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Old March 13th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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R. Stratenstein's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Somehow, this makes me nervouser than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, but deep breath in, breathe out thru the nose-- I'm in.

I'm sure everybody will get more comfortable once the wood chips (and alligator hide chunks, and concrete dust, and stainless steel sparks, and acrylic pieces, etc. ) start flying.

Not sure I'm up to my "big idea", but there's some basic work to be done before I commit to anything uh, unusual, let's say. Maybe something I'm more comfy with will come to me in the meanwhile.

Best of luck all--can't wait to see the always-extraordinary craftsmanship and creative ideas this brings out.


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Old March 13th, 2012, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is "nervouser" even a word...

Good Luck. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 09:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that was a rather enigmatic post, so I'm thinking you're up to something

Good luck, man!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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that was a rather enigmatic post, so I'm thinking you're up to something

Good luck, man!
Oh, if only it were true! Best of luck to you too!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Is "nervouser" even a word...

Good Luck. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Yeah, it's a word if you're too nervous to come up with the right word!!
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Okey Dokey, I'm All In

Official entry pictures follow.

A slab of poplar, a split of ebony, and a board of bloodwood beside me in the wilderness, and. . . forget the poetry--

Found a nice stack of mildly figured maple at the hardwood mill last time I was there, they were milling for a cabinet maker who wanted clear, so they were selling the stuff as seconds. Not spectacular, but respectable figure. My gain!

Billet of poplar came from same place, but all the way outside in the cull shed-- I don't know why it was there, except for the end that's kind of bunged up. Anyway, I rescued it, too.

Bought the W. African Ebony fretboard at LMI's clearance page online.

Best of all, my oldest son gave me two gorgeous bloodwood planks for Christmas two years ago, I've been hoarding them for something extra nice. Depending on how this goes (or if I screw up my ebony blank) we could see some bloodwood on this effort.

Oh, yeah, the tinfoil was from my hat. I have re-shaped it, and have it safely on. It's grounded, so I don't hear nearly as much buzzing. Stupid aliens!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Good Omen-Box Came Today

A couple more Official materials entry photos, and Stew Mac delivered some dyes, side marker rod, truss rod nuts, and some binding, which I'm afraid might be a little too ivory. We'll see.

Parts of the maple board have good figure that goes clean through--may be a candidate for some book-matching. Still pondering exactly what to do.

One of the dye colors is black. I thought I could fix the streaks in the ebony with it, and use it for finish tinting also, instead of buying a single-purpose fretboard blacking solution. Besides, they were out of it when I wanted to order.

Hope to get a little woodworking actually done this evening.
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Another use for the black dye (as I'm sure you're aware) is to pop the figure on the maple.

I'm gonna try to get my challenge entry photo in this evening. There's at least three of us from the greater Atlanta area competing.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Another use for the black dye (as I'm sure you're aware) is to pop the figure on the maple.

I'm gonna try to get my challenge entry photo in this evening. There's at least three of us from the greater Atlanta area competing.
Excellent point. I think if I saw it out carefully, I could come up with some pretty decent figured wood, especially with some dye enhancement.

That's at least two of us from the Eastern half of greater Atlanta--who is the other Atlanta-area builder?

Some day I'd like to compare notes with you about wood sources. You come up with some beautiful stuff, and talk about country sawmills I'm not familiar with. My maple and poplar came from Suwanee Hardwoods, which I'm sure you know about, and there's a place way up in Cleveland, but other than those. . .

I'll be looking for your entry photos, and best of luck.
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AlexLaguna is the other metro Atlanta participant in the challenge that I know of. His profile says he's in Lawrenceville so I guess we're all East of Atlanta.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 11:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wood Meets Cold Steel

My ebony fretboard blank appears to have been sawed with a 2 tpf (2 tooth per foot) blade--it's rough.

It will need the attention of Mr. Snipes. Mr. Snipes has an attitude. Unless you fool him, he'll grind the ends of your board thinner than the middle.

So to fool Mr. Snipes, first we joint the edges of the ebony blank so we can glue extension strips to the edges. Also, so I wouldn't overlook them, I chalked two fair sized gouges in the edge of the pretty face--have to deal with that later.

Then we set up the table saw to cut some scrap wood the thickness of the fretboard blank. We cut two pieces about 6" longer than the fretboard blank. Then we glue them up, with the fretboard in the middle, and the extension strips protruding about 3" on each end.

The longer length of the extension strips takes the snipe, letting the ebony blank in the middle be smoothed without planer snipe.

We'll let the glue dry overnight, and then let Mr. Snipes chew on the assembly, and also the poplar body blank. I'll just cut that a bit longer--allowing for cutting off the sniped ends. I'll need some scrap wood to test finish colors, etc. on anyway.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Exciting Day

Got my Challenge build really started, and there was a bit of excitement in the front yard, too. County decided we needed a new water main. (And that I didn't need a driveway for a couple of hours) They also got the neighborhood's cable TV line with their backhoe. Not often I'm glad I don't have cable, but today, I was!
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Nice solution to the snipe problem. I'll have to store that away for future use...
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I used to do something like that years ago when I had a wood business. Instead of gluing it all up, I would just butt a scrap the same thickness behind the good board and push it through. I sure wish there were some hardwood saw mills around here.

Good luck in the challenge.
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That is some beautiful wood.
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What I do with my boards that have edges like that is I screw or tape a straight piece to one edge and use that as a guide against the table saw fence. That squares up the edge so you don't have to remove as much wood when jointing it.
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Got my Challenge build really started, and there was a bit of excitement in the front yard, too. County decided we needed a new water main. (And that I didn't need a driveway for a couple of hours) They also got the neighborhood's cable TV line with their backhoe. Not often I'm glad I don't have cable, but today, I was!
Dude, I drive the exact same red & tan Excursion. Great truck, wish I could drive past a gas station without having to stop.
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Yeppers, that is some sweet wood , and I don't say that to just anybody
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