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Old March 13th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Throwing my hat in for my first builder challenge. Not a beginner, but I am a rookie,


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Old March 13th, 2012, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old March 13th, 2012, 06:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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With only 1.5 guitars under my belt, I'm a rookie too, so I bid you a hearty Good Luck!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 09:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks all for the encouragement. I have never built a neck, so that will be a little scary, but I have leveled quite a few, so I know the last step ;)
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Old March 14th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My wood. 5/4 Flamed Maple for neck. Log of Poplar for body and Flamed Maple Laminate.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 04:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i'll be tuning in zook!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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One of the first things I have to do is carve the slice of body off of the log. It has been cut and laying around for a year, so I will have some kiln (kitchen oven) time to season the wood so the checking is held to a minimum.

If it is too bad and I have to fill too much I plan to laminate the top and maybe the front and back with binding. I will probably bind it regardless just because I like to do it and like the look of it.

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Old March 14th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Very cool Czook.

How hard, or soft is that poplar log?

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Old March 14th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Not real hard, but hard enough to hold screws. I made a Jag body a couple weeks ago out of a similar one and it is surprisingly hard for poplar/cottonwood.

My challenge will be drying it enough to prevent future cracking and checking. The Jag blank I made is stable and is not cracking except for when I initially dried it in my kiln, which are small and easily filled.

Once I have it carved out while still in log form with a router and then slice it off with a chainsaw I will put it in the oven for a day or so and let it sit for a few weeks before I finish rout it. I will need that time to carve a neck anyway.
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That sounds like a pretty unique technique. Holy crap I used a Q in two words in a row! I wish I was playing scrabble. Oh, sorry my mind kind of wandered there. That is some nice looking wood you have. I can't wait to see what you build.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I found this log/wedge along a mud road last week where some trees had been cleared about a year ago. Though it is dry on the surface once I cut the body slab off it will be fairly green, so I will be using unique technique to dry it.

24 hours in a convection oven at 218f. :)
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Good luck with the makeshift kiln; I'll be eager to see how it works. If that log survives uncracked, it'll make a beautiful body.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'll have it sliced and planed to a little over 2" before it goes into the oven, but I may have to name it the 'CrackCaster'.
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I'll have it sliced and planed to a little over 2" before it goes into the oven, but I may have to name it the 'CrackCaster'.
I had a really nice birch burl I tried to dry.Built a box to go over the heat duct.Didn't work very well.I hope you have better luck!
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Old March 16th, 2012, 12:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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First Cut is Always...

Starting shaping the body log this morning using chainsaw, hammer and wedge.
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Damn man that redefines the term "rough cut", Impressive, my hat is off to you! . Cant wait to see how this evolves. Keep up the good work.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 01:16 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Good luck, Chuck. I'll be watching this one. Maybe I'll have the stones to throw my hat in the ring next year. Until then, I'll live vicariously through you.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Planed the top a bit to see what I have for grain pattern, knots, & defects.
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