple edges around the bevels and soundhole.
  10. Yikes!! That is magnificent .... (what can be said after magnificent) if there ever was a candidate for magnetic covers, this is it. Only got two thumbs ... do big toes up count?
  11. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Epoxied the rods in, and made a "point press" to hold the rods down. (Last neck I almost had a terrible mess when a few bubbles pushed the rods up. Fortunately, I caught it before it set, and pushed the rods down with bamboo sticks ... and some of the bamboo is buried under the fretboard) Sure enough, the next morning there we a few bubbles ... on top of the rods (this time), which were seated firmly in their channels. Removed the tape and a few swipes with a card scraper got the neck ready for fretboard.
  12. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    I will be epoxying the carbon fiber rods (these have a round hole in a rectangular rod, manufacturer says nearly as strong as solid) in soon, but before that wanted to flatten the headstock from15.5mm to 13.5mm. While I was at it, it thought I'd give it a small (1.5 degree?) angle to give me a bit more break angle on D and G strings. Also, the neck had twisted a bit ... just like the other Padauk neck, I waited this long, resurfaced, then straightened, THEN add the rods. Worked well on the Limba Six, so should be okay. Elbow tendinitis is flaring up again, so will have to slow down a bit.
  13. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Started a bit on the neck, not shown, but leveled and smoothed the top using card scraper and a #7 plane with 3M sandpaper stuck to it. Next was to get basic carve of heel and headstock transition using a dragon rasp and card scrapers.
  14. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Slash Template! Front is the "idealized" pointy version, and the backside shows what it will be with a 3.2mm (1/8") router bit in the Dremel tool. If I really want to make the edges sharp, I guess freehand with files is a possibility. Another that comes to mind is re-positioning the template, and using my 0.6mm fret bits. Can cross that bridge when I get there.
  15. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    On to the pickup! I was just gonna rout for pickup and screw the ring into the body. (will no longer call it "ring"" or "plate" ... being solid brass, I think "bezel" sounds better!) Somehow, just didn't like that ... looks a bit clunky on this guitar. So made a template for the BEZEL and a pickup rout, and then tested on a scrap of thin maple. The bezel is 3mm thick, so routed down 2mm, hopefully making it look more "on purpose" than surface mount.