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« Reply #100 on: March 12, 2013, 03:38:01 AM »

I took a little time last night to mark where to put the fingerboard markers and after I put Joey on the bus I went and drilled the holes and stuck in the 2.3mm (3/32") dots in with some super glue. I used tweezers so luckily I was able to prevent gluing any parts of my body to the guitar. Afterward I went at the neck with a rasp and a sandpaper belt to refine the neck profile. It felt like I was gripping a baseball bat before and though I'm still not done (I need to removed about 1/16" from either side of the fretboard to get it down to 1-3/4" wide at the headstock end) I'm much closer to where I need to be. I also broke out the sanding wheel on my Dremel and cleaned up the edge of the fingerboard at the soundhole.





BTW, what do you think of the markers? The pattern should look familiar as they were inspired by the markers on my OM-03R.
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« Reply #101 on: March 13, 2013, 07:58:45 AM »

Looks good Neil - the markers are great - I prefer the simplistic but functional appearance
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« Reply #102 on: March 26, 2013, 03:27:20 AM »

The other day I made a template out of some scrap maple and used this cheap setup to drill the tuner holes. I thought they looked a little too close to the nut so I adjusted the pilot holes and wished I didn't. When I put the tuners on near the top of the headstock I thought it looked funny so I mounted them all upside down.







While it looked good to me I'd heard that having the tuners on upside down would cause the guitar to go out of tune easier so I popped them out and put them back on the right way.





So now I'm thinking ahead a little and will leave the neck rough for now. I want to get that saddle done once and for all and move on to final sanding and pore filling the body.
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« Reply #103 on: March 26, 2013, 03:19:12 PM »

I don't know that mounting the tuners upside down would cause them to go out of tune but wouldn't they rotate backwards? In other words, wouldn't you have to rotate the knob clockwise to tighten the string? That could cause some confusion.
I think they look fine the way you have them now, good work Neil.
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« Reply #104 on: April 19, 2013, 07:42:20 PM »

Nothing much new to report apart from patching up some purfling that tore out while scraping.

Meanwhile., I've kicked off another build: a short scale rosewood/Carpathian spruce short scale 14 fret dreadnouth. I've got the top and back joined. I'm using all hand tools this time; I've used a jack plane to reduce the thickness of the spurce and it's a very satisfying experience.
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« Reply #105 on: May 15, 2013, 01:55:50 AM »

More pics from the last few weeks:

Frets installed but not leveled or crowned:



Here are some pics of my first inspection of the frets. Things look pretty good because my 36" metal rule seems to be resting flush on all the frets but I'm sure things will present themselves once I use the caul and see if there are any raised frets or unseated edges.



Meanwhile, on the bridge end of things with the rule laying across the frets I'm looking for "ball park" height without taking a true measurement of taking the height of the saddle into account. The height of my bridge blank is 7/16":



Just for curiosity's sake I decided to check using my old lawsuit Tak's bridge. I had had that guitar set up for my preferences about 10 years ago:



Looks promising, but again I have to take the saddle height into account don't I? Anyway, here's the measurement of the old bridge's thickness (including some sections of ripped off spruce from the Tak's laminated top.)



Then I sanded the body with 150 and 220 grit while breaking down some ultra blonde shellac flakes into 2 and 1 pound cuts. Here's the body with a spit coat of 1 pound blonde shellac just to seal things up prior to touching up gaps in the purfling with CA and sawdust. Afterward I took it outside to admire the color of the woods:





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« Reply #106 on: June 09, 2013, 12:21:25 AM »

I've been trying to come up with an idea on how to fill in torn out purfling. Previous attempts at splicing in multiline purfling hasn't been successful so I opted to do some decorative inlay. I traced a guitar pick on some rosewood scrap and bound them with fine BWB purfling.





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« Reply #107 on: June 09, 2013, 12:24:32 AM »

Looks really good to me.  +1
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« Reply #108 on: June 25, 2013, 05:32:08 PM »

I'm in the midst of French polishing...









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« Reply #109 on: June 25, 2013, 06:36:54 PM »

I like it a lot
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« Reply #110 on: July 01, 2013, 09:27:12 PM »

This is incredible. I'm a newbie to the forum but always wanted to attempt my own build. Inspiring!
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« Reply #111 on: July 01, 2013, 09:37:03 PM »

Looking good!
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« Reply #112 on: July 02, 2013, 12:43:41 AM »

Truly beautiful.
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« Reply #113 on: July 02, 2013, 05:43:39 PM »

The French polish is progressing nicely. It's far from perfect but it's building a nice shine:







BTW, this is the first time in years I've put mulch in our flower beds. I hope it makes my wife happy!
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« Reply #114 on: July 02, 2013, 05:51:24 PM »

Looking good, Neil.  
Good choice on the French polish, too.
Truly a labor of love.
In fact this build has outlasted more than a few marriages.  
I had a chance to check this guitar out. Man, I could never do anything like this.
I salute you, sir.
Here, have a donut.  

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« Reply #115 on: July 02, 2013, 07:05:03 PM »

   You are showing some talent here.  nice guitar
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« Reply #116 on: July 04, 2013, 01:22:12 AM »

Thanks, Mark and Danny!

There's still a little ways to go but I'm in the home stretch for sure!
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« Reply #117 on: July 04, 2013, 11:57:19 AM »

Really cool looking piece of work you've got going! This post of yours really has got me thinking...40 plus years of woodworking and guitar playing, though I know virtually none of the nuances of guitar building. I think I might just take a serious look at the possibility sometime in the next couple years. Any good reading material you'd suggest? 
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« Reply #118 on: July 05, 2013, 08:26:33 PM »

Great work , Neil!
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« Reply #119 on: July 06, 2013, 03:03:12 AM »

Really cool looking piece of work you've got going! This post of yours really has got me thinking...40 plus years of woodworking and guitar playing, though I know virtually none of the nuances of guitar building. I think I might just take a serious look at the possibility sometime in the next couple years. Any good reading material you'd suggest? 

I relied heavily on Johnathan Kinkead's book (because it has a lot more pictures) but picked up Cumpiano and Natelson's book as well for the theory end. I also watched a lot of the O'brien videos on youtube and lurked a lot over at the Official Luthier's Forum and the Kit Builders Forum as well. Last but not least, I have been corresponding with several other beginner and intermediate level hobbyists like myself and have corresponded extensively with professional luthiers Tim McKnight and John Hall. Though I have only worked over at my friend's workshop or in my basement, the pro luthiers have been extraordinarily supportive and have helped when I was really stuck or in need of something that Luthiers Mercantile or Stewart McDonald couldn't provide.
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