My next idea. Inspired by Fender's new Acoustisonic.

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  1. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius TDPRI Member

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    Got it setup to hog out with Forstner bit in the milling machine.

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    Hog out after supper.
     
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    About 120 holes later I have it roughed out.

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    I had to do some contour/step drilling on the upper edge where I have the belly cut, so I didn't end up going through the back side.

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    I will whittle away at it tomorrow with my thumb planes to work it smooth & make it a bit thinner.
     
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    Nice! That is quite some “grown up” mill!!!!
     
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    Manual CNC machine. :cry:

    Better than my bench size drill press.
     
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    This is looking great!

    Sorry, I missed the bit about how you did the top carve out with the router?

    Cheers,

    Alberto
     
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    Yes. I cut it about 0.2" deep to accept the spruce top.

    Then chambered with Forster on mill.
     
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    Did you use a template?
     
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    Did not use a template for routing the top inlay. Routed free-hand.

    I scribed a deep cut by hand, about 3/8" around most of the edge with my purfling cuter, then X-Acto knife where it is wider from the edge where the arm contour will go. Cut at least 1/8" deep with those blades, hoping this would stop chipping of the maple outer edge while routing up to the cut.
    I set the plunge router depth, just slightly less than the thickness of the spruce top, to allow for sanding the edge of maple & spruce level with each other. Then routed about 1" wide route all around the outer edge of the inlay, very carefully going just to the edge of the cut. Then routed the rest of the inlay area out.
    After, I used a sharp knife & chisel to scrape the edge square down & uniform.

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    Hope this explanation helps understand how I did it.
     
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    Started milling out the chamber yesterday to clean up the Forstner bit drilling. Used a 5/8" end-mill bit I had.

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    I had a plywood base fastened to the base of the mill. Didn't hold real well after a bit of milling. Going to rig up something better today.

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    Took les than 1/16" each pass.
     
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    New baseplate bolted on today. 2 layers of 1/2" plywood. First layer bolted down, second layer was screwed on top with holes drilled out for bottom bolt heads to protrude up so layers lay flat on each other.

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    Screwed leftover MDF template pieces around edges to hold secure while milling.

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    Cleaning up after Forstner drilling.
    Slow going, but nice & precise.
     
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    Yep, sold my Songbird a couple months back, but mine was a bit thicker , maybe 3". There were some different styles of those. The world does need some hollow thicker Tele types for Jazz etc. I tried to find one to no avail, considered modifying an older Telecoustic. Asked a few builders to build a body to no avail. (take a lefty and righty Thinline body with no back and glue em together! How hard can that be for a builder?) Along the search saw this custom one which is almost thick enough!
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    Got a bit more after supper.

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    Coming along.

    Back thickness is 6.7mm, or 0.27".
     
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    Good score finding that video, and thanks for posting that picture from it. Now I fully understand what they did. Great work to date on yours - you’re giving me ideas! :p - can’t wait to see how this progresses.

    Oh, and I think you mean your back is 6.7mm, not .67. :rolleyes: That would be the ultimate Thinline! :D
     
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    thanks for correcting my measurement. I edited it. o_O

    I took the video of me running the mill. ;)
     
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    Got the milling done.
    Now whittle away with the thumb planes to finish up.

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    All planed & scraped.

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    Down to 2.8lbs.
     
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    Looking good. Nice work around that belly cut area. Definitely not an easy thing to do.
     
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    Got the top glued together last night.

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    This evening, decided to work on fitting the top into the inlay.
    Laid some paper on top of the body & traced out the inlay routed area.

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    Cut out template & marked around edges on spruce top.

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    Laid on body exact centre, lifted edge to see how far from inlay area, then marked. Went to the spindle sander started taking off pencil marks, lay back ontop, mark, sand, & so on. Took about an hour of marking & sanding.
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    Upper area that looks bad, will be removed when neck pocket is routed.

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    Come out pretty close.

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    That is very fine work! How are you planning to fill the gaps between body and top?

    Cheers,

    Alberto
     
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    If you look on Page 1 of this Tread, towards the bottom, I have a pic of the body with my violin purfling edge cutter & X-Acto knife. I'm going to inlay some violin purfling.
     
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