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  1. I've done the grain filling with Aquacoat. All going to plan I hopefully will spray the clear coat this weekend.
  2. This is a good idea! I've seen a similar example for the headrest if you don't have a thick enough piece of wood to cut the curve. In this situation the rockers are actually laminated not a solid piece. Multiple thin strips glued together and clamped into the form so that as the glue dries it stays in the shape of the form.
  3. So I'm just getting started on the rocker now. I didn't quite have enough Silky Oak for a full chair but I already have another plan for that wood. Instead I went and bought some West Australian Jarrah and I've been working on the templates. I've also started making the jig to laminate the rockers. There are a couple of things that I am going to do differently to the plans (e.g. coopering the seat and having 7 spindles instead of 5) so I'll be working slowly to try and minimise the chance of mistakes or oversights. An example of one of the things I have to con
  4. It is galvanised pipe because it was the easiest to source where I am. I'm aware of the issue with the fumes as I'm actually a Chemist. Before using it the first time I cranked it up full heat to burn off as much of the galvanising as I could whilst wearing respiratory protection. But very good point to raise just in case there are others that are not aware of the issue.
  5. My DIY bending setup. Test fit of C bout ribs. Test fitting the other two ribs. DIY Glue Pot Setup First two glued. And the other two glued. Planed the ribs down and corners cleaned up.
  6. Thought I'd share where I am up to with my Violin build. I'm using a Stradivari Messiah plan. Here are the templates before I cleaned up the edges. Douglas Fir Top Southern Silky Oak Back and Sides Rock Maple Neck Ebony Fingerboard I was going to use the piece of queen ebony in this photo but it was too small so I ordered a ebony fingerboard as it was cheaper than ordering an ebony blank. Here was the reclaimed Douglas Fir before I cleaned it up. Form marked out and then cut out. Doing a practice scroll out of pine to pract
  7. Frets are in. Time to sand and then clear coat.
  8. What do you do when you already have a number of projects on the go? You start another one haha. So I have a set of plans from American Furniture Design Co. (https://www.leevalley.com/en-gb/shop/tools/plans/73902-nancys-rocker-and-footstool-plan?item=01L5131) which I've made copies of to turn into templates. I just need to head to the hardware store and purchase some larger MDF because the sheets I had weren't big enough. I'm also just waiting for one of the woodworking stores here in Australia to get a specific rebate router bit back in stock that I will need for the leg joints.
  9. This build has definitely piqued my interest. I look forward to seeing the process and the final product.
  10. Will definitely share my rocking chair build if people are interested. The plans I'm using are these ones - https://www.leevalley.com/en-gb/shop/tools/plans/73902-nancys-rocker-and-footstool-plan?item=01L5131 as they are the easiest to get in Australia. I hadn't considered a veneer on the headstock but I did keep the offcuts from the body so I could thin the headstock a bit more and then put one on. I might cut a veneer and then mock it up to see what it would look like. Yeh I'm not a particularly good guitar player haha so I wouldn't use a tremolo. So given that, it didn't seem a
  11. Thanks mate. I'm just a hobbyist. This is my second build, there are a number of little things which I wish were better but I learn something with each build I do. The 12 string build is my third but that's stalled a bit because I've also started making a Violin as well. I've also just received the plans I ordered to make a Maloof Style Rocking Chair so instruments may take a back seat early next year when that becomes the priority.
  12. So I got a bit more done. Neck carved. Drilled the holes to attach the neck. Drilled the string-through holes and holes for the bridge mounting screws. Unfortunately the alignment of the string-through holes on this one wasn't great but I'm not going to bother plugging and redrilling. I also did the belly carve and started tidying up both the belly carve and the arm carve. I just need to tidy up a small flat spot on the fretboard, file a couple of high spots on the back of the neck and then fret the neck and I'll be on the sanding and finishing.
  13. I decided to go and get another piece of Sheoak which I cut a length off for the fretboard for this guitar. I cut the fret slots, glued the fretboard on the neck, trimmed it and then sanded the transition. I did have a set of fret dots here but I couldn't bring myself to disrupt the medullary rays in the fretboard, so I went with side dots only on this build. Honestly there are a few blemishes which I'm disappointed about but as this is only my second guitar build I have to accept that it's a learning process and I will get better with future builds. Here it is moc
  14. This build has been just sitting in the background with nothing happening as my focus had been taken by a couple other projects which I want to get out of the way so that I can pay close attention to this one. But I did cut out the pickguards today. They aren't perfect but they'll do the job.
  15. Thanks everyone. I'm happy that I went ahead and did it. Also I thought you all may be interested in another project I've just started alongside the two guitars (which I might add I'm already struggling to find time to work on haha).
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