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Jigs - Getting an Early Start
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Craig

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While waiting for my kit I was thinking I could be putting together or buy some jigs to make the process quicker. Any suggestions?

Craig

Aug 11, 06 | 3:23 pm
Bill Cory

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With a Stewmac kit, there aren't very many jigs you have to create. You do make a few gluing cauls, but they require the plans and instructions. If you have downloaded the manual from their site (free PDF in "Free Info" from the left-side menu), you have the information to make those cauls.

You think it's bad now, wait until you have to see it sittng there, acclimating to your humidity, and you can't even start it for a week or so!

Aug 11, 06 | 3:39 pm
mbbransc

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How 'bout going ahead and making the gobar deck?

I've had the same thoughts as Craig. What are some things I can start on how? I've even been debating practicing my routing skills or painting with a spray gun.

Aug 12, 06 | 2:03 pm
Bill Cory

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That's a good idea. A GoBar Deck would be a great project. Take a look a Dennis Weatherly's deck. (click members above and find him.)

Aug 13, 06 | 3:16 am
jhowell

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Practice is good!! Probably the scariest thing that I have done is put a router on a guitar body to do the binding channel. My stomach was in my throat for the whole thing!! Getting the feel for going through the various grain orientations while going around curves was a tactile experience not to be forgotten.

Aug 13, 06 | 8:03 am
Dennis Weatherly

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Or you can wait until I chime in with the link for my GoBar deck: http://www.actsaudio.com/gobar.asp This was built based upon info from this forum and emails with John Hall. It hasn't been put to work yet, but that should change in a couple of weeks. I'll add some more pictures of it in use when I get to that point.

By the way, I bought my 3/16" fiberglass rods at a local TAP Plastics store. I think they also sell online. The price was very good and they come in 6 foot lengths, so I got three GoBars from each one. The nifty little vinyl tips for the rods were mail ordered from Into The Wind kites at www.intothewind.com

Aug 13, 06 | 11:42 am
Craig

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I'm sure there will be many challenges, but the binding routing and purfling is where I keep getting the willies. I've ordered some wood binding from Ken (I really prefer that over plastic stuff) and I know it's the finishing touches that separate most things from looking hack vs. semi-professional :-)

I also ordered another soundboard from a local company just to practice finishing before I attack the the final product. I'm building this guitar to give to my brother for Xmas so I'd like it to look great.

On another front, has anyone attempted inlays? My brother's cottage is on Eagle Lake and he keeps getting stuff with eagle designs I noticed this weekend. Ideally I"d love to find someone who could do the design for me just not sure where to look.

Craig

Aug 14, 06 | 8:47 am
mbbransc

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I haven't attempted anything yet either, but I have the same reservations about the router. I have a dremel and a heavy duty router, but no laminate router. I guess I'll be rigging something up with my dremel. I'm going to try to make something out of wood that I can use instead of buying all sorts of jigs. But I'll be practicing on scraps a LOT!!


Aug 14, 06 | 11:19 am
Bill Cory

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Craig -- there's a guy on eBay who is a wizard with this stuff. His eBay store is at this link. e's reliable; I had him do my name in a specific type font -- he can do anything and it's done well.

Aug 14, 06 | 2:35 pm
Phlytyer (Keith)

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Craig:

There is always the sanding bar. See either the StewMac manual (dreadnought/triple-0) or here.
-Keith

Aug 18, 06 | 10:15 am



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