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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:14 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Few quick pics.

Undecided whether overlay is going to be used.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:18 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

whats that box in pic #2? do you have to tap the holes?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:42 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Nope, it's a little aluminum jig to place the index pin holes precisely.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:47 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Neck before any finish was applied; and after the first application of oil (wet-sanded with 600 grit sandpaper and Tru-oil):



Couldn't get a pic of the front of the headstock just yet; it's still drying.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:28 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

How's the progress here, Rick? It's been 2 months since an update. Been busy with other things?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:42 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Still have been working on it, but the outward appearance hasn't changed much. Putting on more applications of oil, etc. I've been updating shesky through e-mail.

The neck is glued in now -- I'll get some pics of the assembled guitar this weekend.

Getting ready to apply the headstock logo and drill the holes for the string-through ferrules.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:43 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Neck and body, a whole guitar now:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:40 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Duuuuuuude,

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The coolest thing is when you glue in the neck. It is almost like that is the point where it becomes a guitar instead of parts.

I'm notorious for air-guitaring with my builds for a good hour before I get the discipline to go back to finish sanding.

Please tell me you do the same thing.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:09 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually, the neck's been glued in for a week; I just didn't get pics up until yesterday.

And yeah, I do perform certain ergonomic playing-position tests just to make sure a newly-assembled guitar is fit to play. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:18 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Awesome, Rick. Keep it up. Applause
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:56 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Really nice!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:15 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Looking good rick. I have a feeling you're gonna have a hard time letting that one go Mr. Green .
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:59 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Working on the last few coats of finish.

Here's a pic from last weekend just after the logo went on. Another few coats of Tru-oil will go over it to "bury" it in the finish. Actually there's a coat drying over it right now.

Hard to tell from the pic, but the logo is made of copper. In this pic, the protective film over the logo hasn't yet been removed.


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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 12:27 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I figured I'd post a mini-tutorial in case anyone's following along...

Drilling for string-through-body ferrules on a curve--

Since these are on a curve rather than in a straight line, it's a little more challenging than usual:

- Put some masking tape on the body below the bridge
- Continue the lines the strings follow on the body, from the bridge to past where the ferrule holes will be, in pencil on the tape
- Draw the desired curve that the ferrule holes will follow, on the tape. (I used the headstock template, to duplicate its curve for the ferrules.) Be sure the holes aren't too close to the bridge, or the strings won't clear the edge of the bridge
- Indent the hole locations (intersections of the curve and the string paths) through the tape and into the body with a scriber
- Remove the tape
- Drill the holes at the drill press, backing the bit out frequently to clear debris. This helps ensure the bit doesn't wander. Depth of the holes is determined by body thickness, minus depth of rear ferrules, plus 1-2mm
- Clamp a flat piece of MDF or hardwood to the drill press table. Lock the drill press table. Using the same drill bit used to drill the holes, drill a hole into the wood clamped to the table. It's important that the wood and the drill press table do not move from this point on
- Remove the drill bit from the drill press chuck and insert it into the first ferrule hole until it bottoms out
- Chuck the larger bit for the rear ferrule holes into the drill press
- Turn the guitar over and insert the other end of the bit that's in the guitar body, into the hole in the wood on the drill press table
- Now you have an index pin and you are about to drill the rear ferrule hole in precisely the right place. Drill to the depth of the rear ferrule and repeat for the other holes.

The pics show the index pin (bit) in the wood on the drill press table, but I quickly decided it's better to put the pin into the guitar body first and then insert it into the index hole. Scratch up the index board, not the body.



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 7:56 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks Rick,

That sure is one fancy pants drill press you have there too. I haven't ever actually seen a sighted one.
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 2:01 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

It's a middle of the line Jet drill press (this one). Actually, the lasers were a $25 aftermarket upgrade.

I still don't really use the lasers for guitar work. They're handy for building furniture, etc., though.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:45 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

It's been about 8 weeks - how are things going, Rick?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:29 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

delph wrote:
It's been about 8 weeks - how are things going, Rick?


It's been 2 years in the making (so far)......what's 2 more months Laugh Hard Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:27 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry I haven't posted pics recently. The finish, although an oil finish, has been slow going and the pics don't really show much difference.

I've been updating shesky regularly but didn't post here. Although I would like to have finished it quicker, unfortunately it's not my day job... and we're both good with the schedule. Smile

I'm finishing up the electronics this weekend. (And those ferrules are on a curve on purpose.)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:11 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Very nice. Mr. Green
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