Tales from the kitchen table..

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  1. Rich Rice

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    Hello friends, it has been a while since I've done a thread..

    Anyway, a dear friend sent me a board and has been after me to document my activity here.

    I'm looking forward to sharing a slice of my life with some old friends, and perhaps may make a few new ones along the way.

    I hope you will enjoy the content as much as I enjoy creating it. IMG_20170922_200728.jpg
     
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    Are you building a big hollow plectrum with a sound hole in it
     
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    About a month ago, I got a package with some Tennessee sycamore lumber showed up at my door. I had been discussing a hypothetical build for way down the road with my friend, and he kinda just sent me some wood. Lol

    I figured I would resaw it and see what I could get..

    At that point, I had no idea of the can o' worms he opened.

    Sadly, I wasn't really planning on doing any documentation- really just started slicing away.

    I found a nice topset of Canadian spruce down in the dungeon here, and managed to get a neck blank, bookmatch a back and side set out of the sycamore.
     

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    Seems so, yeah..
     
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    In any event, I kept slicing and dicing until I ran outta wood. That stuff kept on giving.

    I ended up with 3 sets of sides, 3 backs, and one neck blank. Plus an extra side piece.

    Hadn't really been looking to start yet another project, but the wood was here, the saw was cutting well, so why not??
    Lol
     
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    Fast forward a little, and I bent a pair of sides, glued up the top and back sets, made a few neck block and heel blocks... then basically started roughing in an instrument.
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    I made a bunch of the neck blocks, cut them out, stacked and glued them, then carved and sized to fit..
     

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    Then started gluing up..
     

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    Are those swamp ash neck blocks?
     
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    Made a bunch of kerfed linings, started trimming, fitting, gluing and clamping that stuff in place.
     
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    Yep. They're massive, lightweight, strong.
     
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    I know this feels a little rushed, there's just a ton of stuff that went on so far- and I really hadn't planned on doing a thread. Just trying to play catch-up here..
     
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    I cut the neck blank out, also chose some fretboard wood.. no idea what that species is. The board was a gift from another friend whose father was a woodworker. Heaven only knows how many decades this sat in his shop.. lol
     

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    Found a couple of pics from a bit earlier in the thread.. I promise it will get more organized, once it's up to speed.

    My kerfing jig, some of the linings I cut..
     
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    Anyhow, I cut a couple more necks, one from plain rock maple, one from walnut..

    Then started refining and gluing up more body shells.
     

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    I'll be gluing in the linings this morning..

    I got a crazy idea for the leftover side piece (I hate to waste anything), so decided to rip it in half, and make a semihollow, thinline jazz version with a centerblock.

    So what began as an inadvertent start on one instrument has now become four simultaneous builds.. such is my life, these in addition to commissioned builds, repairs, and regular workflow
     

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    Good thing I semi-retired. Down to 10 hour days.. lmao

    Everything escalated as soon as word went out I was going to slow it down. Lol
     
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    Interestingly, I've done my kerfed linings conventionally and reversed on this style body. The reversed (as shown) is substantially more rigid. It's a little more difficult, but the sides really hold their shape better, and I am cutting away little pieces of blocks, instead of a rim, when it gets to binding channels.
     

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    With great humility, I admit to opening the can of worms, it's a gift :lol:. And the first beauty up there will one day be mine :D. Believe you me on that day I'll shout your name from the rooftops :twisted:.And yes, I'm twisted but happily so,dad didn't call me crazydave for nothin' lo :lol:
     
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