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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:00 am 
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Your build looks great! You've come a long way.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:30 am 
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This home made go deck works fine. Cut fiberglass snow marker poles as needed. I move the top up and down as needed for braces or the box. I raise and lower the top for each operation. Perhaps longer poles into the ceiling would be easier. It is easy but tedious to setup and you can see I forgot to tighten a bolt. Once dry fit looks good I mark the poles and shims, and repeat.

Rigid top is the key and you can see I stacked plywood but it still bows a bit. The poles make a very snug clamp but it did take a few guitars to learn to keep them in place.

John's halo set solved my issue of braces drifting around. Dry fit is easier than gluing because the glue makes things slide around.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:52 pm 
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I guess this would be a milestone. Build is flying along. Lockdown has its payoffs. Is it still 2020?

Finally added a label and brand to my builds. Pretty much followed the excellent how-to on stewmac to make the label.

Notes: Laser printer, not ink jet. hhg works. I didn't stain the letterhead paper but I did put wash coat shellac on it. I made the label with MS Word with some fonts I had purchased for the project.

Ps. Have permission to post new owner's name here which you can see I added to both the block and the label. One thing for sure, every owner of my builds was just thrilled to see their initials in the model number and now names on the label. I think it is one of their favorite parts of having a custom guitar.


ps..oops. forgot the soundhole braces. haha. back to the bench.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:47 am 
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Looks great John. Keep up the good work.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:10 pm 
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I'm a bit thrilled and annoyed at the same time so wanted some opinions. After just 3 wash coats on my new build, I step back and honestly, can't see any difference between it and our Martin w/ satin finish.


Side by side.

My build sanded to 220. 3 wash coats. No fill.
Our Martin 00L-17 with satin finish. No fill.


I had not considered this finish before. If I were to want this finish, I think I would want to build up some more anyway, then buff off the shine? Seems like a bad idea to stop here.


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