2021 Winter Build Off - Thunderbird 5

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  1. 2groggy

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    At first glance, the uninitiated might guess that 2groggy is building a bass guitar from a reclaimed door jamb (poplar), reclaimed cedar from an old playscape and a variety of other offcuts. Those that know him have no doubt, and probably predicted this.

    The 2 real questions are "What is he going to build?" and "Why?". Those that know him, know better than to ask why - they want to know how, because he tends to make things up as he goes along.
    They even tolerate him referring to himself in the third person.

    The "what" is a five string acoustic with the general outline of a Gibson Thunderbird.

    Now the "why"... Quite frankly, due to his routine negligence in following the forum threads under his nose, he didn't know about the "5" theme until relatively late in the game. Thunderbird 5 popped into his head and stuck.

    For those too young to remember, this is Thunderbird 5, from the TV series Thunderbirds are Go.
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    It is never too late to squeeze in a five.



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    Acoustic thunderbird!?!
    Ok, this I like a lot :)
     
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    It was imported to this side of the pond as well. I remember watching it as a kid.

    And this is a very cool idea!
     
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    waitng for something cool
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    Agreed, an acoustic, 5-banger, T-bird sounds awesome! :)
     
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    Yes- the Thunderbirds are GO!!! I recall this as well!!! Puppets cheaper than actors...and whenever the “girl” wrote a letter, a human “hand model” would hold the letter...Lady Penelope...
     
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    LOL at "Super Marionation" vs. "SuperMario Nation"

    Every time I hear a countdown from five, I think of the Rezillos song based on the show.
     
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    Just noticed the pentatonic scale on the wood pile... awesome :lol:
     
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    FAB. Thunderbirds are go.
     
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    The problem with reclaimed lumber...

    Nails

    when whoever it was removed those door jambs many years ago (me), the twit made sure to hammer any finishing nails flush to make sure that nobody ever got a booboo from them. I literally had to cut them out before planing and ripping.

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    Also, I just found out that Sharpie ink bleeds through 68 year old paint,

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    However, I have made myself enough quartersawn pieces to laminate a neck. I'll glue that up over the weekend.

    Happy Holidays to all.
     
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    I used to do industrial carpentry many moons ago, and I had a big nail catch my forearm when I was pitching a board out an opening into a dumpster 25 feet below. That nail caught the sleeve of my thick fire retardant coveralls (I don't miss those) and nearly pulled me out the opening with the board. My pulling it back hard to save myself caused it to dig in and give me a little scar. Even though I'd curse myself for hammering them in flush too, short of pulling each one out, it was the right thing to do. :D
     
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    I don't have any decent way to resaw panels for the top and bottom, and I don't have suitable wood for that anyway. So I am glue up panels from thin pieces. I've done this in the past for hollow wood surfboards. If that construction style can endure my weight, then there should be no problem making a guitar body.

    The panels will be flat. I made a couple of test panels a few days ago but found them boring. So I decided to go for a driftwood look.

    I made a steam chamber to see if that helps with the bending. Steam chamber.jpg

    And started to build a panel face down,
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    I can only glue up a few strips at a time, so this stage might take a while. panel start.jpg

    Edit - apologies for the duplicate pictures
     
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    Cool! :cool:
     
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    Surf bass
    Going to have to play some Dick Dale music on that one :D
     
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    Wait, what am I looking at here? Is that gonna be the top and back?
     
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    I'm planning on this one for the top, unless the next one comes out better
     
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