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  1. #17

    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: Florida
    ME: Epi MKH LP7
    MA: Hyostar SJ-971
    MB: LTD B-206SM
    Rig: Blackstar HTMetal 100>2x1

    iTrader: 0

    Nice. Makes me want to try building my own guitar.

  2. #18

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Somerville, Ma
    ME: Suhr Modern 7
    MA: Martin MC16-GTE
    MB: Dingwall Afterburner 5
    Rig: Mesa Roadster, Recto 4x12

    iTrader: 5 (100%)

    Shit dude, this is awesome.
    "They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are a bit dicier." - David Foster Wallace

  3. #19

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Seekaaahhhk, MA
    ME: Bugsy
    MA: Cane
    Rig: Bias

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    Thank you all so much! I'm excited, and a bit nervous, to see how this turns out. Unchartered territory for me to some extent.

    Quote Originally Posted by dpm View Post
    Man, you are one masochistic dude

    Little tip for the fret slotting if you keep using that method - embed a couple of small neodymium magnets in the end of the radius block and they'll keep the saw running true
    Why? Because of all the hand tools? Aside from re-sawing, I like using hand tools more often. They're quiter, and less likely to quickly remove things I didn't want removed. I don't even have a table saw anymore.

    Great tip for the magnets in the radius block! Thank you!

    Next step is installing the rosette. I was going to use this adjustable hole cutting bit in the drill press....

    ...but after a test run, changed my mind. It worked ok on a test piece, but, made me kinda worried...being my first build...I'd rather take some time and get it right. So I decided to make my own circle cutting...thing.

    The head and pivot are made of maple and the beam is oak and the pivot pin is 1/8" steel rod. I made it from scrap stuff. Hopefully it's self explanatory how it works. Gotta say, I'm pretty happy with how well it works! It did a bunch of test to get a feel for it and get the radius just right.

    Time to do it for real! I used tape to set the depth of cut instead of moving the blade up and down. It was super easy and worked perfectly!

    ...inner line is cut...

    ...using a mini-router plane to cut the trench to depth...


    That was nerve-wracking! If I screwed it up, I'd probably have to make a new top, or get/make a larger rosette.

    Thanks again for reading!

  4. #20

    Join Date: Jan 2013
    Location: Edmonton
    ME: Kramer Proaxe
    MB: Ibanez SR605
    Rig: Mark V/5153

    iTrader: 9 (100%)

    Rob you truly are talented I love that fact that you do this with bleed sweet and tears.
    Learn to be quick anyone can be slow

    Do you look at the toilet paper after you wipe?

  5. #21

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Woodbridge, VA
    ME: KxK ProtoVii-7
    MA: Martin D-28
    Rig: Mesa/Boobies Stiletto

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    Goddamn, and you're building it practically Amish.
    Division: American Metal without the suck.

    So live for today,
    Tomorrow never comes.
    Die young, die young,
    Can't you see the writing in the air?
    Die young, gonna die young,
    Someone stopped the fair.

  6. #22

    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Location: Arkansas, USA
    ME: Les Paul Standard
    Rig: Randall RD45

    iTrader: 0

    I could probably scratch build an electric. It would probably look like shit, but it would work ok I guess. However, an acoustic is far too complicated for my untalented self to even think about attempting. I can't wait to see how this turns out. Oh, nice band saw by the way.

  7. #23

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Cambridge, UK
    ME: Les Paul
    MB: Buttery Biscuit
    Rig: Mesa/Sunn

    iTrader: 4 (100%)

    Damn man. This is looking awesome.

  8. #24

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Woods
    ME: Agile Pendulum
    MA: Ibanez EW20ASENT
    MB: Ibanez
    Rig: Line6 Pod Farm

    iTrader: 4 (100%)

    I'll come over to take pictures..

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