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« Reply #80 on: December 11, 2015, 03:26:24 AM »



Having some trouble with photobucket,  so the pic may dissappear. But here is the rosette glued in. Now it needs to be leveled to the top and then on with the finishing. Also need repairs on some small nicks and such.
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« Reply #81 on: December 11, 2015, 05:31:59 AM »

Here's some pix of how the channel for the rosette was cut.
The small router has a plate made from thick plastic with two 1/8" holes drilled near the end of the plastic extension. This was for different rosettes. A stainless pin was inserted through the hole and then the router was placed on the guitar which had layers of cork and Lexan to even the level of the top with the fret board.
Hot thin hide glue held the soundhole blank in place and the edge of the blank was beveled. That can be seen later.

The whole setup staged for this pic.


Three layers in the middle. Blank with center 1/8" hole- larger blank to support weight - Lexan circle with 1/8" center hole.  This made the center the same hieght as the outer shims.
                  That's it, took me a week to think this up and two days to make
                   it work out. I'm very happy with the results.
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« Reply #82 on: December 11, 2015, 06:05:00 AM »

Thanks for the pics, Dan.  You are a problem solver indeed.  (and a patient guy, I must say)

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« Reply #83 on: December 21, 2015, 12:59:10 AM »

     I had to work this week and haven't had time to do much. But last week I did fill the gaps from chip outs due to  the removal of the binding and the back. Some gaps were filled with slivers of mahogany and others with filler made from sanding dust and thick CA glue. The fills look darker against the sanded sides but once the finish is applied they should blend in better.
     The back is on the right in this pic, enlarge it to see the repairs.


This picture has the back on the left.
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« Reply #84 on: December 21, 2015, 03:31:41 AM »

Just my personal "eye" but I think the D & B (or D + B) should be a little closer together to look "connected" as a logo (and I was a graphic art major in college...).

I think I would also use a thicker font to give it more substance.

Those are my takes...

Love what you're doing, Danny!

 
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« Reply #85 on: December 21, 2015, 03:37:13 AM »

Just my personal "eye" but I think the D & B (or D + B) should be a little closer together to look "connected" as a logo (and I was a graphic art major in college...).

I think I would also use a thicker font to give it more substance.

Those are my takes...

Love what you're doing, Danny!

 
Thanks for the input Mike, I had planned on making them closer and symmetrical. A slight arch.
    One thing that came to me after I put these on was the t used for a + symbol looks like a cross in a subtle way.
EDIT: the little lady said not to mess up the head stock. Also I just didn't like how it looked so I'm redoing it.
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« Reply #86 on: December 21, 2015, 06:23:05 PM »

   
One thing that came to me after I put these on was the t used for a + symbol looks like a cross in a subtle way.


Yes, I caught that, and I like it... 
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« Reply #87 on: December 29, 2015, 02:39:34 AM »

I've been putting finish coats on. I think I'm at five layers now. Here's some more pics.




I'm beginning to really like this guitar and getting the itch to play it.
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« Reply #88 on: December 30, 2015, 04:43:05 PM »

I've been filling the grain on the headstock and staining it using gunstock filler. I've had this filler in my cabinet for awhile and noticed it when the consideration for redoing the tuner head came to me.

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Just added more filler.Then I'll let it dry, rub it in and finish with a clean cloth with the grain. I've been letting it dry for a full day.This is the third fill.
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« Reply #89 on: December 30, 2015, 10:09:39 PM »

Slow and steady does the trick...

That's going to be a nice ol' Harmoney...

 nice guitar
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« Reply #90 on: December 31, 2015, 01:12:55 AM »

Thanks Mike, I think it will be a fine players guitar soon.  I  had to work half of the day today. But if no work comes in it should be strung up sometime this weekend.
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« Reply #91 on: January 01, 2016, 06:15:41 AM »

I think this is the last layer of grain filler. Next will be layers of finish.[/URL[URL=http://s1152.photobucket.com/user/dpndn/media/Ladder%20to%20X%20bracing/20151231_120448_zpsx0mdxzxa.jpg.html]
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« Reply #92 on: January 06, 2016, 01:59:38 PM »

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Cool project, cool thread - thanx for sharing! 
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« Reply #93 on: January 06, 2016, 03:02:17 PM »

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Cool project, cool thread - thanx for sharing! 

Thanks Zohn, it's actually on the dining table right now,  waiting for me to clean up the binding, neck etc. It also needs a truss rod access cut out on the tuner plate and a new wood cover made for it.
     Then if I can't find the nut already made for it a new one will need to be made. After that tuners, saddle, strings and start playing it.
     The varnish finish needs to cure for at least a month and maybe even two before the final polishing up. I'll post a  few more pics a little later on today.
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« Reply #94 on: January 10, 2016, 02:53:15 AM »

      A little late with a few more pics. It is slow going detailed clean up etc. now. The binding is all done as well as the fretboard over the body. The headstock cover looks good  to me, much better than before.
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« Reply #95 on: January 10, 2016, 02:58:25 AM »

Here is a pic of the original truss rod cover. White plastic just won't cut it,  so I will make a wooden cover from the piece laying on the neck. It's from the Russian rifle woodstock as well.
      But I may cheat and just get it ready to play for now.
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« Reply #96 on: January 10, 2016, 04:10:31 AM »

That mahogany top just shimmers, Dan.  Great finishing job.  Looking really good.  Can't wait to hear your impressions of how it sounds when it's all done.
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« Reply #97 on: January 15, 2016, 10:45:20 PM »

That mahogany top just shimmers, Dan.  Great finishing job.  Looking really good.  Can't wait to hear your impressions of how it sounds when it's all done.
On the top there are several dyes mixed at various stages of layering the finish. The result is almost a 3D affect. I'm happy with it, but wonder if I'm able to reproduce it in the future. Still slowly fixing little details as I go. Not in any hurry, just anticipating the first song once it's all back together.
     There will still be a two month wait for the varnish to cure before polishing it all out.


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« Reply #98 on: January 18, 2016, 04:25:16 AM »

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« Reply #99 on: January 20, 2016, 03:03:58 AM »

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Sweet
Thanks Roger, I strung it up tonight and it is indeed sweet. Much louder and bolder when strummed than I thought it would be. Definitely closer to a dread than my other small body guitars. It's a fine complement to the Forum III. I'm still gonna tweak the intonation and such. New nut and saddle, torq rod cover and a bit more.
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