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mattharris75 last won the day on May 5

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  1. I'm sure there were other options that would have done the trick, but I decided to go with what was the simplest for me. And I actually needed a new pattern bit anyway, so it all worked out.
  2. If everything had been square it would have been a breeze. Unfortunately, post-carving, that was not the case...
  3. I noticed that too. I knew that maple was going to be there, but seeing it altogether it really kind of fools the eye into looking like it's an additional laminate. I like it.
  4. I decided the neck pocket needed to be deeper, so I ordered a 1.25" cut depth router bit and added another 3mm of depth to the pocket. Looks like that will work out perfectly. So I drilled a nice long 1/4" hole into the heel of the neck for pickup wiring and went ahead and glued in the neck. I roughed out the neck heel to body connection. I may tweak the slope/transition slightly, but I really like it. This is the first sort of 'heel-less' neck to body transition that I've done. Next up are pickup routes, bridge post holes, and then a painful amount of sanding!
  5. I love the look of gloss/satin next to each other, personally. Whatever finish(es) may be needed to achieve that look wouldn't phase me at all. I don't have the experience with it to know if there are any caveats, but I know it's done fairly frequently.
  6. Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one. It's been a busy couple of weeks, but progress has been made. Got the last few frets in and got the neck pocket cut. I really wanted to get it two millimeters deeper, but the router collet was burning the top of the template and I didn't feel comfortable lowering the bit any further in the collet. I could probably rig up something on the router table to finish it out. I'm going to sleep on it. I just don't want the bridge to be too high. I've never owned or installed a Gibson style bridge, so I'm in uncharted territory.
  7. That's super cool looking, I hope your top is lexan or some other clear material to show off what you've got going on in there!
  8. A single picture to sum up today's progress. Finished the carve on the back, installed the side dots, and fretted the neck (except the last 3 frets because apparently I'm not smart enough to calculate how much fret wire I'd need...) So, time to spend another 10 bucks in shipping getting 6 bucks worth of fret wire from StewMac. Once I get that fret wire in I'll finish that up, scrape the side of the neck smooth, and work on getting the neck set.
  9. Scott, I think that's going to work out. The eased edge gives the cover plate a nice organic look too. I got about 3/4 finished with the back tonight before my hand started giving out. The horn area will be quite similar to the way it is on the front, except for the transition into the heel. The rest of the back has more of an over-square roundover, it's about twice as wide as it is tall. So not nearly as much carving as the top, but I think it looks nice.
  10. I'd forgotten how difficult it is to get an accurate fit for the control cavity cover. Not quite perfect, but I'll tweak it a bit more once the back is carved.
  11. Well, good luck with it, Scott! Had some time this afternoon to put a nice smooth little carve on the top. I'm sure I'll tweak it some more (until the finish goes on, as I always do) but I think the horn will tie in nicely with the style of the rest of the top.
  12. Pfizer. The day after the shot was the worst for me. Headache, zero energy. I felt a lot better by dinner time that night, but was still dragging. It seems everybody's reaction is different. My parents and sister had nothing other than a slightly sore arm. My wife was wiped out at least as bad, or worse, than I was.
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