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=========update 12/3/19===========

just a few minor things... planed down my broadchaser body another 3/16 and ended up just a hair above 5lbs...

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started working on the back access and cover routes for the les flaws

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=============update 12/08/19================

put my steps in 4lbs 10.5oz

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did my neck joint on the tele... nice n tight:

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put the 1/8" roundover on and got the pickguard aligned and it follows the horn nice...

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rough cut my my steps for the tele carve

 

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My neck angle jig slipped again and I screwed up my blank for the tuxedo... so I ended up building a new sub-jig for the neck angle.  Bolts on either side of the pivot bolt allow me to dial in the angle with precision and they lock themselves in position.  worked like a charm!  put the angle on the les flaws w/o issue:

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so when life gives you lemons... switch to quarter-sawn mahogany!  on the tuxedo blank, I could have saved it by cutting my nut slot 1/16 deeper as the angle only ran about 1/8-1/4" into the fretboard area but I figured rather than do that I'll save it for my next gibson scale neck. I was only using that blank because I had enough material leftover from the neck for the baritone...  and it hadn't occurred to me that I have some 3x7 mahog that would allow for a quarter sawn neck given the tux's narrow profile.  So I milled that down today...

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2 minutes ago, ScottR said:

Nice work and great jigs!

How did a dirty sock find its way into the work zone? You feet get hot?

We tend to give grief for feet in the shot....but this is the first time I've ever seen a dirty sock cover up.

SR

hehe, that's a pic of my office.  apparently a lone sock meandered into the shot.  I have no idea how it made it in there because, as my wife will tell you, I NEVER leave things lying around.  Pretty sure it just wanted to be closer to all the picks that have gone awol over the years... (I wondered if someone would laugh at that)

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I always wondered where those lone socks go. Every load of socks ever washed in the whole world starts out with only matched pairs and what comes out of the dryer includes one sock missing its mate. Who knew the one with wanderlust was headed to your office?

Socks being the devious rascals that they are, I suppose some of those dryers loads could actually have one extra, when one of the strays decide to come back.

SR

Oh and picks don't go awol.

Dogs eat them.

sr

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1 hour ago, ScottR said:

I always wondered where those lone socks go. Every load of socks ever washed in the whole world starts out with only matched pairs and what comes out of the dryer includes one sock missing its mate. Who knew the one with wanderlust was headed to your office?

Socks being the devious rascals that they are, I suppose some of those dryers loads could actually have one extra, when one of the strays decide to come back.

SR

Oh and picks don't go awol.

Dogs eat them.

sr

I just assumed all those lots socks were meeting up with all those lost picks and having a party!

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Crikey someone has been busy, What kind of Ash is that? I got myself some American Ash from the local timber yard the other day to go under a walnut cap. I was under the impression it was going to be heavy but I was really surprised how light it was, especially happy as it was only about £30, so I'll be using it again. But that's another build thread I'll be starting soon :D 

Builds are looking good, especially looking forward to seeing the les tele

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9 hours ago, willliam_q said:

Looks great,  given me an idea for later down the road.

don't you dare steal my ideas... I legitimately stole those myself!  hehe

5 hours ago, ADFinlayson said:

Crikey someone has been busy, What kind of Ash is that? I got myself some American Ash from the local timber yard the other day to go under a walnut cap. I was under the impression it was going to be heavy but I was really surprised how light it was, especially happy as it was only about £30, so I'll be using it again. But that's another build thread I'll be starting soon :D 

Builds are looking good, especially looking forward to seeing the les tele

well, I'm in the southwest so one would guesstimate that it's "velvet ash" aka "Arizona ash" aka "mosesto ash" aka

"Fraxinus velutina"

given that I got it local at a lumberyard I would have thought black ash... but given it's weight and grain I'm inclined to think white (northern) ash.  It was sold to me as "ash"!

thank you re builds looking good.  It has been a real challenge to keep switching back and forth on the builds but the nice thing is that as I wait for parts for one I can go do something for another!

 

so... for my tuxedo... I had originally planned to do an ash top.. and had one set aside... it was just big enough for a tele.  a while back I realized that once you figure in the bend over the 30" radius it was going to be too close if not too short (not wide enough). 

Have been wrestling with alternatives since.  I have a beauty blister ash top... but boy it'd be a shame to do that in black as I think I'd loose a lot of the beauty... and anyways it's 3/8" thick and I require exactly 1/4".  Would hate to waste the thicker top by planing it down.  so... I'm switching to a beautiful quilt maple top... very small quilts.  Will be working that today. 

Now I'm wrestling with whether or not I should still do black.  I don't want the black burst - not for this one.  and the ash would have been ideal as I figured a grain fill would make for good contrast.  at this point I'm going to go with the maple and see how a sand back on red looks with jet black die.

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put some tru oil on the innards of the tux...

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did the neck holes for the tux

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then did a lil video of joining the top for my tuxedo

 

here is the result:

 

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put in my f-hole in just 974 easy steps!

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and switched back to carving my les flaws:

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wow, much more work than I thought!  should have done more steps (next time).

 

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57 minutes ago, ADFinlayson said:

You linked to studio.youtube which only you can see, you need to share the youtube link instead. Carve top looks awesome though, nice work :) 

doh, thank you for pointing that out!  my bad. 

thank you sir!

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Wait...you "cut the join" with a router? Is this something done commonly or just your personal method? I guess it obviously works great for you, I may borrow this technique. Any tips on this for a new builder? Is this limited to thinner tops, or can this be done on like 3" body lumber? Is that a dumb question?

Thanks for posting as I'm learning so much from these, I'm loving the "Tuxedo" design most but all are awesome.

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