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  1. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    Next up - fretboard. Again with the CAD and Fusion CAM model. I wanted to have the trap inlay bottoms routed to the same radius as the top. I was able to easily model it like that but getting a tool path to actually cut it was challenging. I bought a nice Ziricote board and thicknessed it before putting it on the CNC machine. and ran the tool paths. I have a tiny little end mill to cut the slots and am always anxious when doing this procedure but it turned out well. The bit is 0.023" in diameter with a cutting depth of 0.10" and a quick mockup. Looks good. Now I can fit my cellulose nitrate inlays. Cheers Peter.
  2. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    I also checked the depths and locations for controls - If I haven't discuss this yet I have a small CNC machine so I will carve the heel and most of the neck on the CNC machine. Again back to CAD. Overall model - Inside my CAM package to set up toolpaths - and simulated carve inside the same CAM software - Then place the neck in the CNC and cross your fingers. - This is the first real look at the scarf joint close up - looks pretty good. Cheers Peter.
  3. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    The tapering of the wings. This worked very well and pretty low stress as with the thickness sander it goes as slow as I like. I marked the tops with yellow pencil and when the pencil was gone the tapering was done. Easy Peasy! marked and shims added - Thickness sanded - Finished the taper - I made up some templates for the wings. The wiring channel, control cavity cover, and switch cavity are routed parallel to the top and the control cavity is routed parallel to the front face but routed from the back. I made up some templates and used another shim for the control cavity. The others got routed flush. I mocked up the wings and marked where they will go - Cheers Peter.
  4. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    I'm not sure what you mean by is the grain direction parallel with the body of the neck? The neck through is pretty much quartersawn after laminating. A little sneak peak to how the wings glued up. Yes there is a neck angle about 3 degrees and my headstock is at 11 degrees. Here is a cad file - I think it is shown above as well - The neck angle was worked out based on my bridge and my preferred bridge height. I probably should have had it a little bit more as will become evident in later posts. Regards Peter.
  5. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    I'm done with needing the nechthrough to be square so I can thickness the body, neck, and headstock to roughly the correct thickness. I just do this on the bandsaw with the neck through standing upright. I made a little MDF template for the top profile of the neck from the body end to the end of the nut and used the router table to match the template. If you notice the different machines, you have a keen eye. I teach a Con Ed course at a local college and then sign up for the wood working shop space time for a fraction of the price to use the larger tools, Onto the wings again. I made a template for the body as well so I can layout the wings in the right location. They are offset a bit top to bottom. I also made a couple of head stock templates and used the router table to shape the head stock. and sliced up a small piece of black limba for the veneer. I also thicknessed the wings to the correct width at the body join. They are tapered so I have to come up with a good way to taper them later. I decided to taper the wings using my thickness sander and shims to keep the angles correct. I figured I could also use the template to route the final shape. I thought I could keep them square and make it easier to clamp them into the neck through V joint first then shape them. Cheers Peter.
  6. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    I'm not so sure about the sustain concerns. The glue joints are extremely tight and thin. Also it's a pretty small break in the contiguous neck under 1/4" of fret board material. I can say one thing for sure I will not be able to hear any difference. So black limba it is for the wings. Found a nice piece at the local exotic wood store. Lots of character. and a crude mock-up - So while I have this big square block I want to machine what I can with the nice square corners. Apparently back in the 60's they used a V-bit probably in a shaper to route a channel in the neck through and then cut a similar V in the wings. I assume to give more gluing surface and for ease of clamping. I found a bit to do the job, after some research on the correct angle. But first a CAD plan, per usual. and the V-bit purchased from Tools Today - I cut a notch out of the neck through so I knew where to stop the V-bit route and took small passes until I was at the desired depth. and an end shot with the bit - So time to think about the wings and how the wiring channel and control cavity will be laid out. Back to CAD - Cheers Peter.
  7. pshupe

    First Build - Silent Guitar

    Very nice. What is flexi-ply? Very interesting build. Cheers Peter.
  8. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    If I was smarter I would have run the carbon fibre rods straight out the head stock because there will be a veneer covering it anyway and also a truss rod cover as well. But I guess there are always learning points for next time. Cheers Peter.
  9. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    A quick mock up and try to figure out how to glue this up without any noticeable joints. the first one was easy - the second not so much and it started to slip but worked out OK. and onto the bandsaw to cut the headstock angle I figured I'd put some extra reinforcing in this neck because I wasn't completely sure about that scarf joint. So I added some carbon reinforcing rods and cut in a two way truss rod. I like the ones from Stew Mac. Cheers Peter.
  10. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    I decided to go with a scarf joint even though there is no physical need to do so. I have seen some really cool looking guitars with highlighted scarf joints and figured I'd put one in. It's not even going to be the same angle as the head stock but should look cool. I also made up a little block of the same laminate for the scarf joint. Glued it up and planed it - and now for the crazy part. Cut a perfectly good neck blank. plane the surfaces - Cheers Peter.
  11. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    Jointed, planed, ripped, rinse and repeat until all the right sized pieces come together. Glue up - and joint the fret board surface - Cut the body angle, which I have a little jig for my bandsaw - Cheers Peter.
  12. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    Once I decided on the plan view I had to figure out how thick of a one piece laminate neck through I needed. Back to the computer - Looks like 3" side will be lots. The nice thing about laminated necks is that I can take flat sawn boards and rip them to width, 3" wide, and flip them up making them quarter sawn. So off to the exotic wood store, which is named Exotic Woods. Picked up some white limba and I had some walnut kicking around already. Regards Peter.
  13. pshupe

    Firebird "ish"

    Yes - I bought a set from a forum member over at the other place. They should be interesting. Feel free to steal anything you find helpful. I've stolen most from others. I agree. It's unfortunate they were such a bust back in the day. I made a Futura type guitar last year and I really liked the look of it. It was an unfinished kind of kit, I guess. Back limba body and honduran mahogany neck and braz fret board. I've got another one about 1/2 done and would like to do a Flying V and Explorer at some point. Cheers Peter.
  14. Hello - everyone. Just found this forum through a friend on another forum. I started a build a while back and wanted to share it here. I am a hobby builder and a friend, who has since past away, got me in to building about 7 years ago. I have a full time gig as a trainer for Autodesk products for Architects and Engineers so have lots of CAD experience. My MO is CAD heavy and I marvel at the builds that seem to just be free hand and hand tools. This will take a while as I do not have a lot of spare time right now but I will be putting up lots of pics and showing my process. All comments and tips are very much appreciated where I could do something better or different. I very much like the golden era of Gibson, and Fender for that matter, guitars. My first build was something similar to a vintage Les Paul standard, my next a mid 50's LP JR. As I did more research on this era I was really struck by the modernistic guitars from the late 50's and the introduction of the Firebird by a car designer around 1963. As far as construction practices I want to be somewhat faithful to the original but the woods will be radically different. I always start with CAD - I downloaded some free drawings online and purchased a set as well. My design will be neckthrough like the originals so I just laid out the CAD dwg to get a sense of the size of rough materials I will purchase. I will be doing a laminate neck and I seem to gravitate towards skunk stripe necks for some reason. So I'm thinking walnut skunk stripe in white limba neck through. I thought maybe walnut or possibly black limba wings. Cheers Peter.