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  1. Thought I’d share this little gem I found. Whilst trawling eBay I found the perfect thing for making ebony knobs. Search for Rolling rule. They are a funky circular ruler that solicitors use for their ledger books etc. Some are quite costly but if you keep looking they can be a bargain. £8 inc postage bought me a couple of 12” x 1” long antique ebony circular roads. Absolutely perfect for cutting into knobs. For somebody without the luxury of a lathe they are great. most are ebony but I’ve seen a few in other dense heavy hardwoods. Some can be 9” x 1/2” some are 18” x 1 1/4”. Well worth
  2. Making an ebony scratch plate. This came from a vintage dressing table set that has been sitting in an old dears bedroom for the last 100 years. It’s a nice way to buy a useful sized piece of ebony. She needs a bit of final shaping, also I’m debating wether I should put a high polish on the ebony or leave it with more of a low shine . I think I’m leaning toward the latter. The camera flash makes this stuff come alive!
  3. Working on a truss rod cover. She has some rare earth magnets hidden inside so no screws needed. Going to do a neater one now I know the idea works, this one somehow turns it into Ming the Merciless’s guitar!
  4. I fed her a splash of Osmo oil and she came to life
  5. I got a bit more done. She’s starting to look like a guitar now
  6. God only knows.......I suspect a sharp change of direction in the grain allowed it to tear. It matters not though as the smaller piece gives me a reason to build a ukulele somewhere down the line!
  7. I had the use of a thicknesser for a while which was great until it tore half of my top in two. Had to use the standby piece instead, less pretty but a nice piece nonetheless.
  8. The piece I was slicing up last year is the top and headstock veneer. That part is languishing under a load of dust in the attic. Hoping to get that cleaned up and stuck on in the next week or two
  9. I’m finding this part tedious for some reason!
  10. Better start making the guts look pretty before I think about sticking a top on.....
  11. She’s one big piece cut down the middle, flipped over and stick back together. I made a spine out of some kind of rosewood and some Victorian teak as it’s not the hardest lump of mahogany in the world. It did spend 80 years drying out above a fireplace though so it rings nicely. It’s heavily hollowed out so is getting fairly lightweight now. I think it will be a bit of a challenge getting everything perfectly true and flat with the tools I have but who doesn’t love an uphil struggle eh?
  12. So I got round to doing a bit more.....
  13. This little pup got rebirthed! The body shape got tweaked a little, made a pick guard, stuck a tone knob on, fitted a new fretboard and by pulling the bridge back a couple of inches and refretting it was able to turn it from a 19.5” scale to a 22” scale. I made a new bridge that is still having its design tweaked. I cleaned up the control cavity, insulated it better and sink the pickup a little deeper into the body. It sounds all twangy and nice now
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