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  1. This is looking really sweet. Also you did an excellent job on your neck join/transition. SR
  2. And here. A And then re-coated with CA and carefully leveled again. I It is ready to shoot a couple layers of clear and then tint.....and more clear etc. next weekend. The truly said part is after a couple weeks of humidity so thick one is in danger of drowning just walking around in the back yard, we just had three days of 90+ degree temps with 40ish percent humidity. Perfect for spraying. Next weekend I'll probably need a life jacket again. SR
  3. A couple of weeks ago I posted in @Akula's thread that if you only mess up one finish you are not trying hard enough. Welp, this is not not my first or my second.....or even my third coxup....but here I am proving the rule. I sanded through the CA layer. Then I touched that up and then I did it again. Sanded through even with the target in sight. So I wasted three days of sanding with 400 grit trying to sneak up on the dye job. And while it appears to be easy to sand through the CA layer with 400 grit, it appears to be impossible to remove the layer using 400 grit. And am I the only one experiencing a shortage of 400 grit? I I've been to three different stores over two different weekends and nobody has 400. Plenty of everything else, but no 400. After several days a futility, I did what I should have done at first and went back to 220 and sanded back to bare wood.No pix, I was disgusted and on a mission. It looked just like the first sand back the first time I did this. Pix on previous pages. Oddly enough I did the same thing with the test on scrap. I didn't sand through, but I sanded too soon and royally screwed up the CA layer. And then sanded back to bare wood and re-dyed. I did the same dying schedule and ended up here: SR
  4. By God you know how to live and enjoy the day! Your blue tongue lizards were not out but my blues lizards--anoles that run back and forth across my driveway and always pause to listen when a good blues song is playing....those guys have been steady companions. I need to take another pic of those for my build. Do you always store your amps in the woodshop? Mine would collect so much wood dust I'm afraid they'd spontaneously combust the next time I plugged them in. SR
  5. Bolt them on now. It'll be light as air. It will still need a neck though,,,,,,, SR
  6. Depends on how deep into the back you go. A tenon that is one inch thick can easily give up a quarter in deep channel for wiring. I do it all the time. Having said that my builds start out notoriously thick before I start carving on them. And I've always said, I've never claimed any tonal or strength advantage (although all that extra gluing surface cannot hurt), but rather I do it that way because it makes me feel good about it to do so. And that alone is good mojo. SR
  7. That's a perfectly valid way of doing things .... I do it all the time! SR
  8. I've seen this happen. Often is is the result of wood swelling with humidity and squeezing any excess glue out of the joint, even if it is fully cured. 1200 and oil ought to work nicely. SR
  9. I'm enjoying the mental gymnastics and problem solving involved, to take the requested parameters, through in the tools and jigs on hand and come up with a workable plan to build what promises to be a phenomenal instrument. Carry on! SR
  10. I'm finally getting a chance to see these pictures. Wow! While paint in general is not really my thing, I'm impressed by the track this took to get to this work of art. And the yellow and blue pickups and knobs, plus the green leopard totally multiply the effect I wonder where green leopards live..... Maybe the part that impresses me the most is the purity of the white.....at least the way it comes across on my monitor. It is too bad you can't find a porcelain white bridge. I think that would tie it together even more. SR
  11. I find that often. I tighten the collet till it's tight......or so it seems. If I power through that tight spot, I find there are several turns left till it's tight. If I take the collet off and clean it up with compressed air, that doesn't happen on the next bit. SR
  12. if it only happens once, you're not trying hard enough. Practicing overcoming all those little surprises that you never see till the next day is essential to building character and skill in a luthier. SR
  13. That's my philosophy exactly! Exactly. Were it me, after a few minutes of trying out new and inventive phrases of colorful language, I'd crack the beer, turn up the stereo, and get lost again. SR
  14. I didn't realize what I'm planning had a name. But it looks like I'm in the middle of making a blackburst. Who'da thunk it? SR
  15. Is there a story behind this? SR
  16. Then I level it off with 220, carefully and leaving tricky areas and final divots for later. I'll sneak up on those with 320 and 400. I already sanded through once around the horns. I touched up the dye and slathered a bunch more CA on. This made it more work to level, but more comfortable to level too. I did not get finished, so more of this next weekend. I swiped some mineral spirits over the matte to see what it would look like shiny....and not blackish. SR
  17. Next with gloved fingers, I spread medium CA thickly over everything. I use a light mist of accelerator to speed drying. Too much will cause it to cook off which gives you useless foamy bubbles instead of a nice clear layer. SR
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