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Hello It's been a while since I was last here... in fact a very long time, certainly very different look since the last time I was here. Anyway thought I would post up a guitar probably not seen here very often, I am a complete amateur I build these guitars for myself in my spare time, so progress might be a bit slow. The guitar spec will be as per original, Block-Board Body, with Oak inserts in the top and bottom layers. The neck will be mahogany with an Oak fingerboard 24 fret. So far the body has been cut out awaiting the chambers to be cut, and Oak installed. The Neck has been roughly cut out and is awaiting the shaping on the back, and the neck joint cut to size. Here's Some images: Focusing on getting the bottom layer routed and marked up ready for oak inserts and tremolo marking out. It took approx 2 hours to rout out the 2 chambers. As i mentioned on the video I don't use templates, guides, Jigs on the chambers its all done by free hand. Jigs / Templates are useful to those who want to make more than 1 guitar. As these are just used to repeat the process over and over. Kz guitars do these on there builds on the plastics. Cheers Matt http://www.redspecial-library.co.uk/ http://www.guitarsandwoods.com/
I've been thinking about how to bring vacuum pressing for veneers, etc. into the range where an enthusiastic amateur (is that an "enthusiast"?) could throw one together for a project or two without investing in Venturis that require compressed air, etc. Essentially this is a vertical bike tyre pump but with both valve's air flow directions being reversed. Instead of pumping air it becomes a positive displacement pump. What are people's thoughts on this? My first concern is about the quality of vacuum this might be able to pull and as to whether an auxiliary vacuum reservoir would ensure that it could be held indefinitely. Certainly, the pump should be isolated from the target once sufficient vacuum is achieved with the auxiliary reservoir chamber smoothing over any softness in the vacuum. I'll have a look around the local hardware stores to see if suitable materials are to hand, which I would have thought they would be. Generally that is the first test for any project of this nature :-)