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« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2015, 08:44:00 AM »

Thanks for sharing pics of your progress— enjoying them too! Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2015, 05:34:43 PM »

Danny...that outdoor table looks like such a cool place to work.  All's you need now is an ice cold mint julip!
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« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2015, 05:59:08 PM »

Danny...that outdoor table looks like such a cool place to work.  All's you need now is an ice cold mint julip!
  You are so right about working outside. I built the deck that the table is on a few months ago, it's a great place for the table.
     Most of the day the huge ash tree shades the table area and when it gets too sunny the umbrella puts us back in the shade. For sanding work it's an easy clean up, just hose it off.

     A family of rabbits took up housekeeping under the deck. The baby rabbits are sure cute and fun to watch.
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« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2015, 09:12:14 PM »




These are alcohol inks that I decided to mix and use to get an old, stressed look on the top. The top cracks and varying thickness was giving the top too poor of an appearance to have a clear oil finish, so this is the beginning of my compromise. The finish should change the color tone towards Amber.
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« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2015, 09:14:29 PM »







     Just doing the best I can at this point.
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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2015, 03:47:54 AM »

how about a shot of just the crack,kinda like to see how it came out.
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« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2015, 03:50:04 PM »

Looks really good.  I think If it were mine I would do a high gloss black lacquer top and leave the rest natural, ah but alas its yours not mine. Maybe someday I'll find a good deal on a fixer-upper.
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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2015, 06:35:38 PM »

how about a shot of just the crack,kinda like to see how it came out.
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     Three cracks, two not bad so far. The large one came out bad. I worked on that crack for four hours. I still may change the appearance as the finish gets put on.
      The large crack was torture, but I learned from it.
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« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2015, 09:07:39 PM »

Color wise, it almost looks like a cedar top...  not quite dark enough for mahogany.

Nice job.

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« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2015, 09:11:01 PM »

Color wise, it almost looks like a cedar top...  not quite dark enough for mahogany.

Nice job.

Ed
By the time the Amber tone finish goes on it may look more mahogany. This has been discouraging at times so I appreciate the kind comments. Though any comments are welcome.
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« Reply #30 on: May 22, 2015, 11:36:11 PM »





First layer of finish on. It looks bright in sunlight but it is darker. Not what I was hoping for, but we'll see in the end.
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« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2015, 12:05:52 AM »

Danny, you amaze me with the results you have been able to achieve with this project.  From the perspective of the last couple of photos you have submitted of it, there is no sign of the top cracks you have so admirably repaired.  The care you have put into rehabbing this guitar is going to result in a keeper (I am betting).  Looking Good!  bowdown
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« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2015, 07:59:47 PM »

It looks good, Danny, and I say "let it be" what it's gonna be - let it's character shine through, cracks and all, then just play and enjoy! 

Regarding your luthier and finishing skills:  bowdown
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« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2015, 08:43:55 PM »

Thanks y'all, but I'm no Luthier by a long shot. I'm just a guitar enthusiast who enjoys restoring old ones and playing any of them.

I have the top to a high gloss now and asked my wife if I should make it satin or leave it gloss? She said satin, so I'm gonna go that direction now.Then I'll clean off the finish where the bridge goes and glue it on. This one needs major fret board clean up and fret dressing so I can work on the neck while the bridge is clamped down.

          Eventually this will probably go to a grandchild.
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« Reply #34 on: May 24, 2015, 08:56:41 PM »




I didn't have clamps deep enough for this bridge, so two bolts plus one clamp that just reaches the middle, with the aid of some ebony as well, will do the job. The caul inside is wrapped in wax paper to prevent gluing it to the bridge plate.
Changed the finish back from gloss to satin. I'll buff it out as well.

      Gonna work on the neck and headstock next.
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« Reply #35 on: May 24, 2015, 09:08:39 PM »

I just Love homemade solutions...   bowdown   
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« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2015, 09:11:59 PM »

I just didn't feel like going down to Lowes blush
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« Reply #37 on: May 25, 2015, 12:22:25 AM »

LOL!  My favorite excuse is Home Depot!  The simplest remedies often work out better than the store bought tools anyway.  My luck is they usually don't have what I need when I get there, so I have to improvise.

The top on this guitar from this photo slightly resembles South American Lacewood, a little bit.  I swear, if you did not know those cracks were there you would not notice them from this angle...  Keep 'em coming we are enjoying your project (without enduring your toil).   
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« Reply #38 on: May 25, 2015, 12:47:38 AM »

Very impressive, Danny. 
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« Reply #39 on: May 25, 2015, 03:37:59 AM »

You can use a mahogany fuller paste in the open crack mixed with wood glue.It should blend with the stain your using.
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