1st Acoustic Kit Build

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Diane Kauffmds
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Nice neat work.
joseph d
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Found some time to work on this today. Made a couple of radius templates and started messing with the braces, At this rate I may be done by Christmas....
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Diane Kauffmds
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That's a good looking jig. Your bracing should come out nice.
joseph d
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Thanks Diane, I had some longish scrapes so I thought why not...
joseph d
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So I started prepping the rims for top & back gluing. Back - no problem, not much to be concerned about. Tried prepping the top following the BCG vids. The top geometry is giving me some doubts...
Used a 28" dish and chalk. Sanded down till chalk was only left from about the neck side of the sound hole to around where the bridge will be.
If I recall correctly the vid says this should get me close to the correct neck angle?? Measured the neck block angle with a protractor I'm coming up with close to 4 degrees. I believe that I should be shooting for 1.5 degrees at the neck block angle.
I'm sure I'm doing something wrong...will have to revisit the video again.
joseph d
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So I started prepping the rims for top & back gluing. Back - no problem, not much to be concerned about. Tried prepping the top following the BCG vids. The top geometry is giving me some doubts...
Used a 28" dish and chalk. Sanded down till chalk was only left from about the neck side of the sound hole to around where the bridge will be.
If I recall correctly the vid says this should get me close to the correct neck angle?? Measured the neck block angle with a protractor I'm coming up with close to 4 degrees. I believe that I should be shooting for 1.5 degrees at the neck block angle.
I'm sure I'm doing something wrong...will have to revisit the video again.
joseph d
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Slowly coming along. Had to make a new brace - I glue the longer of the 2 tall braces at the waist and the remaining brace was to short to go all the way across the top. Decided no more gluing up at 2AM in the mornings...
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joseph d
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BACK GLUE UP.jpg
TOP BRACING.jpg
Ok - got the top bracing done and notched the top and back rims. Got the back gluing up..
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John J
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Wow. You're really coming along. Your bracing looks very clean and shaped nicely. I've also had to stop myself when it gets late and the chance of a mistake increases.
Learning every day.
joseph d
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Thanks John! Yeah I make mistakes all the time. I make bigger ones late at night ;)
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