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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:48 pm 
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1st scratch built box closed. Wash coat only. All mahogany w/ Englemann bracing. The x braces are slightly shorter (.45") than my target (.5") so let's hope it doesn't fall apart.

I'd like to find a different saw for the kerf cuts. Fret saw has a depth stop but the cuts are a bit thin.

Undecided on tinting or staining under a shellac french polish.

Neck's are coming along slow but sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:04 pm 
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Martin's top bracing of the 00 in the mid 30's was .45 and less, so you should be OK

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:41 pm 
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ruby@magpage.com wrote:
Martin's top bracing of the 00 in the mid 30's was .45 and less, so you should be OK

Ed


Thanks! I appreciate that. Box seems sturdy enough and has a nice tone when tapped around the lower bout and bridge plate. I got this wood on sale and am glad I did another practice run before doing the more expensive sets cuz I love this guitar!


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:09 am 
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rough dovetails came out. Next challenges are fretboards and bending a cutaway on the next one up.


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:14 pm 
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As a new builder, I get overloaded w/ information sometimes. I've see guitars w/ this strip of wood in the tail block (cross grain from the block) and think I remember a post about it here but can't find it. So I've made one and thought I'd post inquiring on just why I am doing this. :D

This is a mahogany strip from a back so is about 1/8" deep. I've read this can help the block from cracking. As this one will have a pickup jack here, I thought I'd try it. Any opinions or more information on adding a strip into the tail block?


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:58 am 
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after more searching, I found the answer. It is for crack mitigation on drop and should be plywood.

source: blues creek quick tip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PWWJLOGk6A


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:03 pm 
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i miscalculated this distance and was off by .1" which doubles as it's 1/2 the width of the fretboard. Instead of selling me an expensive blanket, John recommended the clothes iron to remove this block and the fish glue released easily. I cleaned it up and it was long so trimmed the side and reglued. Back in business.

my fretboard will be 2 1/8" at fret 12 so this 14th fret distance is 2.175" /2 = 1.0875. Got it on 2nd try.

The form and insert are working ok.


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:09 pm 
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2nd home-made box, 1st cut-away. There are a couple of issues along the edge that I hope the herringbone and side binding will cover but we'll see. Looks like any issues if visible will be minor so I'm pretty happy.


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:02 pm 
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Particularly happy w/ this one.

I re-sawed a 5/4 board on my tablesaw to make these back and sides. I broke 3 sets of sides bending this cut-away so glad I was making them from cheap but very nice looking (to me) lumber. This grain has just the look I was going for.

This mahogany was much more difficult to bend than the less figured set i posted earlier in this thread. This one sure taught me how to plane and chisel with the grain.

John's new bending video helped quite a bit. I agree w/ his recommendation that the mahog likes about 275f/135c on the bending iron and just hit w/ a sprayer before bending or else trouble comes in many ways.


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 Post subject: Re: Three 0's
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:13 pm 
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You're doing a great job! They're looking really nice.


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