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  1. Ok here is the most recent update.  I have removed a lot of the excess wood with the band saw on boards 2, 3 and 4.  And I've started blending in areas that get missed by the bandsaw with a 60 grit disc on my angle grinder.  I've also cut out the notches for the front legs.  My next step with the seat is the clean up the front leg notches with my router plane and then I can do the rebates (the router bits I ordered have arrived) for the front and back legs.  After that there is a bit more shaping to be done with the angle grinder and then I can glue up the seat.




    Front on view of the pommel on the centre board.


    I've also prepared the stock for the two front legs.  I can't go any further with these until I've done the rebates on the seat because they are left oversize initially and then planed down to exactly match the width of the rebate.


    I've also planed to thickness and rough cut the back legs.


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  2. On 4/5/2021 at 12:18 PM, LuchoRocha said:

    Hello, great work with those drawings..
    i would like to have the plans, please. i`ll use it as a start for my design

    thanks for sharing!!

    Hey mate,  you should get an email now with a Google Drive link.

  3. 23 hours ago, ADFinlayson said:

    @Woltz These are great, do you have a full size pdf of the Vela? a friend of mine has just asked me to make him one 

    P.M. me your email address mate and I'll send you the file.  I haven't made a template from the plans yet so there may be some minor tweaks required that only become apparent when the templates have been made but it should give you a starting point.

  4. So I put the first plans I purchased away (I'll donate them and the templates I made to the woodworking club I'm a part of) because there was a number of things I wanted done differently.  Given this is my first chair I lashed out and purchased the Charles Brock plans and DVD.  

    Here is where I am up to with the seat. 

    Seat boards to width and test clamped = done.

    Cut the bevels on the edges of select boards to cooper the seat = done. 

    Drilled the dowel holes ready for glue up = done.

    Back leg maloof joint = in progress (have cut the corner area but waiting for router bits to arrive to finish)

    Front leg maloof joint and cutting away the waste in the seat bowl to speed up carving is next.  Then glue up.


  5. On 2/20/2021 at 7:00 AM, KeysNGuitar said:


    I would like to have the PDF and AI files for the BC Rich Eagle and the PRS Vela if you wouldn't mind sharing them?  


    On 2/6/2021 at 9:38 PM, KSMED78 said:

    Hi I am new to this forum. Great work on the Vela plans. If I was to want a scaled copy to print off how would I go about getting one?

    If you both p.m. me your email addresses I'm happy to send you both the plans.  The PDF is 1:1 scale.

  6. I decided to polish the neck as the couple of small spots where the colour is different isn't obvious.  The clear came off the gun nicely so I just did a tiny smooth out with some 2000 grit.  But I noticed as I was polishing that I'd had a tiny little sand through on the headstock.  I have no idea how because I barely did any sanding and I was using virtually zero pressure.  I can only assume the finish was very very thin at that one spot.  You can see it in the first picture where the gloss ends.  Now I'm not sure whether to just leave it or spray it again.  


    Here are some other photos.





  7. I've been a bit slow getting things done over the last few weeks but here is an update.

    The mortices for the linings in the C bouts have been cut.


    The linings are almost ready to be glued in, they just need to be planed down to the correct thickness first.  I also reduced the Belly and Back down to the correct thickness and cut out the rough outline.  Next step is to file the edges down to my pencil line and then I can start on the carving. 


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  8. So I had an Ah F#$k moment on the weekend. Yet again my nemesis (guitar finishing) got me. I sprayed the guitar and neck with the new spray gun (which I have to say sprayed so much nicer than the cheap one I had previously). After spraying though I was left with a blotchy finish on the edges of the guitar and whilst the neck wasn't blotchy, the colour didn't change at all and it doesn't look like I was expecting. After reading a bit more online most people seem to recommend clear coating first and then aquacoat, then sanding and then spraying final clear. Now I'll have to sand the body and see what I can do to salvage it. With the neck I'll have a closer look at it before making any decisions.

  9. 1 hour ago, Bizman62 said:

    For several years back I stumbled upon a hint for changing an old armchair to a rocker. There was a nice idea for saving wood when making the rockers: Plane the plank on both sides, cut the arch that will touch the floor. Then joint the flat sides, potentially even splitting them for extra length.


    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.

  10. 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 consider.  When you cooper the seat, the centre of the seat relative to the legs (when compared with the flat seat in the plan) is lowered which means that you are slightly closer to the ground.  To compensate I will add 1/2" to the bottom of all of the legs.  The seat coopering also means that the spindle holes need to be drilled to different depths or the spindles made to different lengths.

    Basically my intention is to make it in the following sequence:

    1. Seat

    2. Front Legs

    3. Back Legs

    4. Arms

    5. Head Rest

    6. Spindles

    7. Rockers

    I am absolutely nowhere near being an expert but I will try to answer any questions that anyone has based on what I experience during the build process.

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  11. 9 hours ago, MiKro said:

    Looks good, I do have one question though.

    It appears that you are using pipe for the bender. I hope that is NOT GALVANIZED pipe? If it is please be aware that heating galvanized pipe can be very deadly. The fumes from the galvanization burning off is very poisonous and deadly.


    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.

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  12. 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 practice carving.


    Corner and end blocks glued to form.



    And blocks shaped.


  13. 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.

    I have a stack of Southern Silky Oak in my shed that I am hoping to use pending it being dry enough and also that I have enough for the whole chair.  

    Here is one of the pieces.


    If the Silky Oak ends up not being an option then I will look at the pricing on Maple and Jarrah.

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  14. On 10/18/2020 at 11:57 PM, mistermikev said:

    please do share your experiences on the rocking chare in the 'non guitar build' section as I've been thinking about a rocking chair myself.  terribly interested in the topic.

    guitar is looking great - if I may.... please please please do some kind of matching headstock overlay.  that body pairs so well with the headstock... overall guitar has such a soft appeal... headstock veneer with the sm tone would really take it to the next level imo. 

    also hardtail eh?  "I like the cut of your jib"

    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 any point in making the build more difficult.

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  15. On 10/16/2020 at 2:33 AM, David Ivy said:

    NICE! Are you a guitar builder by trade or just a hobbyist? Cause that is Awesome work!!!

    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.

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  16. 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.


  17. 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 mocked up with the body and some of the hardware.


    I also noticed in this photo that there is an interesting optical illusion at the end of the guitar around the arm contour because I haven't rounded over the area yet.  And the medullary rays make it look like the fret slots are fanning but I actually double checked it after I saw the photo and they definitely are straight.

    Next up is carving the neck which is the bit I enjoyed most on my first build.

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