Long time no post. I've been working away on #1, always little bits and pieces at a time. In fact, usually I wouldn't do enough in a session to warrant even a "tweet"! But lo and behold, after a few months of this, I recently found myself slotting the nut and stringing it up!
I roughed out the saddle and didn't go all the way with the nut slots, figuring I'd let it settle for a couple of weeks before doing the final set up.
Alas, when I masked off the bridge area to apply the finish (Tru-Oil) I came in too far from the edge. So instead of having around 1/16" of finish under the bridge, in some places it was up to 1/4". End result: the bridge popped off (I'm guessing because there wasn't enough contact between bridge and soundboard due to the excess finish).
I hope that all makes sense. I used a couple of coats of shellac followed by around 5 coats of Tru-Oil.
So, I've marked around the bridge and now need to strip back the excess Tru-Oil. Any suggestions on what I should use? Paint stripper? Just carefully sand or scrape it back?
Getting very close now :-)