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Dual build one for my youngest son and one for my nephew.


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Game plan is to do something very similar to my oldest son's guitar (show below).  Not quite a carbon copy but close.

Keegan (my son) likes Dinosaurs and Kayden (nephew) likes trucks/cars so i'll update the inlay / fabric top to match that.

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So I loaded up the vehicular with some maple and Alder.  managed to get some Wenge "shorts" for 14 bucks a board foot so I loaded up on those too....

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Lesson learned, pay more attention when buying alder.  it's knotty shit and getting a clean blank out of any board can be an absolute nightmare.  a little bit of explorative surgery to see where the knots went and I was able to map things out....

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The knots prevented me from putting the seam on center line but that's never bothered me and sure as hell wont bother the kiddo's.

Cut, flatten, Joint, and glue up.  easy peasy.

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I've cut out the body blanks, routed to shape, cut the arm contours and started splitting the wenge in preparation for the neck laminations and will likely to Wenge fretboards but managed to neglect to take any pictures.  : (

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1 hour ago, ScottR said:

Good to see you back and making sawdust again.

SR

Indeed.  I'm glad to be back.  I let life and other projects interfere...  it's time to get back at er.

51 minutes ago, mistermikev said:

pretty sure I don't want to see a guitar built by either my dad or my uncle... that said I'm jealous of your son/nephew!

I know right.  these kid's better love me when I'm done!  LOL

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More progress over the last couple days.

started my day off yesterday with a nice little splinter.  Managed to dig her out with a razor blade..  not ideal but sure as hell don't want it going septic.  I forgot how freaking splintery Wenge can be...  reminder to self...  only use BRAND SPANKING NEW router blades on wenge or it's tearout city..

bodies routed and forearm contour completed.

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this is my fretboard blank.  it's just wide enough at the bottom and 2" thick so I should get a couple blanks out of it.

had a slight warp to it tho so needed to flatten it before splitting.

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Then started throwing pieces of Wenge thru the table saw to split em.  yeah,  I'm SUPER wasteful but I don't have one of them fancy schmancy band saw's other than my little Ryobi that wouldn't split this if it's life depended on it...  trust my... I tried....  LOL....

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Should have enough there for some 1/4" neck laminations + some headstock laminations + cavity cover plates + fretboards once it's all split out and routed flat.  good times.

that's all for now...

 

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On 3/6/2019 at 10:25 AM, Jdogg said:

More progress over the last couple days.

started my day off yesterday with a nice little splinter.  Managed to dig her out with a razor blade..  not ideal but sure as hell don't want it going septic.  I forgot how freaking splintery Wenge can be...  reminder to self...  only use BRAND SPANKING NEW router blades on wenge or it's tearout city..

bodies routed and forearm contour completed.

20190305_202409.thumb.jpg.c512dbb81253bc09bc0a7697c3688f14.jpg

this is my fretboard blank.  it's just wide enough at the bottom and 2" thick so I should get a couple blanks out of it.

had a slight warp to it tho so needed to flatten it before splitting.

20190305_202320.thumb.jpg.67954ab9b7a0c6cb2e76a3a69a68c824.jpg

Then started throwing pieces of Wenge thru the table saw to split em.  yeah,  I'm SUPER wasteful but I don't have one of them fancy schmancy band saw's other than my little Ryobi that wouldn't split this if it's life depended on it...  trust my... I tried....  LOL....

20190305_195932.thumb.jpg.4dffd3952cdfd9f10742bcd192ed5c02.jpg

Should have enough there for some 1/4" neck laminations + some headstock laminations + cavity cover plates + fretboards once it's all split out and routed flat.  good times.

that's all for now...

 

when I was 16 or 17 I worked at a cab shop sanding cabs.  we would take 140 sandpaper strips and break all the edges by hand.  One day I slid 3 of my fingers onto a big oak split.  It was not fun.  Couldn't get all of the wood out... festered and was easily one of the most painful experiences of my life waiting for my body to fully push the wood to the surface.  Needless to say I took a break from guitar!

 

anywho, those bodies are looking grrrreat.  nice work.  wenge fretboard should be pretty.  looking fwd to next update!

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