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  1. A quick hop skip and a jump and it's looking like a guitar:
  2. That is a great system Cheers - just one $18 piece of Alu + 1 router bit + $4 roll of tape + router table = perfect radius I also tackled the elephant in the room (the truss rod routing . . ) and it came out pretty well - it is about a mm off centre but I aren't complaining it's totally straight - now I just need to die the thread down the rod and cut it to size (along with fitting it correctly! You can see the jig(!) I used in the background of the pic - nothing special merely a piece of wood thicknessed and clamped to the in feed side of my fence, this ensured the rear of the neck was level with the widest point of the headstock, then just slide it over, it was real easy in the end!
  3. Chopped of the top and bottom - along with a shot of the finish produced by the radius bit: A pretty perfect radius - I think you'll agree: The finish - it shouldn't take more than a few minutes with some 400 grit to shine up: Now to sort out the truss rod routing!
  4. Well I radiused the fretboard tonight . . . using one of my radiusing router bit . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7iyOj_zY-k%26
  5. Well it's been a while - some progress: The top has been carved - I started out not really intending to do a fully carved top - but hey - here we are! All came out very well - done via the combination of router steps and an angle grinder with sanding disk: Neck - hmm yes I kind of got carried away and shaped the whole thing up without doing the truss rod - hey it's been a while since I made a neck! Never mind I'll manufacture a jig to do it once I have the rod: The scarf joint came out excellently even if I say it myself, the line is barely visible, will be interesting to see how visible it is after shaping..
  6. 1 x 10" remaining. . . . Back orders being taken . . .
  7. Update - just 1 x 10" and 1 x 12" remaining
  8. Update - just 1 x 10" and 1 x 12" remaining: 10": http://www.ebay.com/itm/181665488138?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 12" http://www.ebay.com/itm/181665491167?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  9. 10" Guitar Fretboard Router Radiusing Bit 12" Guitar Fretboard Router Radiusing Bit 16" Guitar Fretboard Router Radiusing Bit Cheers
  10. So the Radius bits - what can I say - they are pretty darn fantastic! A demo of the said bits Currently have 1 x 10", 2 x 12" and 2 x 16" available - any other radius will need be a custom order.
  11. Howdy all, Just listed a few new things on Ebay - so if anyone on here as the Steel City 40200H or 40300H or Carbatec or Hafco spiral head thicknessers you might want to take a look at: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/181658506085?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/181658506640?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 The radiusing bits will appear soon
  12. Hurrah! Router Radiusing bits are back baby! Ok so I have received my samples + 1's - the + 1's will be up for grabs as soon as I've completed the testing. So looking through the post from a few years back I was selling these for $49 + P&P, which albeit a relatively reasonable price when you look at the price of router bits it wasn't a GREAT price, sooooo this time I am looking for merely $25 + P&P for a single bit and a special of $69 + P&P for a set of 3! A set: A close up of the 10": The bits are K01 carbide for use with all extra hardwoods. I will be performing a few tests in the next few days and posting videos. Also if you want any crazy kind if one of radius I can fulfil those wishes - however there WILL be delays in getting them produced as I have to produce the CAD and the manufacturer has to do there CAD and then produced etc etc. The manufacturer has produced me some amazing carbide inserts blades for my spiral Accu-head thicknesser - which I will also be selling at far cheaper prices than the like of Steel City (US), Highland woodworking (US), Carbatec (AUS) and Machinery House (AUS) sell them for! Plus also I am selecting the carbide grade to be used rather than getting whatever carbide grade they are selling. Here is a quick sample pic (K04 carbide here - not that you can tell by looking at it obviously!):
  13. Actually just over 1.5" - 40mm - only 2mm narrower than the standard nut but it makes a big difference. My previous single cut I actually use a 40mm nut on a 25" scale and it plays great, this is just 21" scale so it'll be a fun little guitar to play and playable by adults and my son!
  14. So tonight has been a night of more template making - so of course 3D printing! Ok so as mentioned I did the CAD for this 85% scale LP previously so now it been a case of turning those CAD drawings into 3D CAD and printing them - so the neck . .. as you can see due to the length I had to print it in two pieces (3 if you include the headstock): However this is no big deal with a 3D printer you merely print some hole and some dowels to hold it together: A bit of super glue to hold it together and a bit of routing and voila: Chocks under it to check scale length and things are all centred and aligned: Hey a headless LP: That's all for now - the 3D printer is currently creating the headstock template - it's so nice to be able to print the CAD diagrams in a solid form rather that struggling with CAD diagrams stuck on bits of wood!
  15. The winder mech works great on the table! I can't recall what people were complaining about on the old version but I know when I bought mine (online) I triple checked that I was getting the new version . . .
  16. Well the neck pocket routed out very well so I drilled out the control holes then gave it a bit of a clean up with 120 grit and a bit of mineral spirits . . . As you can see the fret board blank in the picture - the neck is starting . . .
  17. In terms of the Triton router - if I was using handheld I could probably pick some faults with it - however mounted in a table with the plunge spring removed it really is an excellent piece of kit. I can't comment on the Triton table, this said I have read numerous bad reviews regards their tables, but mounted in a Kreg table which I have in turn mounted into my work bench it a real quality piece of kit. I've own numerous cheaper routers and one of the biggest annoyances is the 1/4" collets that slide into the 1/2" collet and they invariably don't grip the bits sufficiently - the Triton comes with both 1/2" and 1/4" nut collets so it makes change between sizes real easy. The covered power switch that isn't a trigger not only makes it perfect for table use but also stops any possibility of accidental switch on, along with the fact there are no vents under the motor (above the bit) so dust and crap cannot get inside. Then it's party piece for table mounting is the crank/lift already built into the router - no expensive lift required - that said I don't use the crank handle I find it far easy to just adjust the height with the twist adjust under the table, easy and accurate. The other thing is that it's very smooth and considerably quieter than the cheapie I use to do any hand routing (these things are few and far between but any kind of pocket aren't things to be routed on the table). So if you intended on putting a router in a table understand that you will need another to do any handheld routing (my cheapie basically has a tracing bit int it which hardly ever gets changed!). This is the one I am talking about: http://www.tritontools.com/en-AU/Model/TRA001# - I know there is an older version which had less than favorable reviews.
  18. Those dying pics are good to see as I will be dying my mini build - a black/bright yellow burst currently on the cards but I think I'll need to bleach the top before I do the dyes. Looking a great build . . . kind of amusing that I remember this thread from when I was on here before my time away from building!
  19. Latest Radius Router bit update - Quality control stopped them leaving the factory last week, shipped today will get Friday/Monday. Stay tuned!

  20. I'll route the neck pocket out fully tomorrow night as it's nearly 11pm here and I doubt the neighbours would thank me if I started up the router now! Stay tuned for more crazy 3D printer template and jig fun!
  21. One final share for the night, there may have been some folks out there wondering how I would route the neck pocket deep and longer into the pickup pocket . . . well the wonders of 3D printing strikes again!
  22. Ok - enough crap phone photos! The pockets are cleaned up: As mentioned the things that are to come - one full 8 string bobbin set pickup ring and plate, along with a couple of 6 string bobbins - all 3D printed:
  23. The good old 3d printer really makes these kinds of work easy, since it essentially a plastic dispensing CNC the accuracy is repeatable. The biggest restriction is obviously the size limitation of the printing platform. Templates for the rear pocket recesses and covers will be created using the 3D printer also - then the coup de grace will be the pickups which will be made using 3d printed coils and base and pickup rings (I've already do the design work on these so I know they'll work) - obviously as I am designing and printing them they'll be custom string spacing match to this guitar as it's a 85% scaled down LP. For the neck I have Cherry and Honey Myrtle - unsure whether to use a single wood or put a single stringer of Myrtle between Cherry . . . photos will follow along with the pickups.
  24. What don't you like about the Triton router? I use one in a Kreg table and I can't rate it highly enough! A brilliant router particularly on a table with the inbuilt crank allowing for sub mm adjustment, auto locking head for bit changing etc.
  25. Starting to look like a guitar (will clean up the pocket tomorrow night) . . . Another little share here are the templates I made to do the pickup pockets - getting all 21st century with my 3D printer to print the white template which I then templated to the template! : I have to say the translation from CAD to the printer and in turn routed is very neat and very accurate!
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