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jhowell

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The mold has arrived and the kit should be along in a day or two -- that's the short of it. I've gone through John Hall at Blues Creek Guitars to create a kit that is mostly faithful to the 0-16NY. The neck will be a little out of spec (narrow) with a 1 3/4" nut and 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle.

There will be a couple of weeks of letting the mahogany and sitka aclimatize with a start coming around May 1.

I'll be posting progress updates with photo's and will willing share my insights while building, so feel free to comment and question!

Apr 04, 06 | 4:17 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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kit is on the way

Apr 08, 06 | 6:45 pm
jhowell

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Kit has arrived! Thanks John. The kit is here and the sides are now clamped in the mold. I'll try to have a photo or two posted in the next couple of days. It goes without saying that I am pretty excited!

Apr 10, 06 | 5:06 pm
jhowell

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Thought I'd add an update. The end block and tail blocks are glued in. I hope to have the sides finished by Saturday. I'll be starting work on the neck next as I him-haw around a little about getting a proper radius bowl(s). Great fun and so far so good.

May 04, 06 | 3:56 pm
Bill Cory

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That's great. Let's see some pix!

May 05, 06 | 1:34 pm
jhowell

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Finally got a couple of pictures out of the camera and massaged into something small enough to see:

1) My 'shop' which is a corner in our guest room -- also holds a couple of guitars that I didn't build :) .



2) A couple of shots of the clamping for the tail block:





3) A couple shots of the kerfing:





4) A shot of the side bracing going in:





May 07, 06 | 4:07 pm
Bill Cory

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The guitar is looking good! Have you been to Kathy Matsushita's website? She started in th corner of her bedroom, too. Now, she's highly advanced and highly respected.

Bill

May 07, 06 | 4:58 pm
jhowell

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Time for another update!

My original intention was to build this first kit pretty much 'stock' -- as the parts were sent by John. Well... I've decided to experiment a little! I'm trying my hand a fairly simple fretboard inlay.

I purchased the seven piece squares and diamonds set from Martin's 1833 shop and have done the layout, routed the board and glued them in with epoxy colored by furnature powder. Will be sanding down this afternoon and will have some more photo's to post tomorrow.

Comments:

The layout was pretty straightforward as in a past life I did manual drafting for civil engineering designs. I used a 'silver' pencil from an art supply store and kept it pretty sharp. I also used a rule divided in inches and 1/100's and a small machinist's square.

The routing was an interesting excercise in eye/hand coordination! I used a Dremel on a Stew-Mac base with a Stew-Mac carbide 3/16" downcut bit. It was pretty easy to tell that as a child I had a tough time staying inside the lines with my Crayola's! Hoping that the black epoxy does it's job.

May 28, 06 | 8:21 am
jhowell

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Hi all--

Lets try this again. The photo's are now at www.photobucket.com and that seems to be working better. Many thanks to Bill for helping me though this example of my lack of geekitude.


1) These are the layout tools. Silver pencil, small machinist's square and 6" rule graduated in inches and 1/100's on one side.



2) Using the tools. Notice that the rule fits in a fret slot making a great base for the square.



3) My routing setup. Dremel 400 in a Stew Mac base.



4) The glue in. I used 30 minute epoxy and a colored powder from Stew-Mac.



5) Initial sanding. The final will come when I level the fretboard prior to installing the frets.



Reiterating some earlier comments-- I think that the $10.00 airpump to blow chips out of the hole is a necessity. It will allow the use of a magnifying light to do the routing. I have also been advised to use as high an RPM as my tools will allow and to use a 1/32" end mill -- slightly smaller than I have and will all things related to guitar construction -- practice a lot!!

May 31, 06 | 5:27 pm
Bill Cory

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Jim -- Those inlays look excellent! Way to go! -Bill

Jun 01, 06 | 6:33 am



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