Foundation 2

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  1. nosmo

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    Some of you may remember that I built a guitar for a wounded veteran's foundation last year. Well, I'm going to do that again. I need to give this guitar to my niece for the fundraising sporting clays shoot in April. Figured I should start it now since some of my projects tend to take a little time :rolleyes:

    Actually, I started it about a week ago so it might look like I'm working really fast in the next few posts. Believe me - it's an illusion!

    I didn't really have a plan when I started. But I did have this piece of Hickory.

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    Ran that through the planer.

    Had to decide how to lay the body out to miss this spot.

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    Cut it into two parts and trued up the edges with a straight edge and the 2" spiral router bit. Then, just to be different, decided to add a pinstripe of Rosewood veneer.

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    And glued it up.

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    I think that was it for the body on the first day. I knew I would have to chamber it to get rid of some weight. Also wanted belly and forearm cuts.

    This is how it looked the second day after a little bandsaw action.

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    Of course, nobody will see this side when it's finished.

    On to the neck. Could have been easy. I had a Flame Maple Tele neck already cut out. Cut it several months ago. I kind of wanted to use a 3+3 headstock with my dovetail scarf joint, but I don't have much nice neck wood. Figured I'd just take the blank I have and make it way more difficult.

    The flame is pretty good, but I thought I'd add another pinstripe or two (kind of like Jfellows did in the challenge).

    I just laid out the design on the blank...

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    ...cut it on the bandsaw...

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    ...and glued in some RW veneer.

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    Now this cut doesn't go all the way through the headstock, so to make it easier to glue the veneer in, I used a couple clamps to spread it open.

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  2. kissTheApex

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    Yay! Another nosmo build!
     
  3. adirondak5

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    Ahhhh , the old double helix neck trick

    Good to see ya back at it nosmo , hickory is beautiful .
     
  4. R. Stratenstein

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    ^^^yes, this!
     
  5. lbridenstine

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    Looks great so far.
     
  6. nosmo

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    Thanks folks. Hickory is all I had. I bought some Cypress, but I don't think it's dry enough yet.

    Thanks Lisa. Figured I should start early if I want to spend 3 months finishing it :lol:

    Na......that ain't gonna happen.
     
  7. nosmo

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    Day 2.......or 3.

    Neck was dry enough to cut the other line...

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    ...and glue that pinstripe in.

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    Time to work on the body. I think I ran it back through the planer. That would make sense. Get rid of that pesky glue and get the two halves level. No picture of that, but I'm sure you have some idea of what that looked like.

    Once it was flat it was time to attach the template and rout it to shape.

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    I didn't want the jack flat, so I put some anti-idiot tape there to remind me.

    The infamous spiral router bit. Some love it. Some fear it.

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    The trick is to cut the blank very close to the line and use very light pressure against the bit.

    Like I said, I want a belly cut, so after a couple test runs on scrap.....

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    I also want a forearm cut and I need to chamber the body. Right now it weighs about 7.6lbs. I had these cut offs from the Ziricote build.

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    Should make some decent covers.

    Just need to cut off a couple slices.

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    A tweak here and a tweak there and those should work.

    Now for the forearm contour. Never done this before. Well, I did once twist a whole body to get the same effect, but I'm not going there.

    A little Rube Goldberg contraption and a bandsaw...

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    ...and just chop that off.

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    After a little sanding with a block it looks about right to me.

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    Of course now I have to make the cover conform to that shape.

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    I figure a few relief cuts should do the trick. Just had to clamp the cover to a nice square block. Or a bunch of MDF.

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    This is a highly technical operation. The depth of cut has to be precise.

    Yeah really......I just eye-balled it.

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    And got lucky.

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    Set the router depth the same as the covers and free handed the chamber shelves. I mean it's not like I'm building a piano. No one will ever see this joint.

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    I did use a straight piece of Corian to guide the router on the straight sides.

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    That should work.
     
  8. FreddyS

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    You always have a new twist on your guitars, cool!:D
     
  9. nosmo

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    Thanks Freddy. Like I said, I didn't even have a plan for this one. No theme so to speak. Thought I'd just keep it simple, but as you'll see, it gets a little tricky in the details.
     
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    This part wasn't all that tricky.

    Used the old washer trick to lay out the chambers.

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    You know, a new washer would work just as well. Whatever.

    Drilled most of the waste out.

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    I was worried about hitting the belly cut, so I didn't go too close to that area. I also didn't use the router on the bass side. I just chiseled it out.

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    I did, however, use the router on the treble side. Someone might look in there one day.

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    Then I glued the covers on.

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  11. R. Stratenstein

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    :confused: You named your bandsaw "Tension?" :eek:

    I really liked your Bellicut and forearm jigs. May have occasion to copy them.

    Do we have pickup plans for this one yet?
     
  12. nosmo

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    No. I named it Hubert. That's just to remind me to put the tension lever in the right position before I turn it on.

    Copy away

    Maybe........
     
  13. barbrainy

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    I, for one, am disappointed.

    Based on the title of the thread, I was expecting tips on how to apply foundation to the face.

    There just isn't enough threads on make-up around here. :cry:
     
  14. nosmo

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    You sure you're on the right forum?
     
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    Fast forward a couple more days…

    Ran the body through the planer again. Sucker's getting kind of thin.

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    Then it was time to start on the fretboard

    I had this piece of Birdseye Maple. Not a whole lot of bird's eyes, but it's pretty hard. Should make a nice fretboard.

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    I used the same jig I always use. Didn't take any pictures. I think there's a video of it in action in one of my builds. Anyway, the board ends up with a 12" radius at the nut and a 16" radius at the heel.

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    Gathered up all my fretting paraphernalia and laid out the frets.

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    Started cutting the slots with the StewMac saw & a square. Finished them with the little HF saw.

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    Didn't really need that last picture, but I took it so……

    Oh look, here's a bird's eye.

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    And if you look really, really hard, you can see the other one.

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    Tell you a secret. I meant to make this guitar a 25.5" scale but I laid out a 25" scale. D'oh! Guess I'll just move the bridge. Don't tell anyone.
     
  16. OpenG Capo4

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    Awesome work Nosmo. The helix neck is great.
     
  17. nosmo

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    Thanks - I'm hoping it will look good after its shaped. Haven't gotten that far yet.
     
  18. DrASATele

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    Oh, yeah, REAL simple :eek:

    I dig the fine details. Looking good!

    That's pretty much my fretting set up too, except I use a regular miter box instead of a square :D
     
  19. nosmo

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    Chris - I've never been able to use a miter box for fretting. Too cheap to buy StewMac's. And with the depth stop I couldn't figure out how to make one. It has been getting harder & harder to cut the slots with the SM saw. That's why now I just start them with that one and finish them with the little Harbor Freight saw. It's cheap & sharp.
     
  20. barbrainy

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    This is the Men in Makeup Forum, right?
     
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