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  1. First full build from scratch

    Hi, have now got patterns rough cut awaiting final sanding to shape. Before I do that I am turning my drill into a simple pillar sander then I will sand edges by hand with 120 sandpaper and a block to ensure they are as square as I can get them.
  2. First full build from scratch

    Following the project guitar link from Prostheta I have started to make my templates from 9mm MDF which was the thickest I was able to source at my local DIY stores. I will let you know how I get on. At present I have rough cut the shapes and will now start to file and sand them to their final shape. I have been held up by snow and rain as I can only work on large pieces outside as I only have a small workshop/shed to work in.
  3. First full build from scratch

    Still not working sorry to say.
  4. First full build from scratch

    Have done as you said but autocomplete box not coming up. I may be typing in wrong place
  5. First full build from scratch

    Thanks again for the advice. you are right when you say saving a few pounds here and there makes a poor job I have found this with my last built and intend to make a much better job this time by taking my time and getting better tools. I will keep you posted but do not know how to tag you in i'm sorry to say.
  6. First full build from scratch

    Thank you for the advice. I will use plywood as you said. Even though I have built guitars from scratch I can see I still have a lot to learn about guitar construction but I want to improve and get better at it.
  7. First full build from scratch

    I'm thinking of using 12 or 15 mm chipboard to make the templates as it is cheaper than plywood. Any thoughts on using chipboard to make patterns
  8. First full build from scratch

    yes cost was a factor hence the 6mm MDF and the construction from re purposed/recycled wood which may not be ideal sometimes but I need to keep the cost as low as possible. which I realise is not always a good thing.
  9. First full build from scratch

    Thanks for the advice. I will be starting to make my templates shortly, probably from 6mm MDF as it is cheap and easy to obtain.
  10. First full build from scratch

    Hi, I hope to work on the overall finish of the guitar. As I am not keen on spraying, I have been using an oil finish but find it hard to get a gloss finish with it. I hope to get better at setting up the guitar and to this end intend to get proper tools for the job ie. fret flattening beam, crowning tool etc. I also hope to get more accurate when using a router as I think at the moment I am a bit scared, for want of a better word, when using it and I think because of this it is leading to inaccurate cuts ie. wandering off my line. So a few things to work on during my next build which I am looking forward to starting.
  11. First full build from scratch

    Next project is set to be a 58 Korina Explorer but there are a few things such as finish and set up I want to work on in order to improve and make a better guitar.
  12. First full build from scratch

    Hi, A bit of fret levelling and a tweak of the truss rod has sorted out the problem.
  13. First full build from scratch

    Hi everyone, Guitar is now finished and just needs setting up. when playing chords on top three frets sounds very buzzy. the strings are not catching the frets so I think the neck angle may not be quite right. Any ideas. Many thanks.
  14. First full build from scratch

    Now stained and oiled awaiting buffing and polishing.
  15. First full build from scratch

    Nearly finished. Dot markers now in and starting to stain guitar.