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SirFreakOfTheInk
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:01 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

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SirFreakOfTheInk wrote:
Maybe I'm easily entertained, but seeing blocks of wood being turned into a cool instrument has me glued to this thread.


No puns intended?


Nope. I better get some more caffeine, it took a few times reading it after you pointed it out to notice. d'oh!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:08 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

SirFreakOfTheInk wrote:
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SirFreakOfTheInk wrote:
Maybe I'm easily entertained, but seeing blocks of wood being turned into a cool instrument has me glued to this thread.


No puns intended?


Nope. I better get some more caffeine, it took a few times reading it after you pointed it out to notice. d'oh!


I toyed with the idea of saying something about this thread giving us wood, but then thought better of it...

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:41 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thought I'd pop in and post a quick update.

It's been 95+ degrees and humid this weekend, so I didn't want to take the chance to do any cutting on the neck blank. High humidity and cutting expensive wood don't mix.

So, no pics, but I've been working on the neck template and working out the wiring diagram for two humbuckers, one volume, and one tone control with a push/pull pot for splitting both pups.

Hopefully will get the neck rough cut, and ready for the fretboard, this week. More later...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 6:01 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Got the wiring diagram figured out, finished making the full scale template of the neck with the body (to lay everything out together), and rough cut the neck...







All neck dimensions (other than the headstock) are pretty much dead-on to a CT neck.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:20 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Lookin' good, Rick. What do you use to round the back of the neck?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:30 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks.

I use rasps, a spokeshave, and 100 grit sandpaper to shape the neck.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:39 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I can't even imagine doing that. Guess you won't be seeing a Freak-built guitar any time soon. Laughing

It is interesting seeing the process though.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:05 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Neck tapered to final dimension; truss rod adjustment cavity cut; truss rod fitted:





More tomorrow... Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:22 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

looks like some nice work you are doing there. I've always wanted to do that but being as I am away from home for 3 years I need to acquire the tools now.. Hope everything goes as planned.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:51 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks, sirmyghin. Give it a shot when you get the opportunity...it's a lot of fun.




Headstock taped for template; template attached; final shaped headstock front and back (it's still getting an overlay):








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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:18 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Horns (fins?) rough cut:


Neck pocket template:


Getting the pocket a little closer to final shape before cleaning up with the router:


Neck pocket rough cut, ready for routing:


(Those divots are from a Forstner bit...the pocket will be 3/16" deeper than it is now, which will more than get rid of any marks from the drill bit.)

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This is looking good. I would be envying Shesky for getting this guitar but I've already decided that my next build (after I complete two Bolt+ kits and a bass rebuild) is going to be a Sharkfin copy or something very similar to it. I have been looking at LP body styles and this one blows all others out of the water IMO. Oooh, thats kinda like a pun.... Laughing

This topic and your other build in progress are some of the first topics I check for updates when I come to the Museum Yeah!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:43 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

bjt wrote:
This is looking good. I would be envying Shesky for getting this guitar but I've already decided that my next build (after I complete two Bolt+ kits and a bass rebuild) is going to be a Sharkfin copy or something very similar to it. I have been looking at LP body styles and this one blows all others out of the water IMO. Oooh, thats kinda like a pun.... Laughing


You should have one done just for the halibut. I had one that came up missing. I thought I'd lobster, but then I flounder.
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I have this strange urge to go out to eat at Red Lobster tonight.......
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:42 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Did I mention it'll be getting Sperzel locking tunas? Laugh Hard

Anyway, thanks for the compliment, bjt; if I can help you know where to find me.

Today's progress: (I love it when they get to this stage and look like guitars!!...click the pics for full-size...forgot my camera so cell phone pics it is.)

Neck pocket nice and clean


Three views of things coming together






Some nice figuring on the back of the neck there.

This is a set neck; the last 1.5" or so of the neck will be routed out and covered by the neck pickup. I'll clean up the body with the router tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:34 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Lookin' good, keep the pics comin'! Applause
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:39 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Final body shape is routed. Some more sanding to do, and then the belly contour and forearm contour, edge roundover...

Putting the center line back on in the neck cavity to align the body template for routing


Ended up with some awesome grain on the edges




Rough-drawn contour lines for the belly contour


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 5:18 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Where's you acquire these skills, Rick? It's looking great.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:08 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

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Ended up with some awesome grain on the edges

That's for sure. Drool
What kind of finish is the guitar going to have? It would be a shame to cover that grain.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:46 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks, guys.

Delph, I don't know, I just read a lot and then practice on scrap before I do anything. My dad builds the interiors of luxury yachts, and always had a woodshop when I was growing up, so maybe it's rubbed off on me a little. Cool

SirFreak, it's going to be an oil finish of some kind, likely Tru-Oil. I'll do some tests on scrap and see if Tru-Oil or tung oil or something else looks best.

Here's today's progress--the contour on the back of the body is rough cut (first with an angle grinder with a 60 grit flap wheel, then with rasps, Microplanes, and sandpaper):



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