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I received my African Rosewood/Adirondack 000-14 from John at Blues Creek. It is outstanding! The pics didn't do it justice, it was much more than presented. I'm very excited.
I'll be a little slow getting started, I still need to finish my shop, but it looks like at long last, I'll finally be getting into a build.

I suppose I should start a new thread, but I'll risk a question here. I've been contemplating what to use on my build surface, bench tops etc. to protect these woods. Especially the sensitive tops like redwood or cedar as an example?

So..simply put...what do you have for bench tops?

Is quality indoor/outdoor or short pile carpet a good idea? Or does this bring it's own set of problems with it.

I've used the non-slip webbed material for cupboards in RVs and the like, it's OK...but not for reasonably fresh finishes...or as a sanding surface because it's likely to mark the finish.

What about sanding surface protection? What do you all use?


Jun 30, 10 | 10:29 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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I use a fluffy, clean terry towel under my work when it matters. Blow it off and clean it often, and if you get any hardened glue on it, stop using it. Works good for me. My bench tops are all MDF or partical board.


Jun 30, 10 | 12:04 pm
Ken C

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I have a black mesh rubbery synthetic pad I use, probably similar to what you use in your RV but sold through hardward stores as a non marring, sanding pad. Some of these pads have release agents that could cause havoc with water based finishes, so depending on what type of finish you use, you'll need to use a little caution.

Almost as soon as the top is joined and thicknessed, I brush shellac or a coat or two of my lacquer on the side that will get the rosette. This will protect the top from smaller dings and also from getting stained from your other woods.


Jun 30, 10 | 1:35 pm

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I buy a large sheet of thick posterboard at the dollar store, for, you guessed it, a dollar. I trace the outline of the top on it, cut it out, cut out a space for the soundhole, and tape it on, usually through the soundhole, for as much of the building process as I can. Works great.
Good luck with the Kit!! Exciting.

Dave B

Jun 30, 10 | 3:33 pm
Bill Cory

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Ray -- congrats!

On my workboard, I use a piece of carpet.

For sanding, I found some very soft rubber "welcome" mats that, when turned upside down, it provides a non-slip, non-harmful surface. I also use it as a non-skid pad for when I'm routing.


Jun 30, 10 | 4:28 pm

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Thanks guy's for all your input...all good ideas.
You plan and plan, read everything you can get your hands on...think about it day and night, are absolutely SURE you've got it handled...your doubt what so ever...piece of cake...without question you KNOW it's DEFINATE MAYBE!!!!!
I've never tried anything this's amazing...:) BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Jun 30, 10 | 8:03 pm
Ken Hundley

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Its only intimidating when from your perspective, you are envisioning a finished instrument. Try envisioning a clean work area first, a well-fitted mold second, and a clamped up tail block third. Worry about the rest when you have gotten that far. I should take my own advise..... he he he.

Congrats on the new arrival, can't wait to see it completed.

Jul 01, 10 | 12:39 pm

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Thanks Ken, I get it..I THINK I understand why guy's start with smaller, cheaper kits..get some time in and gather a little confidence before jumping into something as nice as this kit..Oh well, too little too late..I'm committed.
Time will tell! :)

Jul 01, 10 | 3:56 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Take your time . your kit came with full building support from us so don't be afraid to use it. We are here to help

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center

Jul 01, 10 | 4:17 pm

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Thanks John, I will do that! :)

Jul 01, 10 | 9:14 pm

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